The first time I heard about 'Stranger Things' was from a friend telling me it made them think of me because it started with a group of children playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Being an avid Dungeons fan, and current dungeon master, I went to Netflix and added 'Stranger Things' to my list. I already had a lot on my watchlist, between watching 'How I Met Your Mother' for the ninth time and trying to finish 'Shameless', but I knew I would get around to it eventually. This week, I got around to it.
As of writing this article, I have only seen the first two episodes. I am already hooked.
'Stranger Things' brings so much to the table, I can't begin to tell how happy I am with it so far. The first thing that needs to be addressed, the talent. The actors and actresses are perfect for their roles. I'm about to say something I never expected to say, but the children are all great too. I hate child actors, but Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven absolutely blew my mind. I've never seen something so convincing from a child actor. David Harbour as the sheriff was such an outstanding choice, and I really hope he plays a much larger part in the show moving forward. (Also, I'm beyond ecstatic that he will be playing Hellboy in the reboot! After seeing him in 'Stranger Things', I have no doubt he will do an excellent job.)
Secondly, the show itself has been written so well. As an aspiring television show writer, I have a major respect for what is being done. The set-up of the mystery is exceptional, and I can't help but strap on my tin-foil hat and come up with crazy theories for the show. The scary thing is, 'Stranger Things' is just unpredictable enough that I think I might be right about a few of my theories. I'm going to sound crazy, (unless I'm right) but I totally think that the monster is a trans-dimensional creature which can move across space at will, like teleportation but different. My guess is that Eleven is part of the inhumane testing as part of Project MKUltra that went on during the Cold War to create humans with superpowers. That one I actually think I'm right about though, because all the evidence is literally there. I still don't understand how everything is connected though, or why the monster is killing (kidnapping?) people. I'm so excited to see where this series goes, yet afraid because I know that season two is on the way very soon. How much will be answered by the end of season one, or more importantly, how much won't be?
All in all, the first two episodes were more than enough to get me hooked, and I can't wait to see what else is in store for the rest of season one. I can tell I'm going to have to watch it all over again once I finish, so I can catch everything I didn't notice the first time around.