‘Stranger Things’ will have fans craving more


Jamie Pellikaan, Co-Editor

A secret government facility, a girl with mysterious powers, and a group of kids whose loyalty is unyielding are all the characteristics that make “Stranger Things” (Netflix) a show you don’t want to miss.

Created by the Duffer Brothers, “Stranger Things” opens up on the disappearance of Will Byers.

Joyce (Winona Ryder), Will’s mother, searches for him, but while searching, Joyce and other members of her small town community uncover unsettling discoveries about the government lab located right outside of town.

The picturesque small rural town of Hawkins, Ind., home to the East Hawkins Laboratory, a branch of the Department of Energy, and the cause of the many problems the protagonists face.

Introducing the 12-year-old protagonists with their bicycles and playing Dungeons & Dragons is a play right out of Stephen Spielberg’s book, and themes from 1980’s science fiction thrillers continues when they meet Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), the girl with mysterious powers.

Entwining retro themes of aliens and secrecy regarding the government and using modern cinematography, “Stranger Things” should be likened to more of an experience than a television program.

Fast paced story lines and an entrancing dose of mystery dominate the overall plot of the television show, transporting the viewer back to a time when science fiction captivated audiences.

Not only does the show bring a dose of nostalgia to older viewers, but it introduces younger viewers to a time when small towns with dark secrets were the main go to for television, movies and books.

Besides the plot, the characters and their development in just eight episodes is a key component of what made “Stranger Things” such a compelling show.

Chief Hopper (David Harbour) displays a devil-may-care attitude in the beginning, but transitions to heading the investigation and uncovering the truth about what is happening in town.

The show does have a few flaws, like having a cliché teenage love story, but these flaws can easily be overlooked as the mystery of the show progresses.

Overall, fans of science fiction, or just good TV, should seriously consider watching the latest Netflix Original series.

“Stranger Things” is only available on Netflix.