If you don’t live under a rock, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the latest sci-fi drama Stranger Things on Netflix. Although it was released in late July, it took a lot of convincing for me to watch it due to my distaste for sci-fi. After the first episode, it’s safe to say I jumped on the bandwagon. But be warned, this is not a show to take lightly, watch on your laptop with the screen too close, or watch with a full bladder.
From the start, an eerie setting is established. Naturally, that alone prepares you for something not so nice to happen, but the level of strange is what would hook any viewer. It sets the stage for the kind of show this will be: a melting pot of mystery, drama, science fiction, ironic humor, and heart palpitation-inducing horror. The plot revolves around the typical “science project gone wrong and now the whole town is about to die” sort of thing. How can anyone resist the constant turn of events and surprises frequently being thrown at the viewer, with no explanation at all?
As for the show’s monster, it’s over the top yet not too cheesy. Which I must admit, really separates it from most sci-fi shows. It’s set in the 80s, typical. But what’s ironic is the technological advancement that creates the monster (I know, I know, booooring, but you just have to trust me on this) and the way everything unravels. Definitely not something you’d expect would happen in the 80s. Another element that makes this show rock are the characters. They grow on you from the start. Their innocent shenanigans will make anyone reminiscent of their childhood and they’re actually pretty funny as well. One of them, suffering in real life from Cleidocranial Dysplasia, even jokes about his condition when bullied for it.
Although I’ve only just watched the first episode, I can’t help but be excited for season 2. Netflix just announced this week that the show is being renewed and not surprisingly, everyone’s going wild. Fans can anticipate nine new episodes in 2017. Until then, it’s safe to say I’ll be binge-watching season 1, as I do with every show I watch, and then proceed to regret finishing it so fast. I’m already feeling the dread of waiting about a year for season 2, but with a show that bends the norms of so many traditional genres, it’s way too refreshing to resist watching it all at once.