Review: Stranger Things

By Lucas Shim

The Mirror Staff

“I like this show because I was really able to connect and relate with the characters, specifically Nancy, and for it being a Netflix show, it was unexpectedly good. I also thought the plot was interesting, and the storyline was well-written,” said Aaliyah Ali-khan.


Things Get Stranger and Stranger

ENTERTAINMENT: Stranger Things from Netflix leaves viewers drooling for more supernatural comedy.

While most people keep raving about the New England Patriots and their amazing comeback to prevail in Super Bowl LI, others are drooling over the new teaser trailer for the second season of Stranger Things that previewed during the commercials.

Right after the trailer aired, Netflix immediately uploaded it on Youtube where it reached approximately 11 million views in less than two days.

The trailer made Netflix the most mentioned Super Bowl Brand of 2017 with a total of 307,000 tweets and counting on Twitter.

It was also nominated in the Ad Blitz, where users can vote for their favorite commercial that aired specifically for the Super Bowl.

The media is also currently buzzing with reaction videos and fan theories about the show.

Stranger Things is a science fiction/fantasy based drama that first aired July 2016 on Netflix. It was written by Matt and Ross Duffer, who are also known for directing a thriller called Hidden and writing several episodes of the TV series Wayward Pines.

The show’s first season, set in a small Indiana town in 1983, revolves around a boy named Will Byers who mysteriously disappears without a single trace after leaving his friend’s house.

Racing to find her son, his mother, Joyce Byers, played by Winona Ryder, desperately calls Chief Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, for help and to spread the news about her missing child.

Meanwhile, Will’s friends, Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair, played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, and Caleb McLaughlin, decide to investigate Will’s disappearance on their own—until they come across a strange girl who calls herself “Eleven,” played by Millie Bobby Brown. Soon realizing that Eleven’s background may somewhat be connected to Will’s disappearance, the kids, including Joyce and Hopper, come across supernatural phenomena and secret government experiments in their quest for the truth.

The reason why Stranger Things stands out from other shows is that while it has a unique 80’s vibe with references to Star Wars and comic books, it is also able to express multiple themes, including horror and romance, with a slight touch of comedy.

The horror aspect revolves around the sudden disappearance of Will Byers and the secret background of Eleven. These events present an ominous tone with intense pop-ups that kept the audience on the edge of their seats.

Teenagers can relate to the romantic aspect of the show, especially the teen drama between characters Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington, played by Natalie Dyer and Joe Keery, and even the comedic relationships, such as the one between Mike and Eleven. However, the supernatural eventually catches up to each one of them.

After watching the first ten minutes of the first episode, it’s apparent that there’s going to be a comedic vibe, especially between Mike, Dustin, Lucas and their light-hearted encounters with Eleven, even as the show turns more serious and dark.

The show barely has any cons, but some may be disappointed that a majority of the mysteries and cliffhangers presented throughout the season were not answered as the storyline ends. However, keeping the story at a stable pace and not shoving all the answers down the audience’s throats was a good strategy by the Duffer Brothers, considering that they are most likely saving the answers for the second season.

The cliffhangers gave the audiences no choice but to click on the next episode for more.

The show managed to receive a user rating of 9.0 on IMDB and a fresh score of 95% by both audience and critics on Rotten Tomatoes.

Saddening many fans, Stranger Things is unfortunately expected to return on Oct. 31, the day of Halloween.

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