By: Erin Chessin
It is a combination of mystery, adventure and that ‘80s nostalgia all in one – we’ve never seen anything quite like “Stranger Things.” Netflix is rising to the top as a contender for who can make the most addictive original series. It is impossible to not get hooked on at least one of the many original series they have spit out recently. I would call “Stranger Things” a mix between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg; you get that perfection combination of ‘80s sci-fi and horror.
The story starts off with a missing boy named Will Byers, and the audience thinks, “oh great another cheesy ‘80s horror series.” But then you have Byers’ mother, brother, three best friends and the police chief involved, who end up discovering more than they wanted to know about what is out there in the world. You fear the head of the Hawkins Laboratory, who is conducting inhumane practices in efforts to stop the horrific monster they allowed to exist.
There are unexplainable tragic events, people going missing, lights flickering and dark elements – it’s quite the adventure three little kids go on. We have Dustin, nicknamed Toothless, who strikes his audience as geeky and innocent. Mike might have to be everyone’s favorite, just because he is probably the most compassionate of all the characters on the show. Lucas has to be that voice of caution, warning his friends of the dangers they could be accidentally getting involved in.
In their small town of Hawkins, Ind., everyone knows everyone. It is a matter of all the characters figuring out how all the strange things that have occurred are connected; and better yet, why they are even happening.
There is no doubt that I give this new television series a glowing review; I mean, it has to be one of the most compelling series that Netflix has created. However, those who have never seen “The Shining” or are simply not into entertainment that haunts you, the storyline might not be as intriguing to you as it is to that sci-fi/horror genre fanatic. “Stranger Things” is perfect for those popcorn and warm blanket nights. It is enough to give you a scare and provoke that sense of fear in you that you haven’t grasped since you last watched “The Shining.”