Stranger Things

Occasionally I emerge from under the rock which I live and watch a little tv.  It’s not always satisfying to be honest and over time I’ve turned more to watching boxed sets of series that are proving really popular, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Walking Dead – and most recently Stranger Things (although this isn’t a box set but a series on Netflix).  If, like me, things sometimes stay elusively off your radar let me do you a favour by highlighting this series.  I loved it.  I didn’t just like it – I absolutely loved it.  It just had so much going for it that I watched the entire series in two sittings -and now I want to watch them again – and I’m so happy that a season 2 is already in the offing.

A little about Stranger Things.  Firstly it’s a series that pays homage to 80s pop culture.  The whole time I was watching it was like having continual recall of 80s films – ET, Close Encounters, The Goonies – even think of films such as Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful and then overlay all of this with a Stephen King vibe and a Spielberg type production – yep, if you love your references think of Ready Player One, The Iron Druid Chronicles, Amongst Others – then you’ll love this!  Well I certainly did anyway, I just couldn’t help myself, for a split second I could have gone down the route of thinking – ‘this is just a rip off’ but literally that was a mere second of a thought, a ghost of a thought even – I watched probably about 5 minutes and I was in the zone!

The story revolves around the disappearance of a young boy called Will, the frantic search by his mother Joyce to find him, aided by Chief of police Hopper and also the search undertaken by his three friends assisted by a young runaway girl, who they’re keeping hidden and who seems to possess telekinetic abilities.

The characterisation is great – Winona Ryder plays an excellent role as the desperate mother who just knows that her son is still out there lost and David Harper plays a great role as the reluctantly believing Chief of Police – who starts to uncover things that he can’t comprehend!  But, the absolute show stealers are the young boys who play the geek squad gang – the ones who are picked on a bit at school, they’re not the popular kids – but they don’t care, they’re super geeky and they love it!  The gang consists of Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb Mclaughlin) and of course the disappearing boy, Will, played by Noah Schnapp and finally Eleven or El (Millie Bobby Brown).  The characters are all really good to be honest.

The setting is also really good with plenty of atmosphere – Hawkins, Indiana.  A small town bordered by a creepy forest that hides a sinister feeling Government complex.  We spend a lot of time in Will’s home watching Joyce unravel, we travel back and forth between the boys’ favourite haunts and homes (particularly Mike’s basement) and the school.

There’s not a lot more I can say really.  Shown on Netflix I understand the series has been approved a year two – which I can’t wait for!  Written and directed by the Duffer brothers this is a supernatural, horror, sci-fi extravaganza.

I don’t review a lot of films or tv shows but this one had to be the exception.  I loved this series and just wanted to share it with you.  Great plot, cast, music and a fantastic homage to the 80s.  I’ve put the trailer below:

Get onto this if you haven’t already done so!

26 Responses to “Stranger Things”

  1. paperjasmine

    It is so amazing!!! I loved it too!!!! Great post 😁😁😁😁😁😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      So good! I want more – series two due out 2017 but I think I’ll watch this again before then.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jennifer | Book Den

    Yeeess. I loved it, too. I can’t get enough so I’m definitely looking forward to season 2!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Season 2 is going to be my most anticipated must have tv for a long time.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I might need to look into this. I don’t watch much TV, but I hear about Stranger Things all the time, like literally my TL is full of people talking about how awesome it is.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Going off our similar our taste in books is I’m tempted to say that you would love this. I was sceptic for the first five minutes and then I was hooked. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that we watched all 8 episodes in two nights – we just couldn’t stop watching ‘just one more’ syndrome reared it’s head.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Carmen

    It’s good to know that you loved this one. I saw Winona Ryder on an entertainment show talking about this one and paid it no mind, but it looks like I’ll have to give it a go.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, yes, jumps up and down – give it a go! Now I just hope you love it!
      Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    This does sound great and exactly my cup of tea 🙂

  6. Grace

    I’ve heard so many good things about Stranger Things, although I keep putting it off starting a new series until I finish the rest of the Penny Dreadful episodes that are on Netflix. I’m hoping I’ll get around to starting it soon! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think you’ll love it – I just couldn’t watch it fast enough!
      Penny Dreadful is a series that I need to watch – it looks right up my street.
      Lynn 😀

  7. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Mention of this series keeps popping up in several places, lately, but this is the firs time it truly crossed my attention threshold, and I’m more than intrigued, particularly for the period feeling that seems to be one of its strongest points. Thank you so much for sharing this, I will keep watch to see if it appears on my sat-channel programming!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is brilliant – I loved it and hope you get an opportunity to check it out.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Coffee & a BookChick (@CoffeeBookChick)

    I’m really excited to watch this. I’ve been trying to get some time over the past week and I’ve been consumed with other things. I need to get to this one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, make sure you have a few hours to spare because virtually everyone I know who has watched this has binge watched it! It’s a bit all consuming.
      Lynn 😀

  9. Jay

    I loved it also. I guess i didn’t watch the opening credits too closely at first because I didn’t even realize that was Winona Ryder until the second episode(!) 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s great isn’t it – can’t wait for the next series.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Deb Atwood

    I so agree! This was a fantastic series. My absolute favorite character was Eleven with Dustin a close second. I just hope the sequel can live up to this stellar beginning.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Me too – I’m so excited – in fact the wait is almost unbearable. If you have any more good series that you think I’ll enjoy do let me know.
      Lynn 😀

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  13. Tammy

    Not sure how I missed this post from you! Stranger Things is one of my new favorite TV shows, and I really don’t watch much TV anymore, so that’s saying something! I think it’s so well produced, acted, directed, awesome cinematography, it couldn’t be better. I can’t wait for Season 2 which has already started production!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, we also don’t tend to watch tv – we’ll sit down and watch series on box sets usually – this one we watched in two nights! We enjoyed it so much. I can’t wait for Season 2. I just loved everything about this and how it conjured up so many films that I love!
      Lynn 😀

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