It’s no surprise Netflix is pumping out it’s own original series as they’ve started a few years ago with Orange Is The New Black, House Of Cards, etc. Their recent original series is Stranger Things which has been the latest ‘it’ talk. I was iffy about starting this series (season 1) as I wanted to be sure it was worth spending my time on, and I ensure you it is worth the hype!
This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 — inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce’s 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl.
Stranger Things has an impressive rating of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and 9.1/10 on IMDB! I started binging the series during the weekend and surprisingly finished in about 24 hours. I wasn’t aware there were only 8 episodes to the season, I expected around 13 to be the minimum. Once you start the first episode, it’ll slowly hook you into the plot and keep you interested throughout. There are twists and turns you don’t expect, and the series doesn’t quite fit into one genre. I thought it brought out equally as much of horror to me as it did for sci-fi.
The acting of the young children were brilliant, the direction was well done, the story was fitting, the costumes were well made. I was spooked a few times each episode, especially with the flickering lights, the suspense, and many more which kept me on the edge of my seat. The children (who are the main characters) were a different take than the usual shows I watch. I don’t think I’ve watched a show where it was carried by children, but it was so dynamic and carried the show altogether.
The stories touched on several issues between the relationship of kids and their parents, the kids typical struggles at school, strength of friendship and loyalty, and also slight romance. Everything was nicely wrapped by the eighth episode with some loose threads hanging for a potential next season, although I would have preferred a few different ways for the season to end.
Lastly, Eleven (11) does a fantastic job and is one of the bravest characters you’ve encountered – you’ll see when you watch! If you watched Stranger Things already, what did you think? Share you thoguhts on social media (twitter @sandie_esque / instagram @sandiesque / facebook @sandiesque)