To be completely honest with you guys and gals, we think that Netflix’s Stranger Things is a bit unusual in terms of its fan base. Don’t understand what we’re saying here? Well, let’s just say that it’s not common for a series that’s not based on any comic book property to have such an intense following. Hell, even the likes of Twin Peaks and Joss Whedon’s Firefly don’t have fans as noisy and as passionate about Eleven and the gang. To understand why this is so, here are some reasons why Stranger Things should at least be on your to-watch list!
Hey, the whole shtick of Stranger Things is to pander to nostalgic folks out there, and it does so in spades. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s a bad thing: the show pays homage to the bygone decade gracefully. As opposed to shoving factoids, references, and Easter eggs based on the decade haphazardly, Stranger Things makes its homage to the 1980s in such an organic way that viewers can vividly see what was so great – and not so great – about the era.
As opposed to real 80s movies and TV shows where characters fall into one dimension, Stranger Things raises the bar by giving us numerous, if not each and every one of them, characters that have more to them than meets the eye. There’s the gruff sheriff, who has a pretty tragic back story; the crazy mom, whom you’ll find out actually has had anxiety issues throughout her life; and perhaps best of all, there’s the popular kid who ends up becoming one of the most redeemed characters in the show, among others. Of course, we won’t tell you everything about it; it’s best if you watch it for yourself.
It’s a mish-mash of genres
One of the things that make Stranger Things such an approachable show that enables it to garner a wide fan base is because of how it is able to fuse genres into one entertaining whole. At first glance, you might just think of it as just another show about prepubescent kids going on adventures, but there’s more to it. For one, there’s the love angle. For another, there’s the suspense thriller side of the show. And all of it is as engaging as the other. That is, except that one episode from season 2 with Eleven’s “sister”. Hey, we said Stranger Things was great, not perfect!
These days, movies and TV shows more or less rely on CGI to bring the action to screen. Not Stranger Things, though: it’s a show where CGI only serves to compliment the already stellar acting from the cast and production values of the program.
Seriously, if you don’t like Dustin, then you’re either a robot or you’re a totally joyless troll living under a bridge. If you ask us, Dustin deserves a spin-off show. Yeah, we’d definitely watch that.
So, what’s in store for Stranger Things season 3? Only time will tell! Until then, we have two seasons to binge to our heart’s delight!
Author: Josh Hayett
Josh is a retired comic book artist who never made it to the big leagues (to be fair- he never really tried) so now he’s here writing stuff about what other people are doing with their talents.
Always with an opinion about TV shows, Movies and especially why Marvel is the best ever,