Recently, Netflix released another original series entitled Stranger Things, and it seems to have taken the United States by storm. Sean and I completed the series this past weekend, and I feel compelled to share my thoughts about it. As usual, I'm going to keep this as spoiler-free as possible with no synopsis and only my likes and dislikes.
What I Liked:
The Setting: The story takes place in the 80's, and it truly has that 80's feel to it. It's almost like watching E.T. or something similar. Since I was a kid in the 80's, it's rather nostalgic, and I like it.
The Kids: Each child actually behaves and talks like a child. They are all endearing characters, but Dustin is my favorite.
Eleven: I don't know exactly what happened to that child, but she is AWESOME!
Portrayal of Teachers: Usually in movies that don't focusing on amazing teachers, the teachers are portrayed as rude individuals who care nothing for their students, are oblivious to things going on in their classrooms, and are only there for a paycheck. As a teacher, I can assure you that, for most teachers, this is a highly inaccurate portrayal. However, in Stranger Things, the teachers (especially Mr. Clarke) genuinely care for the students and take their jobs seriously. Bravo, Netflix. You portrayed the reality of teaching.
Chief Hopper: He's cool.
The Suspense: Each episode kept me on my toes, wondering what would happen next.
Chapters: The episodes are called chapters with their own titles. That's cool; it makes it seem like a visual novel (which it technically is).
What I Didn't Like:
I did not appreciate one character not getting an on-screen funeral. This character deserved it. I also do not like how the season ended. What exactly is Chief Hopper doing? Where is El? Why is one character hacking up bits of alien material? Are we getting a second season? We'd better, because my inquiring mind NEEDS to know!
All in all, this series is AWESOME! If you haven't watched it, you definitely should. If you have, let me know what you think about it in the comments.
Until the next post . . . keep smiling!