Rated a 9/10 on IMDB, Stranger Things is a Netflix original drama series, though other genres it's classified as include Supernatural Fiction, Horror Fiction and Mystery. The show is set in a (fictional) town called Hawkins, Indiana in the year 1983. The first season revolves around a young boy, Will Byers, who goes missing.
After his sudden disappearance, three separate investigations take place. The first is his mother Joyce (played by the iconic Winona Ryder) who launches an investigation to find him. She ends up discovering a whole lot more than she bargained for when she teams up with local town sheriff, Jim Hopper, as they start uncovering secrets and finding out truths previously told by a top-secret government, who are performing experiments involving supernatural forces. I'm telling you, what they discover has got me SHOOK.
Meanwhile, Will's best friends (Dustin, Lucas and Mike) are launching their own investigation. Being the last ones to see Mike after a game of Dungeons and Dragons, the boys go on a hunt to discover what really happened to their friend. This is when they meet a young girl, named Eleven, in the woods. Eleven (or El, as the boys start calling her once they become friends) is incredibly strange and hella powerful, which is pretty cool once you ignore all the nosebleeds.
Eleven rescues her friends by tossing a van aside...with her mind.
It is revealed that she is one of the successful experiments that the top-secret government created. The more time the boys spend with her, the more they realize she's not only a clue to finding Will, but also a deadly weapon against the government that created her.
Nancy and Jonathan
The third and last investigation is conducted by two unlikely allies; the picture-perfect and popular Nancy (Mike's older sister) and Jonathan (Will's older brother), who enjoys photography a little too much. The two pair up after they discover they have a common goal, which results in them eventually becoming friends.
Together, Joyce, Sheriff Hopper, Dustin, Lucas, Mike, Eleven, Nancy and Jonathan are all finding separate pieces of the puzzle that will help to locate Will. The different groups discover important information and it's only when they all start working together that they realize there's much more to what they could ever had imagined.
Stranger Things has become one of my favourite series. There's the 80s nostalgia, the slightly awkward fashion, an incredible soundtrack and spectacular performances. The kids are all great actors /actresses, despite their age. (Most of them are only twelve.) Even though there's the seriousness of fighting monsters, discovering secrets and other supernatural adventures, there's still a bit of a coming-of-age story as the boys maintain their friendship and as one of the boys develop romantic feelings for El. The overall show is excellent and fun, with a hint of danger which you have to be alert for, as clues are scattered in various episodes, creating an interaction between the audience and the characters in the show.
Shoutout to my boyfriend Zikri for giving me this blog post idea!