Friday, 13 January 2017

Stranger Things: Season 1

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If you're unaware of the excitement around Netflix Original Series Stranger Things then where have you been hiding?

Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror web TV series created by the Duffer Brothers, it's both written and directed by Mark and Ross Duffer, and executive-produced by Shawn Levy.
Season 1 stars:

Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
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David Harbour as Jim Hopper
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Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
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Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven aka El
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Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
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Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
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Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
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Charlie Heaton as Jonathon Byers
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Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
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With appearances from Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Matthew Modine as Martin Brenner and Joey Keery as Steve Harrington. The series is set in the 1980's in a fictional town called Hawkins in Indiana, it's a homage to 1980's pop culture, inspired by the works of Steve Spielberg, John Carpenter, Stephen King, Robert Zemeckis and George Lucas to name a few.

It was released on Netflix on July 15th 2016 and received critical acclaim for it's characterisation, pacing, atmosphere, acting, soundtrack, directing, writing and homage to 1980's genre films. On August 31st 2016 Netflix renewed the series for a 2nd season to be released in 2017(this year, I cannot wait). According to Symphony Technology Group, within the first 35 days of it's release, the series averaged ratings around 14.07 million adults between ages 18-49 in the US alone. It has become the 3rd most-watched season of Netflix Original content in the US.

Season 1 follows the disappearance of a young boy, and the appearance of a telekinetic girl, who helps his friends in their search, while the boy's older brother, his mother and the town police chief start their own investigations into his disappearance.

November 6th 1983, in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, a 12 year old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will's frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while police chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation. Will's friends Dustin, Mike and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know his location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.

This series was brought to my attention by a friend when he told me the opening theme reminded him of Tron Legacy, so I decided to check the show out. Season 1 is 8 episodes long and I completed it within 3 days watching between 2-3 episodes a night, I was hooked from the 1st episode. This was the first thing I'd seen from Winona Ryder since her shoplifting scandal back in 2001. I personally think this series will make her a fully fledged household name again as she was amazing in the show, but I think the top marks for acting goes to 5 kids in their portrayal as Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Eleven and Will, this show proves there are some amazing child actors working in the entertainment world. I really can't wait to see how all their characters progress in the 2nd season. If I didn't know that this was a recent show, I would have believed it was created in the 80's as nothing was overlooked. some serious research went into the creation of this show as everything from the characters wardrobe to the soundtrack was spot on. I'm a big fan of horror, thriller and science fiction genre's and I love it when a series can keep me on the edge of my seat from the start to the end of not just the episodes but the full series. If you haven't I seriously recommend watching this series as I think it's one of Netflix's best Original shows and I'm sure it won't disappoint, I'd be surprised if you came away from the series thinking you'd wasted time watching and not looking forward to see what is going to happen in the 2nd season. The series ends with questions that are probably going to be answered in season 2 if not in future seasons as I can see Stranger Things being around for a while especially if they keep on throwing out good content.

Season 2 teaser

Have you watched Stranger Things?
What did you think about it?
Let me know in the comments below.

See you soon!

Zai Jian

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