What happens if you take some of the great Hollywood adventure films of the ’80’s, and mash them up with a good dollop of Stephen King and a bit of Twilight Zone? You get Stranger Things, the new series from Netflix.
Oddly, I hadn’t been paying too much attention to this one until I saw the “Coming Soon” alert when I went into my Netflix account. I say oddly because if this show was aimed at anyone, it was aimed squarely at me. ‘Me’ in the sense of someone who:
1) Spent their teenage years in the ’80’s;
2) Watched a lot of sci-fi, and horror, and Spielberg (well, who didn’t?), and;
3) Read Stephen King (well, not me, but I watched the movies and TV series).
I watched the trailer, nodded to myself, added it to my Watch List, and waited for the alert. Finally, on July 15, the series dropped and we fired it up. And didn’t stop until it was done.
Here’s why… Continue reading