Stranger Things Review

Ashley Budiwarman, Staff Writer

“Stranger Things,” a TV show that Netflix released this past summer, has been all the rage. It is a well-written and directed television show by Matt and Ross Duffer (The Duffer Brothers). This short season sparked interest in thousands and is a perfect fit for audiences who are not horror show fanatics, but they enjoy creepy and on-edge elements. Set in the 1980s, this show is a combination of The Goonies and American Horror Story which appeals to a wide range of audiences.

The child actors — Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin and Finn Wolfhard as Mike — portray their roles very well, especially considering their ages. These three walk in their characters’ shoes quite nicely and even resemble characters of The Goonies as well as E.T.

The story is centered around the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy, Will Byers, who goes missing after a night of playing “Dungeons and Dragons” in the fictional town Hawkins, Indiana. While his friends are searching for him, they find an interesting girl named Eleven, who they soon find out is somehow related to Will. The chief, Will’s brother, his mother, and the whole town are trying to figure out what really happened.

As Will’s loved ones are trying to uncover the truth, a sinister government agency in search of Eleven is trying to cover up the disappearances. The directors of the show keep the plot interesting and audiences hooked with unexpected turns to catch them off guard. This is usually really hard to do in a short eight-episode season, however, the story is so well developed that they seamlessly pulled it off.

Season two has been confirmed for 2017 and audiences are getting ready for more thrills. Nobody knows if it’s going to be the same cast as the first season, but nonetheless, the second season will hopefully live up to the first.