“Stranger Things” Provides Lingering Confusion and Mystery

Stranger Things an original Netflix series has sparked a lot of hype across the web during the summer.

The show marks the return of Winona Ryder and brings back the 80s esthetic and mystery genre. Those are all important factors that help to propel the show into an actual cultural phenomenon. I bet many will disguise themselves as some of the characters this Halloween.

If it may seem dark and scary on the outside looking in, I would say the suspense is greater. There is a real eerie and confused feeling that follows throughout the storyline.

The show centers on the search for a missing young boy named Will (Noah Schnapp) in the small town of Hawkins. There is great mystery surrounding Will’s strange (to say the least) captor, a monster in the Upside Down which happens to be in another dimension…Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour) leads the investigation with the help of the boy’s mother played by Winona Ryder.

One of the unexpected core to the story is friendships between childhood friends and Eleven, a young girl with telepathic powers that holds the key to finding the missing Will Byers. The bond between the characters is very strong. They are in this peculiar journey together until the end, no matter what happens.

It is also refreshing to see that a large part of the cast are children, resourceful and smart characters who infuse comedy and bravery in this compelling series. Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven is a standout in Stranger Things. She manages to convincingly add many nuances to her portrayal of a young girl who has been experimented on by a group of governmental scientists while maintaining innocence.

Stranger Things is an experience and a worthwhile experience that can draw in even people like myself who aren’t big fans of the horror genre. The intrigue and the mystery is what keeps the viewer wanting more. The show blends investigative drama with science fiction and a side of disturbing (Dr. Brenner and The Monster notably).

With only 8 episodes it is easy to binge-watch and definitely worth it. I give the first season of Stranger Things 4.5 out of 5 stars.

A second season of Stranger Things has been confirmed with a trailer including the episode titles. It should be released in early summer 2017.