A Netflix Series Reviewed by Kerry E.B. Black
“Stranger Things” starts off with a flashback bang, a scientist frantic to leave a facility with flashing lights and ominous sirens. Action moves on to a nostalgic-feeling small Indiana town and a group of nerdy twelve-year-olds. When one of their group, Will (Noah Schnapp), doesn’t return from a Dungeons and Dragons gathering, his single mother Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) seeks help from the police who inform her in 99 out of 100 cases, the missing kids is with his parent. “What happens the other time?” She demands. This series explores the 100th case, and so much more. The continued investigation reveals secret government experiments, turns up a claustrophobic little girl (Millie B. Brown) named 011 with extraordinary powers, and supernatural worlds.
Against their parents’ wishes and orders by the Police, the kids, headed by Mike (Finn Wolfhard), search for their friend, dancing closer to dangerous and unexplainably “Stranger Things.”
Engaging characters, good acting, a Goonies-like feel, and an authenticity of motivation makes “Stranger Things” an interesting viewing experience. Each episode written, produced, and directed by the Duffer Brothers seems like an installment in a series, building the tension and sentimentally nodding to horror from the 1980’s. The first season consists of eight creepy-fun episodes that aired on 15 July, 2016, all punctuated by a brilliant soundtrack.