After posting about the possibility that we might wind up with action figures from this show, I thought to myself “We did have a Stranger Things topic here, didn’t we?” And I looked and I looked. And we apparently never talked about Stranger Things here. My apologies – I think we’re losing our touch, guys.
What were your thoughts on Stranger Things? Just right? Satisfying? Vastly overhyped? (There’s a complete guide here, though I went out of my way to keep it from being too spoilery – there’s much to be gained by still watching the show itself.)
I kinda loved it myself. I didn’t watch it for quite a while because I had a slightly knee-jerk hipster reaction to the rapidly expanding mushroom cloud of hype, but it turned out to be well-earned. The show is a lot of fun, and truly scary. I don’t think Winona Ryder has ever been this good in anything I’ve seen her in before. They really got the ’80s feel of it right – you couldn’t tell that story in a modern setting where everyone’s got cameras on the phones they all have in their pocketses. The story had to be set in 1983, when kids were free to roam, explore, find a bit of trouble, and accidentally open the gates of hell with their new telekinetic friend. It’s a nice collision of modern horror and simpler times, and horror isn’t usually a genre that sits well with me, but I really dug this. The kids are all perfectly cast; the girl who plays Eleven is capable of being kinda scary.
Really looking forward to season 2. I totally loved season 1 and absorbed it completely. They nailed about 99% of the time period just right (the one thing that stuck out like a sore, anachronistic thumb to me was when “Sunglasses at Night” was playing in the background in one scene; that song had not been released yet. Early demo copy?). Can’t wait! Note to producers: please feature Karen Wheeler much more prominently. Rowrf!