TV Review: “Stranger Things”

Stranger Things Netflix series poster

Stranger Things

OVERALL: Holy Toledo Blades! This show is amazing.

POINTS: Wow. Where to begin? I love how the show evolved and revealed the plot and the characters. Wow. I keep wanting to use the word “different” when describing this show because it is different than what I expected and what I anticipated as the show.

PITFALLS: Where is season 2?

FEMALE CHARACTER(S): What I find most interesting, and I will discuss it more in Cultural Pitfalls, is the growth and change of the Female Characters in this show.

First, I salute Winona Ryder for her performance as Joyce Byers. At first this character annoyed me, but as the show went on, wow, we saw Joyce’s strength and got to enjoy a multi-layered performance. Well done! 

Second, Natalia Dyer as Karen Wheeler. She could have been the typical Virgin/Who/Victim girl who is having her first boyfriend/sexual encounter. She wasn’t. She ended up being pretty cool. Well done. 

Third, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven. Those eyes that can stare forever. Well done. 

CULTURAL PITFALL(S): I was bugged when I began watching this that I thought I would be very traditional in portrayals of men and women. Then the show progressed and it got better. I am also glad that there were PoC in this show – see 4.) under High Points.

HIGH POINT(S):

1.) Winona Ryder. Gurrrl you got the chops! I knew you were good but WHOA! You are BOOD!

2.) Music. Stranger Things’: Listen to a Spotify Playlist of the Show’s Biggest Hits, from ‘White Rabbit’ to ‘Heroes.

3.) Indiana. This show takes place in southern Indiana. Please, this Hoosier woman knows. There are hills and quarries. Ok, they probably didn’t film this in Indiana (why ever not?!?!) but it is Indiana and that makes it extra sweet for me. Oh and Hubby agrees it is in southern Indiana as well. Indiana Official Website (please ignore Pence) and Indiana on Wikipedia.

4.) Jerk Boyfriend Who Wasn’t. Joe Keery played Steve Harrington who began as the lying skeevy jerk boyfriend and ended up being well, not. Oh just watch the show. Oh and look-out for Steve’s baseball bat swinging abilities. 

5.) Lucas Sinclair – Hero. Played by Caleb McLaughlin. I LOVE how Lucas becomes a hero – and dresses, no wait, DRESSES up as a superhero and goes and does the heroic thing. Just watch!

BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3 to 3 of 3. Cool.

RACIAL BECHDEL TEST (Website): 1 of 3.

IMDB: Stranger Things (TV Series 2016-)

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:  Watch Stranger Things* | Stranger Things – Twitter | Stranger Things – Facebook  |  Stranger Things (Wikipedia)

DVD/BLU-RAY WORTHY: Yes. Thank goodness I have a Netflix subscription. Go Netflix!

LION PAW PRINTS: 3.5 of 5. Love it.

SCOTT SAYS: No matter what weird stuff you like, Stranger Things has it all. It’s not for the main stream it is for the independents. And every independent will love it!

Stranger Things – Trailer 1 – Netflix [HD]

Stranger Things – Trailer 2 – Netflix [HD]

Stranger Things – Winona Ryder Featurette – Netflix [HD]

WARNING!!!!! This will make you want to watch it. -CFRStranger Things – The First 8 Minutes – Series Opener – Netflix [HD]

*CFR: In Addition: Netflix, I love you but really? You need to seriously up your game and make actual Websites for your shows. I mean, you would use Weebly or WordPress for gosh sakes!

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