“should i stay or should i go now…” | stranger things.

stranger-things-poster(You know you’re a fan when this song makes you tear up.)

Before I start, here’s the obligatory disclaimer: This show has language.  Like crazy.  And little kids saying the words.  (Okay so they’re like twelve but I’ve adopted them because they’re all so cute.)  And there’s a sexy scene in one episode.  I love this show, but it’s got stuff in it, so don’t go off and watch it and then get mad at me for not notifying you of that fact.  (It’s happened.  I kid you not.  XD)  You have been warned.

(Also, this isn’t a review, it’s just a place for me to fangirl.)

Okay, so Stranger Things, if you haven’t heard of it, is the brainchild of two brothers, and it’s Netflix’s most recent (amazing) original series.  My family just got Netflix streaming, so we’re pretty new to it and haven’t seen the other shows, so I can’t say how this one compares but it’s pRETTY FREAKIN’ GOOD.  (I have very little desire to see Orange Is the New Black, so…  Netflix is where I watch Friends and Gilmore Girls.)

stranger-things1My sister and I had heard a lot about it, and after a friend recommended it, we decided to try it.  We watched the first episode in a dark, empty house, which heightened the experience significantly.

And, from that first episode, we were hooked.  We watched an episode or two every other night (after finishing our school and other responsibilities, obviously) and finished it in a week.

Not only is the plot amazing, it’s so original.  It’s like Stephen King + Stand By MeThe Goonies + Jaws + 80’s + sci-fi amazingness + everything Spielberg.  And it’s incredible.

But the characters are my favorite.

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lucas, dustin, mike, and eleven.  (aka my children)

First, you’ve got the kids – a group of literal twelve-year-olds, shoved into this incredibly adult situation when their best friend goes missing and crazy stuff starts happening.

Not gonna spoil much, but Dustin is hilarious, Lucas is so wise, Mike is just ALL AROUND AWESOME, and Eleven is precious.  (And Will’s great, too, but he’s only in like eight scenes.  But the scenes he’s in made me weep  – he’s SUCH A GOOD ACTOR.  {see his “should I stay or should I go” scene})

They’re all good good actors.  Gaten (Dustin) was in Les Miserables on Broadway before this, Noah (Will) was the voice of Charlie in the new Charlie Brown movie (and he’s also in a freaky Panic! at the Disco music video), and Millie (Eleven) is an amazing singer as well.  I expect great things from all of the actors, and if anyone hurts any them, I’ll hammer some nails into a baseball bat and hurt them right back.

Also, Mileven is L I F E, and I will ship it until the Upside Down rights itself.

Then you’ve got the older peoples.

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idiot steve, jonathan, and nancy

I love that a repeated line in the show is “You’re an idiot, Steve Harrington” because when my sister and I would say it, it was like we were quoting the show.  So it worked.  All you need to know about him is that he’s a jerk who can swing a baseball bat.  The end.

And Jonathan, aka my precious gumdrop, is too pure for words.  That scene when he apologized for that thing?  I was literally about to whisper to my sister, “If he apologizes, he is mine.”  And then he apologized.  ASDFGHJKL.  Too beautiful.  Too majestic.  My love. Ugh.  All the feels.

Nancy’s great, too.  Talk about character development.  (Minus the scene in front of the Christmas tree in the end – like, Nancy, have you not changed at all.)

Jancy is also life, and I knew from the second their eyes met across the cafeteria that it would happen.  (Except it didn’t.  So I’m still angry.  But it has Happening Potential.)

Then you’ve got the much older people.

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sheriff jim hopper and jo march joyce byers

Jim Hopper’s such a deep character whose backstory we really don’t figure out ’til the last episode.  Plus, he’s that grumpy old teddy bear we can’t help but love and he’s jUST SO GREAT – and honestly if more child kidnapping searches were led by him, so many more kids would be found.

Also, Joyce.  Can we just talk about Joyce for a minute???  She’s been working at that awful job for, what, twelve years?  Never calling in sick, always picking up shifts for others, just to provide for her kids.  And she literally stops at nothing to find Will.  (And Winona is, as always, flawless.  The range of her acting in the different episodes of the show – and the flashbacks – is just phenomenal.

I love these two.  And, yes, I ship them so hard.  (This show has so many ships, guys.  SO. MANY. SHIPS.)

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A word of warning, though – it’s definitely freaky.  The scariest part is that they never show the audience the monster ’til the end, just teasing at it (much like the shark in Jaws). I personally think the build-up is freakier than the actual thing – the monster coming through the wall, anyone? – but it’s still scary.  (And, like I said before, there’s lots of language.)

So while I can’t recommend it without that disclaimer, I do still recommend it if you love sci-fi or well-written shows.  If you’ve seen it, what do you think?

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7 thoughts on ““should i stay or should i go now…” | stranger things.

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  2. I’m so happy this has been such a great show . . . I don’t think I’ll necessarily check it out myself, because I can’t really do paranormal/suspense, but it looks awesome!!

    And I watched the Mike/Eleven video and was all like, D’AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

    #aminlove 🙂

    • I totally understand. It’s definitely more suspenseful than it is scary, but yeah. I have friends who’ve tried it but can’t get past the first episode. If it’s not your thing, it’s not your thing. (BUT YES AREN’T THEY SO CUTE?! I have no problem shipping twelve-year-olds XD)

      • Yeah, suspense is not my thing 🙂 I WRITE suspenseful stories, but I don’t enjoy reading/watching them very much. (Um . . . is that hypocritical? Hope not–after all, lots of people DO like suspense, so I’m just giving the people what they want 🙂 )

        • I totally get it! (Haha, not hypocritical at all – you can handle it when you know what’s gonna happen, but not when you don’t. And there’s also something to be said about *reading* {or even writing} suspenseful stories versus *watching* them. Yes, do it for The People. :P)

  3. Y’know, even though I’m 99% sure I’ll never watch this show, I still love reading posts like these. I love it when people are enthusiastic about stuff they’re obsessed with instead of burying it deep inside them. 🙂

    ~Eva

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