Stranger Things Season 1 Review
Review on Netflix's Number 1 Drama
With over 35 million viewers and over 40 original shows produced by Netflix, Stranger Things has been the most viewed in network history. One season and a line up of 8 episodes, Stranger Things takes place in the 1980’s and follows the story of 12-year-old, Will Byers, who suddenly goes missing after a night out with friends Mike, Dustin and Lucas. Throughout his disappearance the group of friends meet Eleven, a young girl with psychokinetic abilities who knows Will’s whereabouts and a test subject. Family, friends and locals come together to help find Will and discover the mysteries that lie in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. In a mix of science fiction, mystery, supernatural, horror, and drama makes sure that viewers will be on the edge of their seats wanting more.
Reports show that 14.07 million viewers watched the show just in the first 35 days of premiering. Stranger Things, created by the Duffer Brothers, the writers of the second season of Wayward Pines, holds five stars with 95% of Rotten Tomatoes views. Stranger Things broke the records held by House of Cards and Narcos, who stood number 1 show on Netflix for over a year.
At the end of the first episode The Duffer Brothers leave viewers curious, sympathetic and confused, with a list of startling questions to keep them hooked for the next 7 episodes. Mille Bobby Browns's brutally realistic portrayal of the abused leaves a lasting impact on viewers. Due to life long abuse in the laboratory, no family and knowing very few words, Elven is extremely shy, suspicious of anything given to her, afraid of abuse. Elven observes everything she sees, a trait from living the entirety of her short life abused in a laboratory. Eleven's shown extremely skinny, dirty and practically bald from years of abuse. Throughout the show the backstories of the characters show the viewer who the characters truly are. Using abuse and family's affect on characters the Duff Brothers make the viewer sympathetic and allows them to relate to the people who are intertwined with Will. The acting is extraordinary especially with the show mostly surrounding 12 year olds. The characters come to life and show what true friendship is which many people can relate too. The actors/actresses know how to show emotion through their character.
Although a supernatural show, Stranger Things storylines of family and friendship are relatable to many people and viewers learn to love how the shows characters. This show takes your imagination beyond the social norm and takes you on adventure that leaves you wanting to watch more.
-Ashley Butler, Staff Writer