Netflix continues to make waves with the trove of original programming thatthe streaming giant continues to produce.
The variety and quality of the content could be compared to HBO, and has made the service much more than a cheaper option to watch movies.
Luke Cage, House of Cards, Netflix is responsible for some of the best shows out there right now.
I was hanging out with my buddy Kayla, and she advised me that the show “Stranger Things” was worthy of an examination.
She seemed really excited, so I took her up on the offer.
As someone who does not use Netflix often, I was pleased with the option to watch the entire season without delay.
I binged, I watched the show from start to finish in an embarrassingly short time span.
For those that are unaware, here is the plot summary.
On November 6, 1983, in the town of Hawkins, Indiana, 12-year-old Will Byers vanishes mysteriously. Will’s frantic mother, Joyce, searches for him while Police Chief Jim Hopper launches his own investigation.
Will’s friends Dustin, Mike, and Lucas discover a psychokinetic girl who claims to know Will’s location. As they uncover the truth, a sinister government agency tries to cover it up, while a more insidious force lurks below the surface.
After watching the entire season, and soaking in the narrative, I wanted to post a quick review.
After Kayla informed me of the show’s potential, I checked the rating on rotten tomatoes, and other such engines.
The reviews were off the charts, and the testimonials were glorious.
I regret to say I don’t feel the same way.
The show itself was corny, a weak play on Super 8, and ET.
The show is saturated with Steven Spielberg service, and after awhile, it feels forced.
This was nothing compared to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
More like a poor man’s Goonies.
The dark forces in the show are not what they seem, even cheesy at times, at no point did I fear for my safety, or the safety of the young protagonist “Eleven”.
The plot is predictable, but slow moving, the viewer can figure out the ending of the season by the 4th episode.
The plot holes are everywhere, I cannot recall a highly respected program being so rife with unanswered questions.
And don’t get me started on the lazy ending.
Cliff hangers, and open ended commentary is fun to a point, but when it makes the entire show confusing, it becomes a disservice to the viewer.
Some of the acting in the film was generic, even B level at times, the most organic and heartwarming component of the program was the relationship between the 3 young heros of the story, and their adopted best friend “Eleven”.
The storyline surrounding Nancy (Natalia Dyer) had some punch, but it was more about her story than the young woman playing her.
Watching a woman come of age is always inspiring, but parts of her story were unconvincing, perhaps a different actress would have served the show well.
Winona Ryder gives a strong performance, but the script didn’t allow her to showcase her worldclass abilities.
Ryder could have been more than a victim, she should have been given the opportunity to be spitfire, and she wasn’t, she was a damsel in distress, and that was disappointing given the amazing talent of the actress, and the extraordinary situation her character is in.
The story crashes and burns in terms of villians.
The government agency that terrorizes the town exhibits far fetched facist elements throughout the show, some of the actions undertaken by the agency are woefully unrealistic.
No government agency in the country would be permitted to kidnap suburban children off of the street in broad daylight.
Or kidnap police officers.
Government agencies can be scary, but not to the extent depicted in the show.
The creature meanwhile was a letdown, perhaps the weakest monster I have personally seen in years.
On top of the fact that it looks like something out of Mortal Kombat, the creature is not sentient.
It lacks sophistication, just an animal at the end of the day.
As a secondary antagonist, perhaps the creature did not need to be Thanos, but given the powers that the monster does have, it would have made much more sense to give the creature the ability to speak, reason, and solve problems.
“Stranger Things” is bondafide television entertainment, I would not discourage anyone from watching it.
But make sure you have reasonable expectations when you do
Stranger Things is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by the Duffer Brothers. It is written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffer and executive-produced by Shawn Levy. It stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink, and Dacre Montgomery.
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