Stranger Things TV Preview, Netflix
Netflix has been smashing their originals series out of the park recently with the likes of Better Call Saul, Daredevil and Orange is the New Black all receiving plaudits from critics and audiences alike. So when we saw the trailer for a new Netflix original series which appeared to pastiche everything brilliant that was made in the 80s, we couldn’t have been more sold. Thankfully, Stranger Things doesn’t disappoint one bit!
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is set in 1983 small town America – Hawkins, Indiana to be exact. The show revolves around the mysterious disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers after he goes missing following a rousing 10-hour game of Dungeons & Dragons with his crew of fellow geeks.
Will’s mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder), becomes frantic in her quest to find her son, while enigmatic Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) begins his own investigation into the whereabouts of Will.
Being set in the 80s small town America where strange happenings are occurring, Will’s three friends, Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin) and leader Mike (Finn Wolfhard) naturally begin their own search and come across a quiet and mysterious young girl only known as ‘Eleven’. Queue unearthly monsters, government cover-ups and a whole load of telekinesis!
As you can probably already tell, Stranger Things is not about reinventing the wheel. Basically all the plotlines have been seen before in the 80s and there’s plenty of not-so-subtle nods to some of the great coming-of-age tales from the era with the likes of Stand by Me, The Goonies and E.T. homage’d to the nth degree. But please don’t think we mean this as a criticism.
Stranger Things is one of the best shows around at the moment and undoubtedly one of the most fun shows we’ve seen all year. It’s exciting, sometimes very scary, and the Duffer Brothers’ homages to the era only adds to its appeal. The writing is excellent, and the performances, particularly from the younger members of the cast, are superb.
It should also be said that while the teen archetypes come straight from the John Hughes School of Filmmaking, there are some new twists on characters with development rarely seen in such shows. Stranger Things is also worth watching just for the soundtrack alone, which jumps from The Clash straight to John Carpenter-esque ambience in the flicker of a Christmas light.
All eight episodes of Stranger Things are available now to watch on Netflix, so we recommend you take the weekend off, grab a haul of snacks and tuck in. Check out the first trailer below and let us know if loved it as much as we did in the comments below or over on Twitter!