So, a couple of months ago Netflix released this and I missed it.
Then, around the time of SDCC, I started hearing about this awesome new show, Stranger Things. I was going to take a look at it when my wife came home asking me if I'd heard about it. We discussed it and decided that it was age appropriate family fare that our two teenaged Geeklings would enjoy.
Turns out we were right.
With DNA spliced together from Stephen King, The Goonies, The X-Files
and Stand By Me
, Stranger Things is a heartfelt ode to growing up in the 80s. Featuring 80s stars Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine in adult roles, Stranger Things
tells the story of the quiet little town of Hawkins and how it falls victim to a dark, otherworldly force.
After some initial resistance from the boys, we got them to try the first episode. Once that was done, they were all in. Over the next week, we squeezed episodes in whenever we could, finally finishing the series off on Saturday night as we came down from our Suicide Squad
Stranger Things is the kind of family entertainment we need more of. It was a solid story that was engaging for everyone. The aging geek in me loved the spot on set pieces like the Realistic walkie-talkies used by the protagonists. The music geek in me loved the soundtrack, even if some of the songs were out of place chronologically.
On a personal note, I've never wanted to see a Matthew Modine character die more than I did in this. Not even in Gross Anatomy
The boys liked it because it spoke to them in the language I've spent the last 13 years teaching them to speak. Some of the references, like The Thing
, sailed by them, but only because we haven't gotten there yet. But we will.
If you haven't watched Stranger Things
, you really ought to give it a shot. The first season, only eight episodes, is streaming now on Netflix.