Stranger Things – on Netflix

Unless you’ve been living like Patrick Star under a rock for the past couple of weeks you’ll have heard of the latest Netflix series Stranger Things 

Claimed by many to be the best series to binge-watch of all time, it shows the horrors within a small Indiana town when a young resident goes missing.  

Set in the 1980s, the first five minutes involve little boys talking about little-boy things – AKA not really my cup of tea at all.

But within ten minutes of watching the Netflix original, my heart was pounding, my breathing was caught and I found myself hiding behind my mam’s beige sofa cushion.

A combination of flashing lights, quick and harsh sound effects created an intense sense of panic without showing anything particularly scary on screen at all. (Except some freaky dark shadows.)

Winona Ryder plays the mother of the missing boy, Will, and it’s really hard to take her seriously. All I can picture is her dancing in Beetlejuice circa 1988. Hopefully that’ll wear off by episode two. 

I don’t recognise the rest of the cast, but the men who play the police officers convey the part of ‘laid back, and not so helpful cop’ really well. With their feet up on their desks, and donuts in their mouths, they don’t seem too worried about the fact that Ryder’s son disappeared in the middle of the night. 

Meanwhile, a team of men who look a bit like Ghostbusters (wearing protective overalls and face masks) investigate a scary building that seems to be covered in mysterious slimey goo. (Gross.) At twenty minutes in I can’t be sure whether the slimey building is in any way connected to the missing boy. The Ghostbusters are looking for a girl – but the viewers know she’s not there. She’s eating a burger with a big bearded man. I don’t know who either of them are or what their relevance to little missing Will is. Quite frankly I’ve no idea what’s going on.

Oh! The cops who didn’t seem to care about the missing boy earlier are looking for him now. They found his bike in the woods next to his house which is a helpful bit of evidence. 

Scary music and faulty electrics have freaked out one of the cops while he was searching the boy’s family home and shed, and he’s decided to launch a search party in the area.

To be fair, I’m freaked out too. What is it about eerie music and dim lighting that can make you feel all sorts of heebiejeebies!

Oh my Gosh. An old lady with a gun just came into the mix and F’d things up with the little girl and the bearded man. (I’m honestly trying not to spoil everything, but it’s hard.)

By the end of the first episode, I’m eager to watch the second. I can’t say I’m addicted or that it’s the best series I’ve ever seen… 

It just hasn’t gripped me in the way Orange Is The New Black or Gossip Girl did. But I’m definitely intrigued by Will’s disappearance and I’ll continue to watch Stranger Things to find out what happened to him. 

My rating for the first episode out of 10? Hmm… I’ll give it a 6. It definitely fits into the genre of ‘sci-fi horror’ very well but it was really confusing and difficult to follow. That being said, I’m looking forward to watch the rest of the series and I’ll give my overall show rating then.

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