WHY DO WE LOVE STRANGER THINGS

Stranger Things _ Season 3 _ The Smoking Area _ Netflix


AND DON’T REALLY KNOW WHY 

You’ve probably binged the new season of Stranger Things already (if not more than once). The new one is possibly the most action-packed of them yet and is much more thrilling in my opinion. You’re gonna find the review on the whole season soon here, but for now, the question we’re pondering is why the show is extremely popular?

It all starts in a made-up town called Hawkins in Indiana. With an estimated population of 30,000, it’s the perfect city for the mysterious happenings of the show: Not big enough for the cops to get involved in the story so much, and not too small, so that the town could be important enough to have its own newspaper (The Hawkins Post). 

There’s this strange girl called Eleven, who has superpowers and has been under extreme tests in a secret lab for years. Now she’s escaped and has nowhere to go, so a group of friends finds her in the woods, and they decide to keep her safe. 

As far as the story goes, it’s pretty much engaging with enough twists and turns and the cooperation of kids and adults makes it pretty unique. But it’s not incredible enough to call the show a masterpiece, Then why we all love the show so much? here are four reasons why:

IT ALL HAPPENS IN OUR FAVORITE DECADE 

The show starts in 1982 and goes on to 1985 in the third season, so, we’re in the ’80s. From the moment you see the title sequence, it’s right there: a red neon-like logo of the show along with a super awesome 80’s-themed soundtrack by Kyle Dixon and Micheal Stein. So you’re in the mood for the red and blue ’80s before you know it. All the soundtracks are made with pretty simple midi sounds and synths with 80’s style, and I personally love them so much that I’ve created a playlist including the songs from all seasons, and have possibly listened to it more than 200 times (and I’m listening to it right now as I’m writing this blog)! The show has an outnumbered element from the ’80s and while there are tons of new stuff coming out in a retro style, I think it’s one of the most successful ones (if not the most successful one of them).

#GIRLPOWER

As we are witnessing the rapid evolution in women’s rights and their involvement in society, having a girl being the hero of a movie or tv show is not a new thing, but is yet considered as a unique one. Eleven is the only kid in the group who has superpowers, and she’s undoubtedly the center of the show, as we can see Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) is the only cast of Stranger Things with more than 20 million followers on Instagram, and as a huge fan of Tomb Raider video games and movie franchise, I believe it’s very refreshing to see a girl who saves the world!

MONSTERS, HUGE MONSTERS!  

Have you watched Pacific Rim? How about Godzilla Or King Kong? Are you a fan? So you’re in the right place. There are a number of different monsters in the show, and you’d get to see the Demogorgon more than others possibly (not in the third season though), which are the small ones. But a huge shadow-like monster just arrives in the beginning of the second season, and the monster from the third season is extremely huge as well, kind of reminds me of Jurassic Park! Seeing those demons have never been more exciting since they’re shown very clearly all the time and the CGI level is very much acceptable for this genre. 

WE LOVE Y’ALL GUYS!

Let’s say, it’s almost impossible not to love all the characters. Even if you don’t like one of them at the beginning of each season (which is highly unlikely to happen), you’re gonna end up admiring that character, and possibly looking them up on google, to find out their name and giving them a follow on Instagram, for one clear reason: Each of them does at least one heroic act at some point in the show, and almost all of them are funny and kind, and they all have each other back, which is one of the boldest messages of Stranger Things; friends would do anything for each other. 

So, as a big fan, I think I’m gonna watch all the episodes from the start while waiting for the 4th one to come out, and this time I might pay more attention to all the 80’s references and find out more about the hidden aspects of the lovely Stranger Things. 

Photo courtesy: Netflix 

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