Spoiler Alert: Stranger Things have happened

Show catches public’s attention

Rachael Kaiser, Asst. Editor-in-Chief

As a homage to 1980s sci-fi films, Netflix Original Series Stranger Things pays tribute to the movies that inspired the creation of the show. Among the recent TV shows and movies, Stranger Things shines stronger than most because of the excellent character development and the complex plot interwoven with suspense and horror.

The show was released on July 15, with the first season consisting of seven episodes. Due to a strong positive reaction, Stranger Things has been renewed for a second season which is set to be released in 2017.

In the beginning of the first episode an alien-like creature, reminiscent of the of the creature from Alien, breaks out of a government laboratory and kidnaps a 12 year old science geek named Will Byers.

Will’s disappearance goes unnoticed until the next morning when his mother, Joyce Byers, realizes he is missing. After checking in at his friend’s house, a panicked Joyce files a missing persons report at the police station.

She talks to police Chief Jim Hopper, who is unconcerned at the disappearance of Will. A part of the conversation between the two would become the show’s plot description.

“Joyce, 99 out of 100 times a kid goes missing, the kid is with a parent or relative,” said Hopper.

“What about the other time?” said Joyce.

As the show progresses, his friends discover that Will is not with a parent or relative; his disappearance is the “other time”. The characters then spend their time attempting to find Will, and in the process they uncover the truth behind the creature’s existence and the government’s involvement in the alien and Will’s disappearance.

The inspiration from sci-fi and horror movies of the 1980s creates a nostalgic throwback to that time period. There are scenes that are reminiscent of movies such as E. T. and The Goonies.

Those who love sci-fi and the supernatural will certainly like Stranger Things. The show is not a passing fad; it is here to stay and fill the nostalgia audiences crave for another season.