Stranger Things

Stranger Things


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By Carrie Elks

Between the writing, the reading, taking care of the house and trying to drag up (yep, drag up) my two kids, TV shows have taken a real back seat in my life recently. That’s one of the reasons I love Netflix – I can binge watch when I do have a bit of time, without worrying that I’m going to miss an episode or two. It’s also one of the few times that all the family sit down together to watch something, even if we have to pause for the occasional run outside to catch another Pokemon or grab some Pokeballs (nah, I don’t get it either).

One of the best things I’ve watched recently has been a 8 Episode Drama called Stranger Things.

I guess you could classify this as Horror or Sci Fi, but really it’s so much more than this. It’s like ET, mixed with the Goonies plus a dash of Stand by Me, and it brings out all the feels in me the same way all those movies did back in the ’80s. Of course, I was a mere child back then!

The series begins with an ‘incident’ (of the Stephen King type) at a local research facility, and the disappearance of 12 year old Will Byers. What follows is the disintegration of a town, the determination of a group of children to find their friends, and a desperation from the establishment to cover things up. And boy, does it make for great entertainment.

I don’t want to say too much more, because one of the best things about this series is the surprises it serves up. I’ve experienced more than one ‘jumpy moment’ and sat on the edge of the sofa for most of the time. It really shows the effect a missing child can have on a community, and how their desperation to believe he’s going to be okay can outweigh all the logical evidence served up before them.

I’m six episodes in so far, with only two episodes left until the finale, and I’m already sad it’s going to be over soon. But as it’s been a big hit among nearly everybody I know, let’s hope this leads to a second series being commissioned!

Want to take a look at what it’s all about? Here’s the trailer. Happy viewing,

Carrie Pink


  1. I need to make time to watch this show, I’ve heard nothing but good things. =)

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