Strange Yesterday, Not So Strange Today
Stranger Things is possibly the perfect title for Netflix’s popular series. It so accurately describes Netflix and the Duffer Brothers’ eight episode homage to the best of 1980’s science fiction. There are indeed stranger things than what they have presented. The recent trend has been to take stories and characters strait out of the 1970’s and 80’s and produce them into multi-million dollar blockbusters. Stranger Things approaches this idea a little differently. Most productions are focused on using the characters or stories from over 30 years ago, and moving them to a more modern setting. Stranger Things has gone the opposite direction and taken a more modern story and moved it to a 30 year old setting. Stranger Things has received praise from critics and fans for its dedicated 1980’s style and possessing a story that is deeper than it appears. Is Stranger Things a true blockbuster for the ages or is it simply another way to capitalize on 1980’s nostalgia?