Speculative Fiction Saturday: Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

When I first heard of this series, it was described as a mix of Stephen King with Steven Spielberg. It definitely has a touch of Steven’s magic realism back in the eighties, with a touch of King’s horror, and it works.

It is a series that really should have been made a while ago, back when Amazing Stories came out. I don’t think that I have talked about that show, but imagine a cool Spielberg film with some horror elements, stretched out into a series. You would get where J.J. Abrams failed.

So, let’s take a look at the checklist for Spielberg: Kids. A Mysterious New Character. A Secret Government Agency. All of them checked off, and this isn’t E.T. that we are talking about. So, let’s look at the King checklist. Something frightening. A missing child. A character with an insanely painful backstory. This isn’t IT I am talking about.

That’s right, this is Eat It. This is what J.J. Abrams should be told as this series one ups Super 8, as Stranger Things is Super 9!

This story is about some kind of terror that is set free in a small town, sometime in 1983. Since I remember that time, I think it is pretty cool that they got most of it right. I think that the only time that it failed is when they played “Hazy Shade of Winter” by Bangles, during the credits. That didn’t come out until 1985, I’ll give it a pass.

So, the premise of the show is there is a missing child, and this is because there is a monster in town. There is also this mysterious kid with super-powers named Eleven, and she is hiding in one of the main character’s closet. So, what is happening?

A lot of mysterious stuff, that’s what. This is one of those times where I don’t want to spoil it, because it just has to be seen for yourself. Also, I’m kind of tired.

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