‘ET’ meets ‘The X-Files’ in Stranger Things Season 1 (No Spoilers)

Have you ever had the experience of watching a show and just being amazed by how incredible it is? That happened to me with Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’.

The scifi horror, set in a sleepy Indiana town in 1983, centers on the mysterious disappearance of a young boy and a girl with telekinetic abilities.

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There’s…something on the road…some…thing…

The acting in this series is tremendous. Winona Ryder returns to form as a distraught mother, David Harbour is brilliant as a driven town sheriff and the teenage leads put in great work as well. Mathew Modine is also super creepsville as a sinister scientist.

The standout, however, is the child cast, some of the best I have ever seen. Finn Wolfhard is a revelation as loyal leader Mike Wheeler and is ably supported by Cabel McLaughlin as strong willed Lucas and Gaten Matarazzo as affable Dustin. But the pièce de résistance was 12 year-old Millie Bobby Brown. Oh my stars and garters this girl is fantastic. Her character “Eleven/El” navigates fish out of water scenarios and extremely intense physical and emotional scenes with a maturity beyond her years. She deserves an Emmy nomination or something.

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On a rating of 1 to 10, I give her an 11

Going into the plot would be spoiler territory but I will say the show blends of ET: The Extra Terrestrial’s innocence with ‘The X-Files’ spooky mystery sci fi. Twists, turns and truly terrifying moments blend well with natural comedy, warmth and a tonne of 80s nostalgia and film homages. This series is definitely a must see and I have high hopes it gets a second season.

Rating: ‘Stranger Things’ gets a perfect and juicy 4/4 

For more sci fi TV goodness you can check out my ‘Dark Matter’ Season 2 prep here. And for more fantastic TV reviews you can follow me on Twitter @suprememango012 for updates. Julien is outie like a navel. l8rs.


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