If you’ve been on Facebook at all in the last couple of days, then you’ve probably encountered the words “Stranger Things” on your timeline. It was probably accompanied with a caption that gushed about how this is the best show on TV right now or how they can’t get over how awesome the cast is. The word “cute” was probably thrown around here and there especially if the one who made the post was female. (Naalala mo yung crush mo nung high school na si Bianca yung cute na may braces? She looooved kids. Your mom would have liked her. Unfortunately for you, type niya yung kabarkada mong 13 years old pa lang kayo may abs na ni Derek Ramsey)
You on the other hand, having not seen a single episode of the show is left wondering: “Ano bang meron dito sa Stranger Things na to?!”
Stranger Things is a horror sci-fi drama on Netflix that is set in 1980s Indiana. A young boy vanishes mysteriously while a telekinetic girl suddenly appears at about the same time. With her powers, she helps his friends in their attempt to find him. The local Police chief and the missing boy’s mom conduct their own investigation and discover something that none of them could have even imagined. Sounds interesting, right?
But in our fast-paced Pokemon Go-obsessed world, every second counts. You wouldn’t want to be wasting precious hours of your day watching something that you read about on Facebook only for you to find out 4 hours into it that it’s not for you. So if you’re on the fence and can’t decide whether you should watch it or not, here are a few reasons that might convince you to do so.
1. If you were born in the 80s, you’ll love all the pop culture references.
Stranger Things which is created by the Duffer Brothers is heavily influenced by the movies that we enjoyed watching when we were kids. Most of us grew up watching classics such as E.T., Alien, The Goonies, Close Encounters with the Third Kind, and Star Wars among other hits from the 80s. Stranger Things mixed certain elements from those movies and made something that serves as a homage to these films. Stranger Things is what you get when you take the comedy from The Goonies and E.T. and combine it with the horror from Alien and The Thing. But rather than just a show that references the era, Stranger Things genuinely feels like it came from the 80s. It gives you that warm feeling of nostalgia that you get when you’re watching something from your childhood.
2. The children in the cast are brilliant.
Even the most hardened man will find it hard not to find the cast adorable. The quartet of geeks at the center of the story were perfectly cast with each of them delivering terrific performances. Each member of their gang had their own unique characteristics that makes them memorable. There’s Mike, the skinny but headstrong de-facto leader of this band of outcasts. Lucas, the realist who has the important job of reminding everyone how crazy things are currently are. Wil is the weak but good-natured member of the group that disappears mysteriously.
Lastly, there’s the fan-favorite Dustin or “Duthtin” the comic-relief in the gang that has a lisp because of a real-life condition that the actor has. (Isipin mo para siyang si Efren Bata Reyes wala siyang ngipin sa harapan) But the breakout star of this show is child actress Willie Bobby Brown who plays “Eleven”, the bald-headed girl with telekinetic powers that will help the boys find Wil.
3. The Music
The show is being praised for being able to capture the look and feel of the 80s, and a great deal of that is because of the soundtrack. Aside from the 80s songs that pepper the episodes of Stranger Things, the opening theme itself was able to replicate the distinct synth sound of the era. It brings you back to the shows, movies, and video games you enjoyed during childhood. The soundtrack of Stranger Things brings back the memory of your Tito’s cassette tapes that he’d play full-blast on his mini component during family reunions.