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Stranger Things – Looking Back at Season 1!

Geek Girl Rebecca and Jonathan Jondee here at Hawkins, Indiana,


Stranger Things created by The Duffer Brothers on Netflix was released on July 2016.  It covers the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in 1983 with a party of several kids; Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLauglin), another member of the party, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) is lost. The party attends Hawkins Middle School.  They encounter the runaway girl known as Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown), and she is connected to the town’s dark secret at Hawkins Labs. Eleven exhibits powerful, psychic abilities and is hidden by Mike and the others.

Also involved is Mike’s sister Nancy (Natalie Dyer), her boyfriend Steve Harrington (Joe Keery), and Nancy’s best friend, Barb (Shannon Purser) who also goes missing. Will’s mother, Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) becomes obsessed with finding her son and her older son, a loner, Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) tries to follow the mystery of his brother’s disappearance leading him to help Nancy. Key to the investigation is Sheriff Hooper (David Harbour) who uncovers the lab run by Martin Brenner (Matthew Modine). The horrors of the Upside Down, dubbed by the party, include the Demogorgon, a humanoid creature with claws and a face that splits apart like deadly flower petals.


Geek Girl Rebecca notes her favorite parts of Stranger Things season 1, “I really enjoyed the pop culture references from the 80s and not the overt ones, the casual background of life ones. Action figures, kids out on their bikes, sans helmets, going to a quarry to swim, banana-seated bikes, just the little nods that breathe it to life. Great big cars, cans with pull-out tabs, and tubed TVs with rabbit ears. Things you totally get if you lived in the 80s. It was the attention to detail. Details seem to be the focus of much of the story. Details about the characters and details about the worlds they inhabit. The Duffers excel at details.”

Jondee explains his favorite parts of Stranger Things, “The kids in 80’s films make it classics; the Goonies, E.T., and Lost Boys. All set in a suburban environment, Main Street U.S.A., with something unusual going on. In E.T., the kids have some bonding over a game of Dungeons & Dragons, but not an actual session. Stranger Things opens with some real game play. The interesting part is that the gamers use their D&D knowledge to work things out with the situation with the Demogorgon. In the D&D game, it is a demon prince with two baboon heads, tentacles arms, and a reptilian humanoid body with tails. The creators, the Duffer Brothers, are not only 80’s aficionados, but integrate their D&D gamer experiences. I was heavy into D&D when I was the Stranger Things kids’ age. Human Ranger.”


Geek Girl Rebecca talks about her favorite Stranger Things characters, “Favorite characters would have to be Hopper and Eleven. Hopper starts out as just a redneck cop, but very quickly you find out he is so much more than that. There is a reason for his gruff, chain smoking ways. There is a heartache he is hiding from everyone. The loss of his daughter and with it his former life. This is a man without much to anchor him. Eleven is a girl without a past. One great big, sad-eyes mystery wrapped in an enigma of not only who, but what is she. Also just how does she fit in the bigger arc of things.”

Jondee points out two of his Stranger Things characters, “Two of my favorite characters are Dustin and Eleven. Dustin is the plucky booster of the party, he brings Lucas and Mike together invoking the Rule of Law, and geeks out at Eleven using her powers like Professor X. Lucas is the common sense member and Mike is the leader, Dustin is the fun with his characteristic baseball hat and lisp from his cleiocranial dysplasia. Eleven is the lost girl raised in a lab similar to Charlie in Stephen King’s Firestarter or Jean Grey in the X-Men. She is an innocent and hasn’t learned words so the party has to show her. Her telekinetic powers manifest with a single bloody nose which is an anime trope, but distinctive for Eleven. She struggles with being a monster and her growing relationship with Mike. Plus, her love of Eggos and search for her identity makes for an awesome character with some nice complexity.”

This is just season 1 of Stranger Things to get everyone caught up. Now, we will continue with season 2!


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  1. Vocabulary choice was great and apart from that this article really had a nice flow throughout

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