Season 1 rating: 93/100
Season 2 rating: 97/100
Season 3 rating: 96/100
TV Series Info
A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
|David Harbour||Jim Hopper||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Finn Wolfhard||Mike Wheeler||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Millie Bobbie Brown||Eleven||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Gaten Matarazzo||Dustin Henderson||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Caleb McLaughlin||Lucas Sinclair||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Natalia Dyer||Nancy Wheeler||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Charlie Heaton||Jonathan Byers||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Joe Keery||Steve Harrington||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Winona Ryder||Joyce Byers||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Cara Buono||Karen Wheeler||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Noah Schnapp||Will Byers||Season 1, 2 and 3|
|Sadie Sink||Max Mayfield||Season 2 and 3|
|Dacre Montgomery||Billy Hargrove||Season 2 and 3|
To take the world of D and D and make it into a smash hit TV show takes some skill. This gives us what we love about the game mixed in with other fantastical ideas. I loved the dark background of how Eleven was made and how she managed to escape. The series has a lot of great origins and hidden history that makes it so inserting to watch and discover the secrets.
The dynamic of this season made it like no other, starting with a younger cast that had so much to give and prove. It made it interesting for a younger audience to watch. The narrative flowed from one scene to another and characters developed as the season went on. However, I found that there were pointless scenes that were just there to get a cheap laugh. It has a lot of growing to do and I hope it doesn’t fail because of pressure and decide to do what big companies are making them do for money.
Can I just say that the use of lighting is really good. You feel as though you are in the 80s because of the use of lighting, it gives you a disco feel or an arcade feel. The lighting paired with the camera shots allows for some really rememberable moments. For a Netflix show, they did really well with CGI of the Demogorgon and the Upside Down. If you are a huge Sci-Fi fan you will love this.
Millie Bobby Brown made a huge name for herself thanks to her role as Eleven. She stood out as a favourite, being a strong young girl who could easily kick fully grown mens butts. My favourite however was Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler), he gives a good performance that feels genuine and I felt a greater connection to him than any other person. Another great performance was David Harbour (Jim Hopper) because his character is so unique to the rest that you look forward to watching any scene with him in it. Overall, a great cast that have a lot of growing to do.
In this season we understand more on Elevens powers and the other Childs powers. We also get to learn more about the Upside Down. I liked how the story takes us to different locations, which makes this series more convincing because when its only in one place you feel excluded. I liked the depths the season went to uncovering the secret organisation that is bring these Demodogs to the real world. You feel as though the darkness from the Upside Down is growing in power and I expect to see more progression of that in the next season.
Big improves from the overall narrative and direction the series is going in. I admit that one episode felt pointless, but it still gave me more substance than the previous season. We got to unlock more secrets about Hawkins and many unanswered questions got answered. The use of flashbacks was used right and made it an interesting dynamic to discover the secrets of Elevens origin. You start to see a pattern with how they tell all the characters story. Firstly, they are all together and everything is normal, then once something bad happens the group becomes separate. They all go on their different adventures that all have the same outcome, near the end they all meet up and realise that they are hunting the same thing and then solve the problem together. I’ll be looking out for this pattern in the next season.
Once again there is great use of lighting, the warm colours are perfect for the 80s feel and allows us to focused in the action. The Demodogs look fantastic and clearly resemble infant versions of the Demogorgon, this distinct difference makes the show adaptable and a joy to watch because we are slowly discovering things that help us get a better ida of what the Upside Down is like. There are a lot of tense moments in this season, with a lot of scenes being in darkness, the suspense and use of camera angles made it even scarier to watch.
This season Noah Schnapp did so well to play his role, the intense fear that goes through the characters mind everyday is hard to act. Especially near the end of the season when he is being attacked by the Mind Flayer, Noah does so well to act the very vigorous scene. A surprise newcomer made it big this season, his name is Dacre Montgomery, a bad boy bully that causes trouble wherever he goes. His entry into the series gave a great dynamic, that creates new interactions with the original cast.
Russians… Who’d of thought that the Russians would get involved with the world of Stranger Things. (Spoilers) It was a good way to bring back the portal and the Upside Down place. Also, the way the Mind flayer grew in strength throughout the season made for some awesome action pieces near the end.
As I said from the previous season, I would watching out for the pattern. Once again they all split up and start to hunt the same thing, no body for one second decides to tell the other members of the group. Instead they just go at it alone. Apart from that it was another successful season that gave us more depth into this world. The characters develop further and we get to see Eleven explore the real world and find out what it is like to be a girl in that era.
I decided to give the full mark for this one because the Mind Flayer was so realistic that it was gross to watch at points. When people got sucked on their face it was like I was watching Alien all over again. Thats one of the many reasons you watch this show is to be lost in all the illusion of the camera and to wowed at every moment.
Joe Keery has been one of my favourites throughout all 3 seasons and his character Steve has had one of the most interesting character arcs out of all of them. I sense that he will rise once more in the 4th season as he has been put to the bottom. Another great character this season has been Joyce Byers (Played by Winona Ryder) she has been a strong character that hasn’t given in at the first hurdle, it is great to see some adult characters that can keep up with the kids. Dacre Montgomery, it will be sad to see him go, but he did make a great exit. We got to learn so much about him, he will be missed.