Stranger Things has been on Netflix for roughly two weeks now, and everyone is hooked. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 93% and IMDb gives it a 9.2 out of 10. The story line, setting, writing, and cast are all phenomenal.
A young boy goes missing in 1983 in Indiana and his friends, family, and one emotionally unstable cop go on a search into the unknown to bring him home. The first season only has eight episodes, and the show is up for a second. The show encapsulates the 80s and sci-fi perfectly. There are stereotypical bullies and fog, there’s slut shaming and secret government operations, there’s even more stereotypical bullied nerdy kids and walls covered in unidentifiable slime. Stranger Things is perfect television because it takes you back to a certain time. A certain time that America can still be stuck in at times.
In 2016, it’s considered cool to be a nerd. People who bully people are being outed. But girls and women are often still treated like we never moved forward. When Steve thinks Nancy cheated on him, his first reaction is not to ask for the truth, it’s to shame her in a public place everyone can see. Steve plays the 80s bad boyfriend really well, but it doesn’t seem so 80s when it still happens in 2016. Stranger Things shows you how far we have come and how much further we could go.