Netflix has recently confirmed it’s original series, Stranger Things will be renewed for a third season.
If you’re a fan of the Sci-Fi thriller, get excited. If you’re not, well, maybe it’s time you become one. To put the popularity of the show into perspective, 16 million Americans tuned in for the premiere of Season 2 alone. That’s about half the population of Canada.
Even they can’t believe it…
but a show doesn’t attract that many viewers for no reason. If you’re thinking this kind of show is not really your thing, it’s still worth a view. Using a “keep you at the edge of your seat” plot, and moments of heavy special FX and graphics, the show is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. It will open your eyes to a world of creativity and imagination you couldn’t have dreamt up yourself. A refreshing change from the way-over-done hospital dramas, cop shows, and everything else we’ve seen a thousand times before. I mean really, how many more times can we watch doctors running around having affairs in supply closets?
Stranger Things, was created, written, directed, and produced by the Duffer Brothers, and was first released in July of 2016. Set in 1980s, the show takes us on a crazy ride through the lives of a young group of friends. Shockingly, they experience the disappearance of one of their best friends, supernatural phenomena in their town, an alternate dimension called the “Upside Down” and the peculiar arrival of a young girl with psychokinetic powers. You can’t even imagine what happens from there. Literally. There are many times we’re left with our jaws dropped or our brows furrowed in confusion.
But the show is so much more then that. It stands for significant, underlying principles that may not be immediately obvious, but when depicted are very crucial in today’s society. It deservingly received critical acclaim for it’s acting, directing, writing, and soundtrack, going on to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”
One of it’s leading actors, David Harbour, who plays character Chief Jim Hopper, said it best when giving the speech to accept the award:
“In light of all that is going on in the world today, it is difficult to celebrate the already celebrated Stranger Things. But this award from you, who take your craft so seriously and earnestly believe, like me, that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and women to go deeper and, through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness, and exclusivity of our predominantly narcissistic culture and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broke and afraid and tired, they are not alone.
We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting, and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of Stranger Things, we 1983 midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!”
If you haven’t seen season 2 yet, check out the trailer here.
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