Stranger Things is worth the study break

Nothing beats the classics in film and television, and this summer’s newly added Netflix thriller “Stranger Things” is guaranteed to become one show that will never get old with time.

“Stranger Things” is set in 1983 in a small town of Indiana (which right off the bat intrigued me as I am originally from a small town in southern Indiana) where a local 12-year-old boy named Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) mysteriously goes missing due to supernatural circumstances. The show follows Byers’ stubborn mother (Winona Ryder), quiet brother, quirky three best friends and the town’s alcoholic police chief. They investigate Will’s disappearance and outrun a lethal government facility hiding dangerous experiments in order to try to find the missing boy.

If the title and premise don’t draw you in, then simply watching the first episode should do the trick. This show has plenty to give. Just to name a few, “Stranger Things” includes wonderful actors that bring their characters to life, a thrilling plotline that never slows down for too long, a glimpse of life in the 1980s, clever hints of foreshadowing and clues sprinkled throughout the episodes and many emotion-stirring scenes. The show is very clever and charming and offers something for everyone.

Seriously, I love this show. It’s too bad there are only eight episodes in the first season; but hey, at least the second season has been confirmed. One of my favorite parts of “Stranger Things” was the relationships between characters. Instead of the usual forced chemistry and trying-too-hard humor between characters I usually see in entertainment, the actors all had great chemistry. All of the actors delivered their characters’ emotions perfectly. I nearly found myself crying at the raw grief Will’s mother displayed as she struggled to find her son.

I laughed in pretty much all the scenes between Will’s three best friends: Mike, Dustin, and Lucas. They were such charming little kids, and it was hard not to feel admiration at their bravery and determination to find their friend. Not to mention how they wanted to protect a strange little girl named Eleven who later walks into their lives, holding the keys to all of their unanswered questions.

I binge-watched this show with my roommates, and we were yelling and gasping at the TV in nearly every episode. If you’re looking for a refreshing and charming new show to watch, I definitely recommend “Stranger Things.” Whenever you have time between classes, or even if you’re taking a study break, I highly encourage people to log onto Netflix, and to see what all the hype is about for this show. Trust me, it’s worth the watch.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)