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During our week off we watched Stranger Things – it’s on Netflix – check it out here.

It seems like everyone we spoke to during the week was also just starting to watch it or had recently finished it. There had been hype but, I’d somehow missed it until we bookmarked the show and then decided to dive in and get watching. I was a little oblivious to just how good it was going to be.

 

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Seriously though and, Oh. My. Goodness. It’s good. Stranger Things is set in 1983 and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that era so brilliantly re-visited both visually and audibly. I grew up in the eighties and watching felt like being transported back into my childhood. Everyone I’ve spoken to from my generation is saying similar kinds of things. The music, fashion, hair, toys, house, pop-culture references… we screamed at the television when we saw awful eighties Tupperware. This show blew our minds. I guess nostalgia is a beautiful thing after all.

But, more than all of that, the writing was great. Stranger Things is quirky, surreal and very clever with so many brilliant nods to classic films, directors and era-defining eighties culture. It’s so densely populated with such moments that it probably needs a re-watch.

 

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Here are some great articles about the show. Be warned, if you haven’t watched yet, these links contain spoilers –

Every Major Film Reference – Vulture.com.
Video Supercut of Film References – Vox.com
10 Best references you may have missed – Time.com
8 Subtle references only Stephen King fans will spot – Mashable.com
How Netflix’s hit resurrects the eighties – RollingStone.com

We can’t wait for season two!