It only gets stranger

Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin in “Stranger Things.” (Netflix)

It’s the show that nearly everyone is talking about… or at least had 16 million people tune in for the season two premiere that dropped on Oct. 27, 2017. The show is none other than the hit Netflix original series, “Stranger Things”, which first stole the hearts of Netflix users on July 15, 2016.

Even for those that haven’t watched, the hype is everywhere- left, right, and “upside down.” It takes place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, with the first season set in Nov. 1983 and the second in Oct. 1984, nearing the anniversary of the first episode’s events. From episode one, it’s a nostalgia trip, maybe even for the people who were born after the 80’s. In Hawkins’s parking lots and roads you’ll see nothing but early 80’s car models, and our name brands’ logos are looking 34 years younger. That isn’t the end of it, of course. After all, it isn’t an 80’s show without the hairstyles and clothes or the main characters’ KISS and Tom Cruise posters.

Stranger Things has it all: science, the supernatural, and horror fiction, all while feeding into our own conspiracy theories. A main character is inspired by the many riveting human villains that Stephen King’s books are known for. Furthermore, the characters are relatable, especially to teenagers and kids but also for the adult fans. While there’s monster-hunting and mystery, the characters have realistic emotions throughout the show that can be understood.

With the Oct. 27 release, new fans have both seasons, but they’ll be waiting for season three with everyone else. Whether it’s binging every episode in a day or taking your time, this show is worth the watch… and you just might not trust the government afterward.