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Stranger Things
August 3, 2016
5:41 pm
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Whoa Bundy
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November 26, 2012

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Alright. FINALLY finished after a long weekend of forced engagement with my nephew and family. My nephew and I stayed the night at my parents house last night and after he went to bed I was dying to watch more episodes but my parents insisted on BBC/PBS crap and I wanted to die.

I loved every. Single. Second. Of this show (minus Winina Ryder, especially when she's walking. Holy robot). The kids were amazing. I rewound Dustins (or "Duhstuns") scenes multiple times. The music deserves awards. The whole ambiance of the show reminded me of my favorite movies growing up, and who's kidding, still now: Goonies, IT, ET, Stand by Me. It was the perfect mix of a damn good show and the nostalgia I've been missing from current TV programming.

Is there going to be more? They certainly left it open for more seasons. Part of me wants that and the other part of me wants it to end as it did. Because it was perfect.

I was really hoping that they would end it without the cliffhangers. As much as I love the cast ( With a tentative exception for Winona Ryder- though leaps and bounds better than past roles, and in some scenes GREAT, you can never forget that she's f**king Winona Ryder and her voice pulls you right out of the magic.Itgo_awaygo_awaygo_away is SO ANNOYING) I think that it would be fun as an anthology series. I'm constantly looking for something as engaging as, though more cohesive than AHS. Stranger Things delivers in spades. Only complaint is that it could have fared better with 10 episodes, if only to keep me happy for an extra evening after work with my Cookies N Cream and Millie Bobby Brown. 

That said, I think I am going to watch the season again since I was in and out on some details. 

Previously Non-Vegan Yoo hoo, HipHoppopotamous, Clown Car Womb
August 25, 2016
3:00 pm
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Buddy
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November 21, 2012

BARB. That is all.

August 26, 2016
7:38 am
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peewee from the hotdog stand
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BARB. That is all.

Ha, yes! So much potential. 

I loved the series and promptly recommended it to anybody and everybody that would listen. Only two issues with the whole show – Nancy calling her brother a 'douchebag' sounded a bit anachronistic, and it was a bit of a stretch that a cheapo halloween plastic wig looked so perfectly lace-fronted and styled on Eleven. But otherwise, it's the best thing I've seen on tv in years.

August 27, 2016
1:07 pm
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Snow White in Glass Slippers
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February 19, 2014

I watched the whole thing in two days.  Aside from it seeming like stuff I'd seen before – it particularly reminded me of Firestarter – I enjoyed it.

Loved the '80's setting. It reminded me of my childhood.

Loved the scene with the teacher on the couch watching the horror film and mansplaining special effects to his girlfriend.

Loved the kids getting so wrapped up in Dungeons and Dragons.

Every time someone pulled over to a phone booth to make a phone call, I wondered why they didn't just pick up their cell.  Oh yeah, 1980's!

Who else wanted to smack the kids upside the head for running around in the woods at night?

Did not get where Hop went with the men in the car.  That was kind of mysterious.

Didn't get why they didn't seem to bother trying to save Barb.

Is there supposed to be a second season? I suppose I could just Google and find an answer to that.  I don't think Eleven is really gone for good and there were definitely some unanswered questions.

August 28, 2016
4:13 pm
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My new nudist friend Robert
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February 27, 2012

Second season has been greenlit. And yes, SPOILER of course Eleven isn't gone- that's why there were Eggos in the woods, at least that's how I saw it. 

Although I also thought the use of douchebag was not really as in line with the times as many other choices, I actually really loved that they didn't try to 80's-ify the language so that it seemed "omg so authentic." You didn't hear anyone saying "fly" or making veiled references to the Reagan administration all the time, and I loved that. The show made it authentically 80's through music, lighting, color palette, set/props, and wardrobe. To me the language was pretty timeless and I think that's far better than being steeped in references so that it seems "real" to the time period. 

-Formerly California Mazens-
August 28, 2016
4:45 pm
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Nurse Perkins
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March 25, 2014

Just got my "Barb Deserved Better" sweatshirt. Can't wait for cold weather to wear it with pride drunk

August 28, 2016
7:08 pm
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YeahNo
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June 12, 2014

I might be a wizard meowed

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BARB. That is all.

Ha, yes! So much potential. 

I loved the series and promptly recommended it to anybody and everybody that would listen. Only two issues with the whole show – Nancy calling her brother a 'douchebag' sounded a bit anachronistic, and it was a bit of a stretch that a cheapo halloween plastic wig looked so perfectly lace-fronted and styled on Eleven. But otherwise, it's the best thing I've seen on tv in years.

We noticed that when she first put the wig on, it looked like a Halloween wig but in the two seconds it took her to walk to the mirror, it was suddenly a whole other situation.  Although that feels fairly authentic to 80s makeover scenes so maybe it was on purpose? 

August 28, 2016
9:55 pm
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Once More With Feeling
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October 29, 2014

I feel like I'm the only person who didn't fall in love with this series. I thought it was just ok. Now I know how others feel when I geek out over Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

August 30, 2016
2:36 pm
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Amy Farrah Fowler
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June 1, 2013

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I feel like I'm the only person who didn't fall in love with this series. I thought it was just ok. Now I know how others feel when I geek out over Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

 

I agree. I tried so hard to love it but it was just eh to me. I loved the kids, was annoyed by Winnona, LOVED the setting and music. Maybe it's because I am not a sci-fi fan, I wanted so bad to love this show.confused

August 30, 2016
3:08 pm
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Brown Calvin Klein boots from Ross (last season)
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February 6, 2014

LOVED IT.  My preteen daughter and I binge watched the series in 3 nights.  WANT MORE.

I definitely think El is still around – I assume Hopper made some kind of deal with that lab (which is why he got into the car) and so he knows where she is, hence the Eggos he left in the woods.  And, since Will barfed up that slug at the end of the last episode, I assume we have not seen the last of the Upside Down (or, as I like to call it, Gooey Monster World…since everything is covered in that pulsating goo…).

I read somewhere that Season 2 won't be a direct continuation of Season 1.  There is speculation as to whether it will follow the same storyline/main cast, or if it will be an anthology series…meaning that we are completely free to draw our own conclusions about the open endedness of Season 1, bc Season 2 will have a totally different storyline.  I'm not sure if I love that idea or hate it!

FKA Just Trying To Turn Hard Work Into Chicken Nuggets
September 25, 2016
8:26 am
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realhousewifeofnewengland
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May 28, 2015

My husband was trying to convince me to start this last night.  I was meh but then saw Matthew Modine was in it, so we dove in.  So sad to see he did not look like the Matthew of my Vision Quest memories.  

September 26, 2016
4:47 am
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peanutella
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Meows: 477
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April 21, 2013

I'm pretty annoyed by the constant fawning over the show and especially the kids. Yes, the show is good but it's far from the best thing on tv imo. The kids are adorable and talented, but we don't need to see them everywhere. I'm a little scared the fame (which came out of nowhere) will get to their heads and f**k them up.  Especially the girl who plays Eleven, because she's everywhere. We don't need to see 500 interviews of  a bunch of 12-year-olds. /rant

 

But I agree that Barb is awesome and I hope to see the actress in more stuff!

September 26, 2016
8:32 am
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galskap
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Meows: 2302
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July 9, 2015

My interpretation of Stranger Things is that the upside down is a metaphor for mental illness. Let me know if anyone wants me to expand on my idea



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