“Stranger Things” is being called the greatest Netflix original series and one of the best series by many critics. The question on my mind was “is this really worth all the hype?”
In a poll conducted from individuals at SNU, the results displayed some varying responses. Jackson Witt, a junior/sophomore, held the series in high acclaim saying “it makes you think and gives you an appropriate conclusion.”
But not all people thought this series was all it was cracked up to be. A source who wishes to remain anonymous said the series was “nothing new” and “it just hit the right audience at the right time.”
Becca Janka, a sophomore, who hasn’t finished the series yet and was somewhat underwhelmed with the experience, said “I enjoyed it so far, and I’m curious to see the conclusion, but I don’t think it was up to all the hype it was getting.”
The overwhelming consensus, however, is that “Stranger Things” is worth the many awards it is receiving. It has won the following awards:
- Best Actress in a Television Series
- Best TV Series of the Year
- Nominated for Best Edited Series
- Nominated for Best Sci-Fi Film
- Nominated for Outstanding Sound, Drama Series, Bingeworthy Show, Best Soundtrack, Costumes, and many more
These were only a fraction of the awards received because the list is so extensive (to see full list click here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/awards).
My own opinion erred toward the positive reviews. The show has so many good things going for it, and it was hard to look at it critically. What made the show so great overall was the pacing. Instead of trying to fill the season with extra unnecessary episodes, it kept with 8 concise episodes that told the audience exactly what they wanted them to know, and never revealing too much about the mystery at any one time. The storytelling process is similar to that of “Jurassic Park” or “The Goonies.” Playing off of these storytelling styles, it’s no wonder “Stranger Things” received so much critical acclaim.
To conclude, “Stranger Things” was creative, mysterious, and well told. This series will go down as one of the greats. A warning for those that haven’t watched it yet, don’t watch it with any expectations. Let the series surprise you with its nostalgic feel and great cast. They are currently making a second season. Although I don’t expect it to be as good as the first, I find myself looking forward to the opportunity to dive into the world that is “Stranger Things.”