Netflix original series ‘StrangerThings’ mixes ’80s nostalgia, cliffhangers

In only eight episodes of their latest hit show, “Stranger Things,” Netflix continues to change the way audiences view content.

The web series thriller changes entertainment viewing simply by the way it’s viewed, online. “Stranger Things” adds to the growing list of Netflix originals. It displays the fact that a show can thrive even if it has to be viewed on the internet.

Since its release in July, the show has been a hit.

Only 35 days after its release, the show averaged 14.07 million adults ranging from 18 to 49 years old, according to Shows like “Fuller House” and “Orange is the New Black” barely reached more audience views.

The drama takes place during 1983 in a small town in Indiana where Joyce Byers, played by award-winning actress Winona Ryder, launches her own investigation on the disappearance of her 12-year-old son, Will. As Joyce, the police and Will’s friends search, they run into a string of unexplained mysteries that unravel secret government experiments, supernatural forces and an interesting little girl, Eleven.

“Stranger Things” puts the audience into a time machine back to the early ‘80s, despite being filmed in 2016, effectively using hair, wardrobe, technology, sayings and more. This is a technique sparingly used in television and web streaming, making the show even more unique as it successfully teleports the audience.

The show challenges the viewers’ expectations even more with an eight episode first season — with episodes running about 50 minutes long. Each episode jam-packs the audience’s brains with twists and turns, ending every episode with an unbearable cliffhanger.

Even with eight episodes the first season is able to bring more emotion, attachment and binge-worthiness than any 25-episode season show could.

The perfect contrast of humor and horror keep the audience laughing and on the edge of their seats.

These horror-filled moments are owed to the dark and chilling graphics that make the show incredible to the sci-fi lover, specifically the homage the director pays to previous films in the genre such as “E.T.,” “Star Wars,” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

To settle the more squeamish audiences, moments of comic relief are well-executed through the young characters of the show: Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo) and Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin). These characters bring a “Sandlot” feel to the drama, easing tensions smoothly.

A great amount of credit in the series’ success is owed to Millie Bobby Brown, who plays the mysterious little girl, Eleven.

Brown’s dexterity in playing such a twisted and cryptic yet lovable girl is nothing short of impressive especially at such a young age.

The end of season one leaves audiences impatiently awaiting season two, which is rumored to release in mid-2017.