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‘Stranger Things’ flops

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Audrey Houghton, Staff writer

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The Netflix series “Stranger Things,” released July 15, is taking the world by storm. This is confusing, considering the show is jam-packed with gaping plot holes, average acting and over-complicated story lines. 

The main characters include four bookish Indiana boys and a girl with supernatural powers, Eleven, whom they hide in their basement in an E.T.-esque fashion. The acting is average with the exception of Winona Rider, who convincingly portrays a frantic mother consumed by the disappearance of her son. The adolescent characters in the show harbor mediocre acting skills and often have odd personalities that make me cringe. This can be noticed in Jonathan Byers, a loner with a creepy interest in photographing people. His stalker-like energy in the show makes me feel uncomfortable. 

Described as horror-fiction, the show heavily resembles director Steven Spielberg’s “Poltergeist.” Most supernatural aspects of “Stranger Things” are derived from “Poltergeist,” and this absence of originality causes me to feel bored while watching the show. If the goal of “Stranger Things” is to frighten the audience like “Poltergeist,” they are unsuccessful. In fact, this series does not scare me at all, which is disappointing. Supernatural occurrences in the series are often too unrealistic to find scary and the eerie energy built up throughout does not cause alarm.

The plot is incredibly complicated as well. I do think that complexity in a show can be a good thing but not to the point where I don’t know what’s going on. Normally I can multi-task while watching a series, but I find this to be difficult. I do not recommend this show to anyone that has a hard time focusing. If I get up to snack or check my phone, I miss something important and have to rewind. Time and energy spent rewinding this show can be spent on more important things, like not watching it at all. 

The series is also filled with copious amounts of plot holes. As an example, a beloved character, Barb, disappears one night, similarly to a disappearance earlier in the series. Her absence is briefly mentioned the next day by her best friend and main character, Nancy, but no one searches for Barb and she is never mentioned again in the series.

The series finale is a bore and way too predictable. I am not impressed and I do not want more. The series is over hyped, and I doubt that the next season will be as popular.

Stars: 2/5

See Editor-in-chief Grace Knotts’ review on “Stranger Things” for a different perspective.

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