“Stranger Things” Quite Extraordinary

By RACHEL SCHREIBSTEIN

Children and adults are still raving about the new Netflix hit series “Stranger Things.” Set in Hawkins, Indiana during the 1980s, the show focuses on a boy named Mike Wheeler and his friends, Dustin and Luke, who are on a mission to find their friend Will after he goes missing. Through their search, the three boys come across a quiet and mysterious girl named Eleven (El), who seems to have some idea about where Will is. With help from Chief Hopper, Will’s family, and Mike’s sister Nancy, the hunt is on to bring Will home safely. After hearing many positive reviews about the show, I thought that I should give it a try.

After watching the first season, which was eight episodes, I was blown away by the show and was very happy to hear that it was renewed for a second season. “Stranger Things” is unlike any show I have watched before, and the suspense throughout the entire season made me want to continue watching.

The feedback from Jericho students was overwhelmingly positive. Junior Emily L. said, “I think it’s very interesting and it’s scary and suspenseful too. I hope to see El come back for sure in the second season.”  Sophomore Sarah S. agrees about El and the show. She said, “I think it’s a brilliant creation because it really challenges the mind and makes you think things through and out of the box, but at the same time it’s really entertaining because it’s cute and funny. Eleven is my favorite character because she’s adorable and she’s just the best.” Freshman Rebecca L. enjoys the mystery of the series. “I like the show because I’ve never watched anything supernatural before and it was a new experience,” she said.

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Rebecca L. is a huge “Stranger Things” fan. “A lot of friends and my sister told me about the show. Eleven is my favorite character because she’s very powerful,” she said.

The show is just as appealing to students, as it is to Jericho High School teachers. Social Studies teacher Mr. Coval said, “Being two episodes in, I don’t think it’s that scary, but more suspenseful.” Additionally, substitute teacher Ms. Hauff said, “I thought it was interesting having a world in what seemed like a nuclear power plant and that there was a parallel universe.”

Clearly, the popularity for “Stranger Things” is continuing to grow, and it doesn’t seem like it will slow down any time soon. The fact that viewers are able to connect with characters in the show makes them feel like they are part of it, and that makes show even more fantastic. Everyone, including myself, is really excited to see what’s to come in the second season which will be released in 2017.

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