Happy Stranger Things Day!
Boy, what a long and worrisome road it’s been. Cue dramatic hand to forehead. We went from not knowing if there would ever be a second season, to happy tears upon its renewal, and then to sheer disappointment that we would have to wait over 15 longs months for juicy details. Give us the juicy details already! But, Callooh! Callay! today is the day! Bryan and I have both been avoiding all types of social media since Netflix graciously and maliciously loaded all the episodes at once, and you know someone out there has already finished them. So, because we won’t finish the episodes quite as quickly, I will reminisce a little longer with 11 reasons why we love Stranger Things.
- Female Protagonist- Yeah, I said it. A badass female main character with the power to destroy an evil Demogorgon and save the world? Sign me up! Plus, Eleven is not only female, she’s a young female heroine? And, she steps outside traditional gender roles? This is the type of character I actually want my daughters to watch.
- The 80’s- I have an unnatural love for the 80’s. I’m not even over-exaggerating. As evidence I present the fact that I wore chunky, plastic heart earrings all throughout my sophomore year of high school. And, I even wanted a gaudy, metallic, short, and loud prom dress like the singer at the dance scene in Better Off Dead. If you haven’t seen it, go now. But alas, Bryan and I were both born in ’88 and raised in the 90’s. I feel robbed! Robbed! So, watching the gang battle their way through a small-town in the 80’s makes my heart grow three sizes.
- Nerds- What movie/show/book/experience isn’t made better when a group of awkward nerds show up? I have no shame admitting that we are nerds. Hear us wheeze!
- Dustin- I love all the characters, except maybe Steve lol. Team Jonathan Byers all the way! But, I am really fond of Dustin’s lovable, goofy face and silly one-liners. I, also, love that Gaten Matarazzo isn’t ashamed of the disability he shares with the character, which he brings awareness to in an awesome interview with the Huffington Post.
- Winona Ryder- I know, I know. She went through a really crazy phase in the early 2000’s. But, then again, I don’t know her life. I do know that she has been in many of my favorite movies: Dracula, Beetlejuice, Heathers, Edward Scissorhands. So, I was excited for her to make a substantial comeback. Even though she has continually acted, it just felt like she was on the DL for far too long. I am glad to see she still has plenty of talent left in her. Plus, the Oscars.
- Jonathan Byers and Photography- What can we say? We’re suckers for photography and a main character shooting with an old film camera. He had us at stop bath! Even though there was that odd voyeuristic pool party incident, he didn’t mean any harm!
- Fan Theories- I love fan theories. A lot of them get pretty darn close. It amazes me how someone can predict a twist years in advance! My favorite is Steve Harrington actually being the father of Parks and Recreation’s Jean-Ralphio. Entertainment Weekly brought these two cutie pies together and let’s just say I’m convinced.
- The Duffer Brothers- Geniuses. That is all.
- Hair- I don’t care what anyone thinks. Chicks with shaved heads are freakin’ cool. I saw Eleven/Millie Bobby Brown with a buzzcut and so I did a buzzcut. But seriously, where are the clippers?
- Bikes- To be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I rode a bike. We live in such a bicycle friendly town, but drivers be crazy. I want to live, but I also want to ride down autumn-leaved streets with the cool, crisp wind blowing in my face. Thank goodness for vicarious living.
- Community- There are people with all different tastes coming together over Stranger Things. I know in our circle alone it ranges from all different ages, economic and educational backgrounds, states, beliefs etc. The other day, I wore a shirt displaying my love and anticipation for the shows arrival and was approached by two strangers (no pun intended) on campus who just wanted to tell me they loved it too. It’s a piece of art that’s opened the door for not only its appreciation and critique, but also conversation in general.
Well, there you have it, folks. If you stuck with us this long, just know that you are a trooper! Here’s to binging on tasty Eggo’s and nine delicious episodes. Cheers!