Jenn says -
If you’re looking for something different to watch like I always am, then Stranger Things on Netflix is something you should definitely check out. Now I admit that I was late to the party but at the nagging of two friends I finally sat down one night and watched it. This was after season two was already out. Once I started watching I couldn’t stop. The show follows two worlds, ours and the Upside-down. The Upside-down is a mirror to our world but much darker and with monsters called the Demogorgon’s.
Each season follows these monsters but also introduces new ones. Enough with the bad guys, let’s move on to our group of heroes. A ragtag team of kids that at first, you might be thinking what are they thinking? But don’t underestimate them because you’d be sorry. I bet those Demogorgon’s did, and they ended up being sorry. Now we all love a good character development and the character I think has that in stranger things is Steve but NO SPOILERS! Trust me you’ll see why I say that whenever you watch. Enjoy your next series binge, the Upside-down is waiting.
Jennifer Rhodes met Melanie back when True Blood was popular and they have been friends ever since. She loves TV (especially things that make you smile), Doctor Who, Finding new shows, and regularly provides awesome fandom items for Muser Giveaways. Jennifer is now a proud member of the VIPers - the Melanie's Muses Spotlight Feature Team!
Dave says -
Summer of 2016, a new world was coming to the world of Netflix. The world of the Upside Down is unleashed and unknowingly brought into the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. The show is Stranger Thing. It featured a cast of unknowns in the main roles and even in the most of the supporting ones except for Winona Ryder, who at the time was kind of a has-been. She hadn't really been in anything that recently and had legal troubles. But this blend of horror and sci-fi had me intrigued right away from the first trailer, and excited to wait for the premiere. I knew it was right up my alley. I didn't hesitate to dive right in and start to binge. The first season had 8 episodes and I think I finished it in 8 hours straight, without stopping.
Set in the early 1980's, it magically creates the tone reminiscent of The Goonies. Mix The Goonies, a little E.T., a little Super 8, and a dash of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and you will get an end result coming pretty similar to Stranger Things. As a DVD guy and a child of the 80's, I have to tell you one of the coolest things is the DVD releases for Season 1 and 2 had VHS replica packaging! The discs are packaged in an old VHS-style shell casing. I believe it was a Target exclusive but looked so cool! The packaging matches the show's genius but I wish they would have shown some of that genius in preparation of the discs. A) no bonus features! WTF??? A show like this and you can't have a little behind the scenes, interviews, commentaries, bloopers, something! B) ads! A lot of them that you cannot fast forward through or chapter skip or even go to the main menu. You have to sit through them all. So, my guess is if you want to watch it, put the disc in first and then leave to room to prepare a snack or go to the bathroom or something. By the time you get back, you may be ready to hit play. They didn't even release a Season 3 set yet. (Yes, there are some listed but they are bootlegs Buyer beware!)
Accompanying Season 2 on Netflix was the after show, Beyond Stranger Things which featured interviews with the cast and creators. They filmed it. They aired it. They have it! You'd think they would have included in the Season 2 DVD release as some bonus features but noooooooo! Do you think I am a little miffed at that? Damn straight I am! Get on the ball, people! I'd like to know their logic in these releases. Are they trying to make it a little more authentic 80's and since 80's releases didn't have any bonuses, they did the same? OK, I'll step down from my soapbox now.
Dave Christy loves horror, music, documentaries and more. He is also the co-runner of several fan based groups including Morningstars (THE Lucifer fan group also run by Melanie), and now is a member of the VIPers Spotlight Lounge team for Melanie's Muses. Other than "In The Spotlight" Features -check out his "31 Days Of Halloween Movies"
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