9th March, 2017
You know, last night?
Last night I have to confess: I watched Nosferatu.
The old German silent film?
Generally considered a masterpiece: but one I felt unimpressed by.
I might have to give it another go, at some point.
When I’m a little less tired, perhaps.
On a night like tonight, in other words.
Well, I could’ve done.
I thought I should maybe catch up with some of the TV shows I’ve had sitting around in my collection, and assorted wish lists.
Frankly? I seriously fancied series 2 of Mr Robot: as I was impressed by the first series.
I’ve ALSO got the first five series of American Horror Story.
But really didn’t fancy running a (metaphorical) marathon.
Even thought at last one old friend tells me it’s worth watching.
No … I fancied going lightweight: after the Sturm und Drang of Mr Robot.
I fancied … Winona Ryder … an 1980s setting … kids on bicycles … Netflix … !
I fancied …
Stranger Things … !
Chapter 1 — The Vanishing of Will Byers — by introducing us to Will (Noah Schnapp): a youngster living in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, leaving a friend’s house after an especially riveting game of Dungeons and Dragons.
Only to not get home, by morning.
Sending his mother, Joyce — Winona Ryder — frantically heading to local police chief, Jim Hopper — David Harbour — to report her youngest son as missing.
Meanwhile, Will’s three friends, and fellow players — Mike, Dustin and Lucas, played by Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin — decide to try and find him.
Only to find a mysterious called calling herself Eleven, seemingly lost in the woods.
Chapter 2 — The Weirdo on Maple Street — shows us what happens when Mike decides to hide Eleven — Millie Bobby Brown — only for he and the gang to find eleven’s got a Few tricks up her sleeve.
Chapter 2 tells us something else: that the mysterious Eleven is being hunting by a team of heavies led by Dr Brenner: played by Matthew Modine.
And that the missing Will is desperately trying to phone his mother, Joyce.
Only to leave Joyce in hysterics, when the phone … blows up …
And the lights … trip
Now … was I impressed by the first two episodes of Stranger Things?
Very much so, actually.
This is a piece whose ensemble cast work well together, with the younger cast members shining — but not overwhelming — the cast, and whose older members experience works very well.
The writing’s well done, as well: giving each member of the cast — even the minor ones who only last an episode — enough depth and background to shine.
There’s scares there: and enough funny moments to lighten the mood, before introducing some of The darker touches.
I can see why people are making a fuss about this series.
With Stranger Things, Netflix have another hit on their hands.