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Here's Why Netflix's Original Series "Stranger Things" Deserves Major Props

Neflix's reasonably new originals series "Stranger Things" is different than any show before. Here's why it's worth a watch.

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Care to live in a world where the "upside-down" is more than just a lousy preposition? Do you have enough trust to let someone put you in a sensory deprivation tank in hopes of contacting otherworldly creatures? If this is your cup of tea-- or, beer, or whatever your drink of preference may be (and I don't know why this would be), then you might want to pack your bags and take the next available flight to Hawkins, Indiana.

I know- I bet you're eager to conduct some research, but I'll tell you all that you need to know about the small town in Indiana. Don't let the pictures fool you-- Hawkins is a great place to live if you're down for all the excitement that the town entails. Basically, it's the place you'll want to live in if you're athletic, not afraid of the dark (which is all the town ever appears to be), and don't mind getting in trouble with the government.

The lovely town of Hawkins, Indiana is the location of the reasonably new Netflix Original Series, "Stranger Things." Throughout the eight "chapter" saga, viewers learn that there are some strange, supernatural events occurring in the town of Hawkins. It seems as if dangerous aliens with absent faces, scrawny arms, and lanky legs have invaded the humdrum town. The story orbits (no pun intended) around a twelve year old boy who goes missing one peculiar night on a seemingly endless bike ride home. The potential leads to the botched case all come to a complete dead end by the time that each episode comes to a close.

To sum it all up in a way which is ambiguous and an inadequate fallacy, "Stranger Things" is basically "E.T." on some really messed up steroids. Nobody can explain the celestial events going on, but the idea that E.T's breed is to blame for the commotion is not simply out of the question.

To the naked eye, the series may seem like your cliche, make-believe crap where aliens are taking over, someone goes missing, and Hawkins High's biggest asshole ironically comes in at the right time to save the day (all in a grand total of six hours, no less). But if you hunker down and watch it in unabridged, analytical concentration, you'll find that there is much more to the show than what lies upon the surface--and coincidentally, what lies beneath it.

For those of you who appear as lost as the sock that you kicked off in the middle of your sleep twelve nights ago, there's a parallel universe that lies closer to the residents of Hawkins than most can even begin to fathom.

Ultimately, this alternate universe appears as a carbon-copy of Hawkins, just with a heightened deluge of eeriness. The largest anomaly between the two is that the upside-down is inordinately close to derelict, and the only beings that prowl the land are those of a supernatural species, as well as the defenseless hostages that have so unfortunately been captured from up above.

The series extracts a much deeper veracity regarding the correlation between the extraterrestrial and the government through its latent symbolism. What makes "Stranger Things" so extraordinary is its constant juxtaposition between what is imaginary and what is reality. There are two separate forces working against each other throughout the show- the fabricated "fantasy" force (the power that consists of the "demagorgons," demons, sorcerers and basically anything that you'd find integrated into a J.K. Rowling novel), and the undeniable clout of the "shadow" government. The shadow government's deftness to abrogate all higher powers adds a puzzling and compelling twist to the series' already gripping plot. It is candidly prodigious to see how the two forces, which initially appear as polar opposites, fuse together for a captivating final scene. Pretty radical, am I right?

Think of the show as a black marker. I know- it sounds like a pretty shoddy analogy, but just bear with me here; for this is merely my rotten attempt at teaching you a hasty lesson on chromatography. Spoiler Alert: Black markers aren't really black. Shocking? Maybe. Unexplainable? No. You see, black is entirely made out of different pigmentation, thus it's the product of absent reflective colors. The intricacy of the color black is more opaque than you'd think. This is because no one really thinks of black as being made out of color until they're forced to observe some scribbled-on piece of coffee filter in a cup of water for several minutes, as they wait for the separation of pigments to appear right before their very own eyes.

Now that I've given you my chemistry lecture for the day, I think we're half-past-late in getting back to the relevant matter at hand. The color black is more complex that we think, and it's a giant mixture of all offbeat sides of the visual spectrum. Much like this, "Stranger Things," is a massive conflation of "E.T.," "Firestarter," "The Goonies," "Poltergeist," and oddly, "The Breakfast Club."

I don't mean to make it seem like "Stranger Things" is anywhere near some black marker on a spectrum of phenomenal television shows, but I think it does the trick. The important point here is that "Stranger Things'" complexity makes it beguiling, not convoluted in the least perspective.

After all, without all of the scared-shitless-edge-of-your-seat-type plot-twists, the show would be straight-up lame.

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