Netflix’s Stranger Things Passes the Patriot Test

“Stranger Things,” Netfix’s original sci-fi series and one of the most popular streaming shows in the world, released its third season on the Fourth of July (this review is not a spoiler, so those interested in watching the show can continue reading).  Set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, during the mid-1980s, the series successfully blends Stephen King-style supernatural events with innocent, Reagan-era culture.  Those who grew up in the 1980s -- or who raised children during that time -- will appreciate the numerous 80s references and homages, which add a layer of nostalgia to the story and help the audience bond with the characters. The first thing to like about “Stranger Things,” besides its endearing middle-school characters and brilliant use of eerie suspense, is that it’s refreshingly free of 2019 heavy-handed identity politics (mostly). It remains true to the era of the 1980s, a time when we...(Read Full Article)
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