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Why is Stranger Things so good?

MrDupin October 7, 2016 User blog:MrDupin

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Seriously, why is the show so good?

I just watched the last episode and I was so blown away I decided to write this blog immediately. Be warned, I'm still blown away big time, so this probably won't have any coherence. Also, there will be no spoilers, so read without fear.

Really though, I can't understand why this was good. It was so much better than it had any right to be. Cheesy plot? Check. Predictable storyline? Check. Caricature characters? Check (mostly). It had the trifecta of bad. And for bonus points, it had (many) child actors on the front. And horror that wasn't really horror. And mystery that wasn't really mystery. Yet somehow, it was exceptionally good.

I can't really explain why I was so captivated by it. The writing was magnificent, the acting even better, the emotional impact huge. And man oh man, this guy. Don't get me started on this guy. Why the hell is he so damn good? At times where most shows would crumble, he took the whole thing on his shoulders, almost single-handendly carrying the show all the way to fucking Valhalla. Strong white male hero to the rescue, I say.

I mean, the whole show is just an emotional tale with the skin of horror. Original, but how the hell did it work? The horror was pasty weak. It was cheesy. It should have fallen apart. The plot was all over the place. Why didn't it fall apart.

I don't know, I really don't, why I like this. I don't understand how in the last episode, I witnessed probably the greatest five minutes I will ever see on a show and I was on the verge of tears. Not from saddy-saddy stuff, but from sheer amazement.

Anyway, this is getting too long. Go watch the show. It's nice. I know I hyped it to insane heights and it will never meet your expectation, thus leaving you an empty husk of your former self, but I don't care. I loved it. You probably won't. I don't care.

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