phoenics September 13, 2016 Share September 13, 2016 I LOVE THIS SHOW. I love everything about it. I - wow! I'm so glad I finally caught up - I binged it all in less than 24 hours. The theme music is EPIC 80s theme music and I get this sweet little nostalgic kickback from it that makes me all giddy and excited like I used to be as a kid in the 80s. The characters are great - the plotting superior - just an all around great show. I'm fascinated by Eleven and her storyline and hope she's not gone for good. Also I hope that we find out more about the Upside Down - is it a parallel universe that really exists and El just formed a connection to it? Unwittingly? Or is it that it didn't exist until El connected with the monster? If it is a parallel universe - what happened to the people? Were there ever any people in the Upside Down? I kinda think there weren't - I think it's just a mirror image of our world... through a cracked mirror. When watching this and thinking of the Upside Down, I got the feeling that I had read a book about this a long, long time ago - or had some kind of vague memory of a kind of parallel dimension that bad things came through. I also totally got the love for Dungeons and Dragons, Spielberg, Goonies, etc.. that clip of the Thing brought back childhood nightmares. I really think they are going for that kind of effect with poor Wil next season. I also got a bit of a Roswell vibe from it that made me super happy - just with kids rather than teens... the whole us united against the world thing... loved it. Also the whole kids being outcast part was very Roswellian... I wish that show would come back or reboot. Loved the Jonathan/Nancy/Steve arc and their scene at the end running from the monster and Steve freaking out. I too think that Nancy kinda settled for him in the end, but he really did come through at the end too - I loved how he turned away from his douchebaggery too. I really think Netflix has hit upon something huge - their shows tend to have much better plotting and characterization overall... just far superior to most tv shows that run over the course of a season. Perhaps there is something amazing to having writers be able to have a vision, stick to that vision and write it without interference and then just present it as a work of art to be consumed after it's finished. I truly like that model... it's why I honestly wish a lot of shows that died over the years (Roswell, The Tomorrow People, Firefly, etc) could find a resurgence on Netflix. About diversity - Yes I would love more diversity though and totally get the arguments on both sides about why it could have more vs why it doesn't - but still would have liked more diversity. One of the ways a show can be progressive with diversity but still be realistic to the times is by at least not ignoring the racial reality then. If you go "realism" w.r.t. not having many people of color because of the demographics of the time, then you at least need to show us the PoV of the people of color you do show and illustrate any difficulties they face because of it. You might as well just add in more diversity as "real" characters and not just foils for the white characters. You can't have it both ways on the realism front. So don't argue that diversity is an "anachronism" for the times, but then be fine with them presenting the PoC characters as paper thin stereotypes where racism isn't even noticed or their point of view is not shown. Because I'm sure every person of color is still a fully human and fully realized being - which means they shouldn't only exist as "foils" to play off the main white characters who get depth in their storytelling. But that aside - I do really love this show. Just gave me such awesome feels and what a ride. Can't wait for S2. There will be a S2, right? 4 Link to comment
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