Stranger Things: Why Is 1980s Nostalgia So Powerful?

strangerthingsposterBased on what I’ve seen on social media, Stranger Things has been a huge hit for Netflix over the last month. I knew I would watch it at some point, but it wasn’t going anywhere and I had Deadwood to watch, so I put it off for a few weeks.

A few days ago I finally plugged in the ole’ Netflix, and I was instantly hooked.

The first few scenes have a very familiar feel to them. The tone is of a coming-of-age 1980s Spielberg movie, with four boys playing D&D and then biking home through a woodsy small town. It’s paired with a supernatural mystery, of course.

It’s wonderful. I don’t quite know what it is about that classic Spielberg tone. I was a boy of the ’80s, but my experience was very different from the kids in Stranger Things. Yet it evokes a sense of nostalgia that feels really good. It feels like home, if that makes sense?

My hat is off to the directors, the Duffer brothers, for so perfectly capturing that tone. It also happens to be a fantastic show otherwise–it’s something between television and movies, as each episode isn’t at all episodic.

Please, if you comment, no spoilers or anything even close. I’m only through 3 episodes, so there’s a lot I don’t know. I can’t wait to watch more, though.