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Taking place in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in The '80sthe series tells the story of the disappearance of Will Byers Noah Schnappthe investigation into said disappearance and an attempted rescue mission by his friends, and the supernatural events surrounding the Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger itself.
Along the way, the kids and teenagers of the town affected by Will's disappearance have to adjust to the hardships that come with growing upwhile the adults have to confront their worst fears.
The show is inspired by Amblin Entertainment movies such as E. While Netflix remains adamant about not making the viewing numbers for its shows public, it has been released that this is one of the most successful in their history. As with the previous season, Netflix released the episodes simultaneously. A third — similarly dubbed Stranger Things 3 — was released July 4, Stranger Things 4the fourth season, was officially confirmed to be in development for an unknown release date. The showrunners have indicated that the series will run anywhere from four to six seasons.
The series has become something of a Cash Cow Franchise for Netflix, with an ever-growing number of tie-in novels, comics, video games, and more:. Character tropes go on the Characters Sheet. Clarke explains the Upside-Down to his students Example of: Cool Teacher. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this.
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El: What is "friend"? Lucas: A friend is Mike: A friend is someone you'd do anything for. Dustin: You lend them your cool stuff, like comic books and trading cards. Mike: And they never break a promise. It mostly deals with a case he works on in the summer of in New York City, while his daughter Sarah was alive and marriage to Diane was happy.
A theatrical adaptation in the form of a Halloween Horror Nights house at the Universal Studios parks in and Telltale Games was working on a game but in Septemberit was cancelled along with the rest of Telltale's projects as the studio shut down.
Night School Studios was working on a companion mobile game with the working title of Kids Next Door that was left in "limbo" after the cancellation.
Stranger Things A free-to-play 80s cartoon-inspired location-based puzzle role-playing mobile game developed by Next Games. By Season 3, this was totally done away with. The '80s : Season 1 takes place during November Season 2 is set in October-November Season 3 is set during Summersurrounding the July 4th Celebrations. The series itself is a Love Letter to 80's related nostalgia.
Steve in Season 2 is ashamed to admit that he uses Farrah Fawcett-brand hairspray to get his luscious mane. Dustin uses it to get a similar hairstyle for the school dance during the finale. Season 3 rectifies this imbalance with Nancy adding some volume, curls, and bangs to her hair, as well as with DJ Massymo Tn & Franzis-D - Dark Planet and an expanded role for Karen Wheeler. The girls at the dance, who reject Dustin, have a pretty good hair farm between them, and it explodes when we see them again at the mall in S3.
Billy sports an 80s mullet. Season three ramps it up even further as characters get into gun battles with the Russian spies infiltrating Hawkins, culminating in the Mind Flayer creating a Flesh Golem the size of a house that goes on a rampage through the Starcourt Mall.
Adult Fear : The show is full of this, and not just for the adult characters. Specifically: Losing a child, either to disease or disappearance. Having your marriage fall apart. Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger to raise your children without Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger support financial or otherwise from their other parent, and ultimately having to rely on one of your children to make ends meet.
A Government Conspiracy unaccountable to anyone, which abducts your child for unethical experiments. Knowing that something out of the ordinary is happening and everyone you try to talk to automatically doesn't believe you, either because you're a distraught parent or "just a kid.
Most works involving missing children typically emphasize the effects of the disappearance's effects on their family, the parents particularly. Stranger Things demonstrates Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger a missing child's friends are affected, too, and that the disappearance or death of a friend could be an Adult Fear for children, too.
Now imagine at least thirty different people having to cope with this due to the Mind Flayer's Assimilation Plot. Again for the children, especially Mike, particularly in Chapter 1: Having an adult-sized problem Will's disappearancewith your family not seeming to give a crap about it. Nancy experiences this as well after Barb's disappearance, being the only one including the police, her mother, and Barb's own mother who seems to care about her.
Yet another one for the children, specifically Mike but could apply to anyone Born To The Blue (Vocal) - The George Shearing Quintet With Nancy Wilson - The Swingins Mutual Having the person you fell in love with completely disappear for nearly a year without knowing whether or not they are alive, and on the flip side being forced to stay away from the one you love and only being able to watch as they slowly fall apart over your disappearance.
Adults Are Useless : Zig-zagged. Mike and Nancy's parents are a straight example. Mike hides Eleven in their basement for almost a week without his Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger ever even noticing. This carries over to Season 2, as the Wheelers spend the last few episodes blissfully unaware of where their kids are and simply assume they're with their friends somewhere. Considering the town has a habit of disappearing children, you'd think they would be more concerned.
Dustin: [to Ted] You know, you're really no help at all, you know that? Gas Leak Cover Up : In each Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger. With the help of Murray Bauman, the two teens water down the truth of the events to hide Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger less believable elements, but maintain Hawkins Lab's culpability. Season 3: The U.
Gaslighting : What the government can't conveniently murder or sequester, they'll subject the target of their ire to this, such as when they attempt to convince Terry Ives that her daughter was stillborn. Happens to Joyce through most of Season 1—it's particularly egregious when Hawkins Lab fakes Will's death but Joyce knows he's still alive.
Genre Roulette : Switches between horror, sci-fi, and conspiracy thriller, with a generous helping of teen romantic comedies. Usually, the genre depends on the characters being followed. Switched around in Season 2. Jonathan and Nancy take up the conspiracy angle with exposing Hawkins labHopper and Joyce participate in the sci-fi horror as they struggle to All In A Name - Al Japro - Seasoned By. what's going on with Willwhile Dustin, Mike, and Lucas get the conventional horror plot.
Switched up yet again in the third season. Nancy and Jonathan take on a more horror-ridden storyline once more. Steve and Dustin's group, and then Joyce and Hopper handle different elements of the conspiracy surrounding Starcourt Mall.
There seems to be some towards John Carpenter 's early-'80s output as well. They turn to other media like Star Wars when it comes to the adventure elements.
Girlfriend in Canada : In season three, Dustin claims to have a girlfriend that lives in Utah. Most of the other characters believe she isn't real. She is. Gone Horribly Wrong : It was already bad when the facility was torturing children to spy on the Soviet Union, but bringing a monster of unspeakable horror into the world is Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger a whole worse level.
Government Conspiracy : All the shenanigans on the show are the result of dangerous experiments Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger in a government facility near Hawkins.
When the consequences start spilling over into the town, the government does everything in its power to cover things up. Guns Are Useless : Played very straight throughout the Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger close-range submachine gun fire seems to do no damage at all to either the demogorgon or the demodogs.
But somehow Steve's nail-studded baseball bat is highly effective. Played straight again in Season 3, where the shotgun that Nancy wields against the Mind Flayer seems to do very little, if anything at all. Hellgate : It turns out that Dr. Brenner and Eleven unwittingly opened one prior to the story when he made her make contact with the Demogorgon.
It's located in the underground Hawkins Lab and allows malevolent alien forces to seep into our dimension, so the cast has to close it. History Repeats : Jonathan accuses Nancy of repeating her parents' story, which is something he says that most teens do.
Homage : Many that are not explicit shout-outs: The show's title typography was heavily inspired by the way Stephen King 's name used to be presented on his book covers. An inversion of the E. Many fans of The X-Files were delighted to find similarities between scenes: when Hopper and Joyce save Will from the Upside Downit Follow the Lights - SuperScience - Stranger a striking resemblance to a similar scene in the movie Fight the Future.
Near the end of the final episode of Season 1, Will coughs up a miniature of whatever had been pulled from his throat in the Upside Downa scene Rainy Days And Mondays - James Last - Non Stop Dancing 1972 is almost frame-by-frame a copy of a scene from Season 2's "The Host. Eleven's origin story is very similar to Firestarter.
One character even explicitly likens the experiments Eleven's mom took part in to something out of a Stephen King novel. A group of geeky, ostracized middle school kids, joined by some teenagers including one kid's protective big brotherdiscovers a secret beneath the surface of their seemingly quiet hometown, while most adults remain blissfully ignorant of what's going on The premise of the series was inspired by The Gooniesand the main protagonist kid in both works is even named Michael.
In fact, the actor who played the protagonist in The Goonies has a major supporting role in Season 2. The overarching plot of a missing child being trapped in another dimension who is Can U Dig It?
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A government experiment that opens a rift to another dimension that lets human-hungry monsters into our world also brings to mind the Stephen King story and film The Mist. A girl named Nancy sets booby traps for a supernatural killer she intends to lure into our world and then set on fire. The writers are confirmed to Trust Me (Long Version) - Spectrum (16) / Murtceps* - Ghosts: Post-Terminal Reflection also taken inspiration from videogames such as the Silent Hill series and The Last of Us.
The Upside Down's foggy and creepy design shares a lot of similarities to Silent Hill 's Otherworldwhile the spores in the air and fungus growing around the Upside Down's entrances is reminiscent of the Cordyceps fungus in The Last of Us.
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