Stranger Things. I was hooked in sixty seconds – you probably were, too. Let me stop talking about me and starting talking about this show because it’s awesome. It put me back on production of Iron Mountain while I binge-watched the entire first season. Stranger Things is an indication that the renaissance of science fiction is underway. Let’s talk about why.
As a person who really cares about science fiction, I’ve felt like I’ve been raging against the machine too long. Science fiction has been failing us as fans for quite some time. No actual science in my sci-fi, franchises spoiled by reboots, burying us with graphics and starving us on stories – this has been a leitmotif of FlotillaOnline for five or six years now. It now turns out that I’m not the only one crying out for a return to sci-fi with a pulse. Stranger Things is on Netflix and it’s a glorious return to the science fiction I grew up on as a kid.
But what makes Stranger Things work so well? I’ve been thinking about this ever since Force Awakens came out, because J.J. Abrams captured something with Episode 7 that had been missing in Episodes 1-3. The animated movie Iron Giant captured it. Firefly captured it. Super 8 captured it. But what is it? I jotted down some ideas … see what you think: Continue reading