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Reply #35 on: November 01, 2016, 05:55:16 PM


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Reply #36 on: December 30, 2016, 12:56:25 PM


Yeah yeah late to the party but I just talked the wife into watching this, and we both ended up loving it. Great on nearly all fronts, but as this is the internet I'm going to spend the bulk of the post bitching about something.

Why, after shooting the show so obviously in middle and north Georgia, did they set it in Indiana? I mean, even though the town of Hawkings was made up, they still used local town and place names to the region (Cartersville, Jonesboro, the Etowah River). It's like when they scripted it they were planning to keep it set on location, but then changed plans at the last minute. Early on the show I even paid them the compliment of, even though it was set in the South, not overdoing the accents. Then I finally noticed an Indiana license plate, so compliment withdrawn!

But okay, other than that, some solid "nostalgia done right."
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Reply #37 on: January 19, 2017, 08:12:32 PM

I'm SO in love with this (watching Ep. 4). I could listen to that main theme and the '80s synth background tunes all day.

"Nostalgia masterfully done right". It's like I'm suddenly binge-watching ET, Neverending Story, Navigator, DARYL, Labyrinth, The Goonies all over again with a sprinkle of Carpenter on it. Oh, and during the "high school moments", there is some some vague (and not so vague) "Nightmare on Elm Street" atmosphere (Nancyyy!!!) And I like it  Oh ho ho ho. Reallllly? Love Letters

Just found this. Holy....  Heart Heart Heart

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Reply #38 on: July 12, 2017, 02:15:59 AM

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Reply #39 on: July 12, 2017, 01:34:25 PM

ooooo.  I can't wait for what ever the fuck that is!

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Reply #40 on: July 12, 2017, 02:44:06 PM

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Reply #41 on: July 12, 2017, 04:19:01 PM

I love that role playing cover.  Love it.

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Reply #42 on: July 12, 2017, 05:56:01 PM

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I miss Good Eats.  *Sniff*
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Reply #43 on: July 22, 2017, 06:30:34 PM

Here it is, first trailer of Season 2:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgS2L7WPIO4

The first 20 seconds  Heart Heart Heart Heart

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Reply #44 on: July 22, 2017, 07:05:56 PM

That was good

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Reply #45 on: July 22, 2017, 11:26:43 PM

Oh good.  On Halloween, no less.  Popcorn, candy apples and spooky stuff on TV.  Yay! 

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Reply #46 on: July 23, 2017, 11:22:22 AM

Oh good.  On Halloween, no less.  Popcorn, candy apples and spooky stuff on TV.  Yay! 
I'll likely have finished Season 2 3.5 days before Halloween.

I miss Good Eats.  *Sniff*
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Reply #47 on: July 23, 2017, 07:28:13 PM

It does look good, but Will was barely in the first season. It starred the other kids trying to find him. Can they pull off a season that seems to star Will?

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Reply #48 on: August 11, 2017, 07:11:31 PM

I finally got around to watching this. Fuck me, really good fun, especially for kids from the '80's like me. It wasn't overly in your face nostalgia like The Goldbergs (which I also love for different reasons) but it all fit pretty well. Enough that I was questioning if X movie would have come out before this was set and such. I feel like 8 episodes pretty much nailed the right pacing so that it didn't feel padded or stretched out (something the Marvel shows that I love do - 13 episodes is a bit long).

That season 2 trailer was fucking awesome.

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Reply #49 on: October 13, 2017, 06:30:30 PM

Winona Ryder is nearly ruining this for me.

Stop crying, you butt.
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Reply #50 on: October 13, 2017, 08:14:11 PM

Winona Ryder is nearly ruining this for me.

Stop crying, you butt.

Why?  That's pretty much her entire job in this show.

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Reply #51 on: October 13, 2017, 08:36:19 PM

because it sucks, that's why
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Reply #52 on: October 13, 2017, 09:29:43 PM

I stopped watching exactly when she entered and went full crymob.  HOWEVER, I went back months later, and then got into it.  The kids and maybe the Sheriff are the best actors and parts.  Ryder fits in eventually by going full Close Encounters of the Third Kind obsessed and it's OK.
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Reply #53 on: October 24, 2017, 09:04:57 AM

literally just finished this so I could be up to speed on the new season

the ending was garbage

winona was intolerable

i care about 15% of the cast

this entire thing was just hilariously overrated

season 2 looks better (which really doesn't seem that high of a hurdle, frankly)
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Reply #54 on: October 24, 2017, 09:21:04 AM

I didn't have that big of a problem with it, but I somewhat agree.  I thought the setting, general story, and direction was great.  Problem was that I honestly didn't like any of the cast other than the sheriff.  Most of the kids were annoying as fuck and their fights against each other felt forced and really stupid.  I wanted somebody to just punch Winona most of the series.  It was a good attempt at what it was going for, but the characters themselves ended up turning me off.

Season 2 has potential though!
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Reply #55 on: October 28, 2017, 07:52:35 PM

I finally watched season one Friday night (just one episode... maybe just one more... then it was 4am) and really enjoyed it.

Starting in on season two now.
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Reply #56 on: October 29, 2017, 07:45:10 AM

Finished season 2 and while it wasn't bad it felt rather unnecessary (can't think of a better word to describe how I felt about the second season).
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Reply #57 on: October 30, 2017, 03:30:28 PM

Through the uprights and it was good...but a few why the fuck nitpicks that aren't break the show worthy but "not the best syfy" worthy.

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Reply #58 on: November 01, 2017, 02:29:22 AM

Just finished. I enjoyed it. Had some ups and downs, but it was entertaining and nostalgic, so I was happy. Far less Winona crying this season was a plus.

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Reply #59 on: November 01, 2017, 06:23:25 PM

Season two was good stuff.  Not quite as amazing as S1, partially because there's no way to go in completely cold, but still very solid overall, and some nice payoffs for things from before and setup for whatever's next.  Had some really great moments.  And the Dustin / Steve team-up was inspired stuff.  I hope we get to see some more mixing up of the main characters in season three -- now that we know a bit more about these people, letting them play off each other is fun.
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Reply #60 on: November 02, 2017, 02:13:51 PM

I think most improved in season two is steve he has grown up and matured into a pretty solid all around good person.
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Reply #61 on: November 02, 2017, 05:06:43 PM

Steve was definitely the MVP of season 2.

Other than episode 7, which while not bad per se just felt really out of time and place, that was a bloody good successor to the first season.

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Reply #62 on: November 03, 2017, 10:50:29 AM

Finished Season two.  Loved it just as much.

I get that it started slower, but given season one, I didn't mind it all.  Finished strong.


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Reply #63 on: November 03, 2017, 11:50:05 AM

Steve was definitely the MVP of season 2.

Other than episode 7, which while not bad per se just felt really out of time and place, that was a bloody good successor to the first season.


Episode 7 I think was important to give some closure to eleven and make some important choices on what kind of person she wants to be it did feel a bit odd and disjointed from the rest of the story.
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Reply #64 on: November 03, 2017, 01:14:21 PM

i have always derived better satisfaction of stranger things by understanding that its genre is movie nostalgia. shit will work like it would in a 1980's made for tv supernatural horror.
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Reply #65 on: November 03, 2017, 05:13:14 PM

Also just finished season 2 and loved it.

In addition to the movie references, I thought some scenes referenced Half-Life.

P.S. I played AD&D in the 1980s, sometimes with friends, but often just writing modules by myself or finding ways to play it alone, and the Mind Flayer in the Monster Manual stuck out to me... Maybe because Expedition to the Barrier Peaks was one of my favourite modules. I love how the Duffer Brothers are able to pick that level of nerdy eighties childhood detail even though they were born later.
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Reply #66 on: November 03, 2017, 09:18:18 PM

Episode 7 I think was important to give some closure to eleven and make some important choices on what kind of person she wants to be it did feel a bit odd and disjointed from the rest of the story.

I think if they had threaded the ep7 El storyline across 2-3 episodes, interwoven with what the rest of the gang were up to, it would have worked better.

Dropping it between the cliff-hanger at the end of ep6 and return to that in ep8 was clunky.

It also tied in to her figuring out what/where "home" was.
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Reply #67 on: November 03, 2017, 10:33:01 PM

Episode 7 set up part of season 3:


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Reply #68 on: November 03, 2017, 10:42:53 PM

It was the first half of a Heroes Journey arc, made less obvious by spending most of the screen time on the gang. Very by the numbers if you look only at when Jane/Eleven is on screen.

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Reply #69 on: November 04, 2017, 11:31:44 AM

Dagobah episode.

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