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Stranger Things turns 5: Glimpse back to the strange show and stranger elements that make it still popular

Even though the supernatural elements have been the muses to many shows before, Stranger Things have used them very strangely.

Megha Mukundan
Jul 16, 2021
 
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Five years back on this day a strange story by The Duffer Brothers streamed on Netflix as Stranger Things. Since then, the show and the little friends from the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana became strangely popular among the audience all over the world. The sci-fi horror drama set in 1980, then released two more seasons and the fourth season has been officially announced now. Revolving around the investigation of a missing young boy, the show unveils many strange things that are happening in the town. 

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Even though the supernatural elements have been the muses to many shows before, Stranger Things have used them very strangely, by even turning the monster in a children’s game D&D into a character, the Demogorgon. The strange kid Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) is another element that made justice to the show’s title. Brilliant use of the upside-down, which appears to be an alternate dimension existing in a parallel world, and the boy who is trapped in there is something very thoughtful about the plot. Also, adding Hawkins’ lab to the storyline has helped to have a logical explanation for all this. The involvement of a group of kids and their further activities to solve the puzzle appears to be a bit odd but the same element had made the show so popular among the audience of different age groups. 

Along with the show, the characters have also bagged a position in the favourite list of many. The main characters in season one are Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Will (Noah Schnapp), Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), Jim Hopper (David Harbour), Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) and Nancy (Natalia Dyer).

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