By Victoria Onorato
From themed tee shirts to Halloween costumes, the 2016 Netflix series “Stranger Things” has influenced the pop culture world. The series takes place in the 1980s and follows a group of boys who lose their friend, Will Byers (Noah Schnapp), due to supernatural forces. They try to save him from a separate world referred to as “the underground.” Season two was released on Oct. 27 on Netflix and is nine episodes filled with thrill and suspense. Characters uncover secret government experiments and various other unsettling realizations in this thriller.
Paul Evans, senior broadcasting major, spent his day off due to the power outage on Monday, Oct. 3o, binge-watching both seasons of the show. “I see [“Stranger Things”] becoming as popular as “The Twilight Zone” series; they both have a large following of many age groups,” Evans said, referencing the 1959-1964 tv program. “It’s a good way to distract yourself from all the depressing events happening in society currently,” he said, “You get invested in the plot.”
Kristen Guadagna, a senior art therapy major, balances school, work and a social life but still finds streaming the series convenient for her schedule. Guadagna watched the second season of “Stranger Things” in two days. “It’s a rather short series, so students would have time to watch an episode or two between schoolwork,” she said.
Nicole Wojnicki, senior broadcasting major, watched season two in three days due to her busy schedule. She finds the series to be unique. “They always end the episode on a cliffhanger. The story draws people in,” Wojnicki said.
Aida Enamorado, senior international studies major, believes the reason for the series’ success is the decade it takes place in. “[The creators] really pay attention to detail–the clothes, the music, the games, everything,” she said. “It’s something different than other shows available.” Enamorado loves the mystery and unpredictability of “Stranger Things” and encourages other students to watch the new season. “The soundtrack is amazing, there is a strong female lead character, references to movies and shows we all know and love are there, and there’s something for everyone,” she said.
Season one, consisting of eight episodes, and season two are available to stream on Netflix.