I can’t believe we only have a few weeks left in summer.
The Dudes will be back in the classroom and our summer adventures will be gone for good in less than a month.
All of the sadness.
On the bright side, my list of things-I-will-watch-when-my-kids-go-back-to-school list is filling up quite nicely.
First up, OITNB.
The newest season has been glaring at me on my “because you watched…” list for ages.
And, when school is back in and I am back to working from my couch full time, I will finally be able to see what happens to Piper and the incarcerated girl gang she rolls with.
Last week, since they are still crowded around me in the living room most evenings, we decided to give Stranger Things a go (ok, not all of us, but some of us).
You’ve probably heard about it, because it turned out to be sort of a big deal for Netflix, but for all of you rock dweller, it’s one of their newest original series. It’s a sci-fi drama thriller mystery type thing set in the 80s featuring Winona Ryder and a cast of virtually previously unheard of kids that people are going a little bit nuts about.
It’s just 8 episodes of edge of your seat, nostalgia laden, adventure who-done-it awesome that you need to add to your next binge-a-thon.
If you haven’t watched DUDE WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, let me break it on down for you a little bit.
Everything You Need to Know About the Netflix Original Stranger Things
1. It is spooky as hell. Like no joke. The first episode had me running up the stairs to bed like something was chasing me.
2. So, if you have squeamish kids who get creeped out by things easily, leave them out of this movie night. Dude 3 is NOT watching. Episode one made me clutch my booty closed, and anything that does that to me is not okay for him and his sensitivities.
3. But my older kids totally loved it. I think it is appropriate for tweens and teens and I loved waxing nostalgic with the Dudes about it.
4. It is sort of Goonies meets something-else-from-the-80s-that-was-more-sci-fi-ish-and-spooky. Meaning there is adventure and intrigue and a fight against the man, but it is also scary and sinister and little bit of fun.
5. Winona Ryder is kind of amazeballs. She used to be one of my favorite actress and I love her in this role just as much as I loved her in Beetlejuice.
6. The kids aren’t to shabby either. The girl who plays Eleven is really, really amazing for a child actor. And I kinda have a crush on the curly haired one with the lisp situation. I totally followed him on Instagram this weekend just because he’s so adorable (he’s @gatenm123 if you want to join me).
7. If you were around in the 80s you’re going to relate to a bunch of the stuff you see. I was not a Dungeons and Dragons chick by any stretch of the imagination (in fact, I’ve never even seen the thing in real life up close), but I loved seeing the kids play it. And ride their bikes all over town without helmets. In the middle of the night. On a school day. So 1985.
8. There is an ending. I hate binge watching a show only to get to the end and find out it is a cliffhanger and I have to wait like 28 months for season two. I am talking to you The Fall.
9. Technically, there is no second season. So, we have to sit here with our fingers crossed and hope and pray Netflix hears our begging and pleading and gives us some stranger things to love in a few months.
10. You can watch Stranger Things on Netflix start to finish right now. I’m really not sure why you haven’t seen it yet. Or what you’re waiting for.