I normally don’t pay much attention to whatever pop culture TV show or song or anything is the latest “thing.” Stranger Things, though, I have not been able to escape.
I’ve seen it trending on Google and Pinterest and heard peers and friends talking about it enough that I finally asked myself, “Okay, what is this Stranger Things show and why is it that amazing?”
I was a little disappointed.
By the way, several people that I’ve heard mention it call themselves Christians. That’s partially why I was curious enough to look it up! I’m not saying that I doubt their Christianity because they choose to watch a certain show; that’s between them and the Lord and has nothing to do with me! I just wanted to step back and write a post listing info about the show in case you’ve also heard all the hype about it and wondered what it was all about.
How does Stranger Things begin?
Young Will Byers is cycling home from a disappointing “Dungeons & Dragons” campaign at a friend’s house, when a terrifying figure suddenly appears… Will tries to escape and hide, but he is abducted…
Will’s friends Dustin, Lucas and Mike begin investigating his disappearance; while looking for Will in the local forest, the boys find a girl with a shaved head in a hospital gown, who they let stay in Mike’s basement. They learn her name is Eleven and that she has psychokinetic abilities.
Will’s mother Joyce becomes transfixed by supernatural events affecting the house electricity – she’s convinced Will is communicating with her. As these strange events continue, she witnesses the same monster that took Will, which threatens her on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, police chief Jim Hopper grows suspicious of the nearby national laboratory after he finds a torn piece of hospital gown outside the lab grounds. Mike’s older sister Nancy attends a pool party hosted by her new boyfriend Steve, begrudgingly accompanied by her best friend Barb. Jonathan, Will’s brother, witnesses the events of the party, taking photos. While alone, Barb is also abducted by the Monster.
There was a lot more in its synopsis of season 1, but I’m not going to add it all. Click here if you’d like to read the full synopsis.
Okay, so Stranger Things sounds pretty creepy. A boy being abducted by a monster, the supernatural communicating through electricity, a strange girl in the woods with psychokinetic abilities.
And that barely scratches the surface.
A few Stranger Things facts.
Dungeons and Dragons, the board game played in the beginning, is known for its darker spiritual elements. I researched it and the game has been accused of summoning demons, leading to the occult, and even driving teens to suicide.
The adults in ST drink and smoke frequently.
Characters, mostly children, swear quite a lot. I even found an article on how the ST kids fought tooth and nail to be able to swear more in season 2. Netflix was contacted and the cursing was approved.
There are several inappropriate innuendos and suggestive scenes.
This is basically a dark, scary, and worldly show.
It’s a little disheartening that several Christians I know have suggested it. With deeper research I have found that it is not something that I would ever be interested in watching and not just because I’m totally terrified of horror movies/books. (Even if the show were clean morally wise and spiritually wise, I still wouldn’t watch it. 😅)
So there you have it. Some information concerning Stranger Things. I hope that you will seriously consider the content covered in this popular Netflix show before deciding to press play.
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