Done with ‘Stranger Things’? Here Is Your Next Netflix Binge – The New York Times

Stranger Things
This essay includes spoilers for “Stranger Things” and the first season of “Dark.” It’s a dark night in a rural town surrounded by woods. People are frantically searching for a little boy who has gone missing. The police seem inept to help. The reason he has gone missing is inexplicable and, perhaps, supernatural. No, this is not a description of the very first episode of “Stranger Things, ” but of another engrossing Netflix sci-fi thriller set (in part) in the past: the German time-travel adventure series “Dark.” The two shows are often compared, and understandably so — when the characters in “Dark” go back in time, for instance, they often travel to the mid-1980s, the same period in which Eleven and Will explore the Upside Down. There’s also a core group of kids, the children of the four families mentioned above, who share a dynamic not unlike the “Stranger Things” friends in Hawkins, Ind. But the similarities end there. While Matt and Ross Duffer's nostalgic trip explores the lives of their characters for the sake of the plot — each “Stranger Things” season begins by establishing relationships and characterizations before it’s all largely forsaken when the monsters turn ....


(The story begins in 2019 but also moves backward to 1986 and the early 1920s and 1950s.) The series creators, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese have built a world of intrigue: Infidelities and secrets from the past abound, and some of the kids harbor secret crushes on one another. And the search for Mikkel, the young boy who goes missing in the woods, sets off a chain of events that eventually leads to an exceptionally complicated, and uniquely rewarding, time-travel story. ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 ‘Stranger Things 3’: A Guide to the Major Pop Culture References July 4, 2019 ‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is a Portal to 1985. Here’s What It Sounded Like. July 9, 2019 Many films and TV shows such as “Doctor Who” and “Quantum Leap” get lost in the weeds explaining how the time-travel device works — how it’s taking place, what will be the result if people from different timelines meet. Entire plotlines are dedicated to making sure characters from different timelines do not see or interact with each other, à la “Back to the Future” (one of the many films ....

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