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Secretly said, out loud, while watching the first episode…
NONOnoNO! Don’t go into the dimly lit elevator! :::manly short scream::: … oh no… :::hitting pause on the remote::: have to go pee now.
Truth be told I said some variation of “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into…” a number of times like:
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into riding your bike down the road, alone, on a cool autumnal night!”
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into the SHED; there’s no other way out!”
- “NONOnoNO! BARB!! Girl, what are you thinking with that blouse! And just tell older sister princess you love her already!”
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go dripping blood into the pool with a cut finger!”
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into the quarantine area with floating ick, a glowing wall membrane, and no lighting!”
- “That suited up blue lighted face dude ain’t coming back … See… told you.”
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into the gaping growling wet YUCK in the tree!”
- “NONOnoNO! Don’t go into the water tank with your space gear on!”
And a bonus “out loud” thing that was said near the end of the series:
“Yeah, I’m not buying all this comfy cozy Christmas crap, somethin’ freaky ’bout to hap… SEEE! Upside Down worm babies!”
It seemed liked every character on the show had no clue as to where NOT to go, and smoked. Lots of cigarettes. OH and I sincerely wanted to wash Winona’s hair and cut the villain dude’s hair.
Started watching the newest Netflix hit Stranger Things Sunday night. Watched four episodes then and the other four last night (8 total.) Set in the ’80’s it is a movie mashup of Goonies, meets Poltergeist, meets Firestarter, meets Alien, and a dash of X-files. Throw in the love-child of The Elemental: Forest God and evil tooth fairies from Hell Boy II along with the blood fields from the remake of the War of The Worlds, and you have Stranger Things.
For me, I loved the overall themes of friendship, loyalty, maturation and the reality of parallel dimensions <–heh :). Well they ARE real aren’t they?! My favorite characters were all of them. I don’t think I disliked any of them. Each character was true to their role, very well done. The setting, costumes, hair, big hair, big big bigger hair, everything was perfect for the time. A couple of times the dialog left me wanting to slap a writer, but overall, loved the whole thing.
Of course, my favorite of the favorites was 011 or “El.” I love that she was androgynous and perfectly played as such. She was beautiful and a blank slate for the viewer to not immediately feel frightened about, and then to be totally shocked by. Yes, we learn quickly, that you do not want to upset her or parts of you will break, your brain melt, or you will be flung across expanses violently. That said, she has a great heart and gorgeous eyes. This role should land that young actress some awards and future acting gigs.
I love symbolism. I might be imposing a narrative here so take this with a grain of salt. But, the symbolic nature of the two surviving children who were abducted and abused, the two children hurt and terrorized by the Upside Down monster, is what has stayed with me. Neither of them asked for the trauma that happened to them. Both of them experienced a death to their sense of self, and both were transformed as a result of their experience. However, El fought for and regained her power to go on to become who she truly is, a hero. While the other victim, Will, (while rescued) is still suffering the negative consequences of his experience and we are left to wonder if he will now become the next “monster.”
Remember, I am into symbolism, the reason I think he might become the next monster is because Christmas lights/lighting flashing erratically always indicated the “Upside Down” was near. At the end of the movie, all the Christmas lights/lights were on without flickering. Yes, it seems normal… but is it? Are they not flickering because the upside down is now right side up?… because it is now living in the boy?
And for that unnerving conspiratorial thought, you’re welcome.
So, the biggest “lesson” I take away from the story, is that one should not pass on shot-gunning beers while wearing blouses like Barb’s. Just kidding. The biggest takeaway for me is the reminder that we are all hurt, abused, fearful, scared, not aware of our talent and self from time to time. With the help of friends (new and old), we can face down that which scares us, learn, and become who we truly are. We do not have to allow some other monstrous entity to impose its will on us to become something we are not.
Also, friends don’t lie. They always tell the truth.
I choose to confront what is “Upside Down,” love and be loyal to friends, and live in the gifts and power I was Created to have. Yay El!
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