10: Stranger Things – Netflix’s Spielbergian Fever Dream

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The sci-fi adventure, Stranger Things, is a new Netflix Original Series and it’s a huge hit. Our hosts unravel the source of the show’s nostalgia and how the vision of the Duffer brothers found a match with Netflix’s ambition. Kyle seeks to define “spielbergian” and traces the trope of kids-on-bikes back to the classic 60s literature of Ray Bradbury and Madeleine L’Engle. Claire describes the making of this 8-episode TV show that feels like a film, and how original content like this fits into Netflix’s plan for the future. They conclude by discussing the show’s truthful portrayal of friendship, its masterful use of nostalgia, and why a scaredy-cat like Claire is glad that she watched.