So this is excited because it's the first thing that I'm covering with Maggie where she's the unspoiled one and I'm leading the way. I am psyched that this is the show where the roles are reversed, because lemme tell you if I had to wait to watch the next one, I would lose my damn mind. I had to wait to watch the final episode because Owen came home, and even that has been killing me! But Maggie has the same reaction that many people of our generation have when we're faced with movies that are not only set in the years of our childhoods, but are also actively paying homage to many of the tropes, imagery, and music of other films of the era; nostalgia and excitement.
That's not to say that this show is just a nostalgia piece. I make a reference to Turbo Kid in this episode, a film that was so heavy-handed in its nostalgia that it was impossible for me to get past it, and which seemed to lean on the imagery and generational inside jokes as a bit of a crutch. Stranger Things, in my opinion, doesn't do that at all. As I think Maggie will see later on, there's actually a million good reasons why this particular story wouldn't work that well in a modern setting, and I feel like the choice to set it all in the past wasn't so much an attempt to tap into a market as it was a conscious writing choice to make the plot feel believable.
In any case, I really really hope that you enjoy this first episode, and if you did, please do whatever you can to help us reach our goal! Thanks so much, you guys!