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    Many many thanks to all of you for recommending this series!

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    It was by far the best thing on tv in a long long time.
    I havent watched something this addicting since Fringe...

    WHERE IS SEASON TWO?!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladysai View Post
    WHERE IS SEASON TWO?!?!

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    Thanks for the video link!

    I dont understand what advantage there is in keeping the focus on S1...

    those great kids arent getting any younger...
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    I have a question that I've been thinking about and can't really answer. What is it about this show that makes it so ... great? I feel that there's something rare and special about it, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Thoughts?

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    Tough question. It’s firing on all cylinders with acting, writing, sound, setting, music, etc.--all the normal required stuff. But I agree, there still seems to be more to it.

    Something about the camaraderie of the kids recalls the film Stand by Me and its source story, and I don’t see much of that stuff around anymore--it was great seeing it done so well. King’s line comes to mind, “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, did you?” I might just be watching the wrong stuff, but it seems most coming-of-age today focuses on teenage romance or innate, developing powers and not actual friendships.
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    I think it might also plays on our nostalgia for those of us that grew up in that era. Not to mention all the nods to some of our best loved films.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post
    I think it might also plays on our nostalgia for those of us that grew up in that era. Not to mention all the nods to some of our best loved films.
    That's primarily what endeared me to the show. The nostalgia. Of course, it wouldn't have worked without the great writing, acting and directing, etc. which was all top notch. And of course the music. I made a playlist of it all from that YouTube video.

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    To me, the appeal is found in everything already stated above, but its also the fantastic actors they found to play the kids' parts. Their performances are so on point...they seem to truly be a group of suburban friends growing up in the 80s.
    The magic of the series is likely a combination of talents of everyone involved in the production, but those kids just shine.
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    I don't think it's nostalgia per se, but more the authenticity of it. It looks like a lost treasure that was filmed in the '80s and remained unreleased till now.

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    Love love love this show!!!! It does have that stand my me friendship feel to it.

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    Just finished it. What an amazing show! I absolutely adore how it's filled with homage to so many different things, and yet overall, the story itself is refreshingly original. It's not a sequel or a reboot. It's not based on a comic or a film. It's completely its own thing, and yet the creators (who just seemed to come out nowhere!) have created a series that seems to be becoming massively popular. That is so refreshing to see in this day and age.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorDodge View Post
    Just finished it. What an amazing show! I absolutely adore how it's filled with homage to so many different things, and yet overall, the story itself is refreshingly original. It's not a sequel or a reboot. It's not based on a comic or a film. It's completely its own thing, and yet the creators (who just seemed to come out nowhere!) have created a series that seems to be becoming massively popular. That is so refreshing to see in this day and age.
    Well said! I get so tired of the same shit over again, and while this had the retro flair, it was so vastly different. We finished it last night and both loved it. Now the tough part - when does season 2 become available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnemec View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorDodge View Post
    Just finished it. What an amazing show! I absolutely adore how it's filled with homage to so many different things, and yet overall, the story itself is refreshingly original. It's not a sequel or a reboot. It's not based on a comic or a film. It's completely its own thing, and yet the creators (who just seemed to come out nowhere!) have created a series that seems to be becoming massively popular. That is so refreshing to see in this day and age.
    Well said! I get so tired of the same shit over again, and while this had the retro flair, it was so vastly different. We finished it last night and both loved it. Now the tough part - when does season 2 become available?
    They haven't written it yet, so it'll be a while. I'm watching it a second time, one episode each morning while I exercise, in preparation for doing a tag-team conversational review with Hank Wagner for Dead Reckonings.

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    I loved this! It was fun and nostalgic and scary. It ended perfectly, I don't wAnt another season unless it's perfect like this one! I'm afraid that another season will ruin it somehow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post
    I think it might also plays on our nostalgia for those of us that grew up in that era. Not to mention all the nods to some of our best loved films.
    Well - I did not grow up in that era (missed it by a decade, and even if I hadn't, my everything would have been totally different). As far as the best loved films, I was really really bored by most of those mentioned in this thread.

    But I loved loved loved the series, and totally agree with Shannon on there being something rare and special about it. For me it might be this:
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    Something about the camaraderie of the kids recalls the film Stand by Me and its source story, and I don’t see much of that stuff around anymore--it was great seeing it done so well. King’s line comes to mind, “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, did you?” I might just be watching the wrong stuff, but it seems most coming-of-age today focuses on teenage romance or innate, developing powers and not actual friendships.
    Agree with every word, and can't thank the creators of the series enough for actually making it happen - not only conceiving of a story consisting of basic truths and essential values, but giving it flesh, bringing it to life with magnificent storytelling, superb directing, and cast which - I have no words to begin to describe how awesome it is.

    It is pure delight to watch, and it's so - which would be the correct word? tight? - not a word, not a wink goes astray, everything hits the mark.

    And oh so King-ish! A perfect ka-tet of "losers", and observation that kids and adults live in worlds that don't cross - for ages those three age-based groups of people (kids, two teens and two grown-ups) fought each their own fight, without ever thinking that it was possible to join forces with someone, to get help, hell, just to be understood and believed! Each in their own private world, whose boundaries are firmly defined by their age - thus when finally they did get together, it was such a great moment in the film, one of its many many tops.

    Funny at times, and sweet in that sad nostalgic way, and honest in a way that seems long-forgotten: reminding that good is good and bad is bad, and the time might come when one must stand and be true, and one doesn't give up on those one loves, and friends don't lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glam Princess View Post
    I loved this! It was fun and nostalgic and scary. It ended perfectly, I don't wAnt another season unless it's perfect like this one! I'm afraid that another season will ruin it somehow.
    Nooooooo!!! I want Eleven back!!! I am absolutely crazy about her, and I want her back!!

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    I enjoyed it, and it certainly hit a nostalgia sweet spot. That being said, I did feel that towards the end it lost a lot of its impact. The upside down was very disappointing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
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    I loved this! It was fun and nostalgic and scary. It ended perfectly, I don't wAnt another season unless it's perfect like this one! I'm afraid that another season will ruin it somehow.
    Nooooooo!!! I want Eleven back!!! I am absolutely crazy about her, and I want her back!!
    i do to, but it was so perfect, i am fearful that another season will ruin things.

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    I've watched the first two episodes, and I am enjoying it so far. I'm not head over heels excited about it yet though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Br!an View Post
    I've watched the first two episodes, and I am enjoying it so far. I'm not head over heels exited about it yet though.
    I didn't fall in love until the 3rd episode. Just wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnemec View Post
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    I've watched the first two episodes, and I am enjoying it so far. I'm not head over heels excited about it yet though.
    I didn't fall in love until the 3rd episode. Just wait.
    The third episode did it. Wow!
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    I can't boil the success of ST down to one thing, but something that stood out in ST as well as Super 8 was that so much of it was told through
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    As far as the whole "pre-hormone" thing goes, in both ST and S8, there is a bit of interest in the opposite sex, but it manifests in ways that show that girls are still a source of mystery with a magical nature all their own (in ST, Mike has a bit of a thing for Eleven and there is one quick kiss; in S8, I think Joe and possibly the other boys eventually learned to look at Alice like she was magical after starting out thinking of her as just another one of the gang) and not quite yet the subject of more concrete and practical plans on the part of boys everywhere.


    In a general sense, it's interesting to see how filmmakers (I include TV) present material that is at all fantastic (portraying the impossible or unreal). You can present it coldly and simply bludgeon people over the head with it (the Nolan Batman movies did this very well), or you can try to subtly finesse it in somehow (two of my favorites are M. Night Shyamalan's Signs and Lady In The Water). The use of
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    as a vehicle in ST and S8, I think, can be a great way to do this, very ripe for this kind of story (when done well, of course, as was the case in both).
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Troy View Post
    SOME SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVEN'T YET SEEN THE WHOLE SERIES:
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    Please use the spoiler tags, my friend.

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