“Stranger Things” Live Video Chat with Dr. Corey Olsen (Signum Series)

Stranger Things is one of the hottest new series on Netflix this year. My wife and I don’t always overlap in tastes, but this show drew us both in. We zoomed through the series in late night sittings, and I honestly can’t wait until my son is old enough to watch it with us. Even Stephen King, the childhood horror version of literary Wheaties for me growing up, thinks Stranger Things is worth some time:


stranger-things-dvdStevie, Kerry and I are not alone in loving this show. It has a Rotten Tomatoes ranking of 95%, and is the 3rd most watched series on Netflix behind Orange is the New Black and, well, I don’t know how to say this: Fuller House.

So it’s obvious that fan quality isn’t everything, there are a few reasons for its massive popularity, I think. The hero–I think she’s a hero though we won’t know until next season–is a scientific experiment gone bad, a young girl we know of as “Eleven” who has significant telekinetic and telepathic powers. The group of friends she makes–an awkward Scooby Gang of preteen losers–are an endearing and awkward set of bumbling prepubescent heroes with a strong sense of morality and loyalty but with very few weapons. The mystery runs through a narrative arc of 8 episodes, and though it was a rushed ending, I was left wanting more.

It isn’t just the tale and the characters, though. The entire show is designed as a second baptism in 1980s popular culture. Set in 1983, the design of the show is brilliant, from its Lucas-Spielberg posters, to its creepy theme song and faux-future lettering, to every little detail of technology, music, and fashion. This thriller is designed for anyone who once played Dungeons & Dragons, collected comic books, saved up their money to see pants-wetting thrillers at the Drive-in, and who read Stephen King with a flashlight underneath E.T. sheets while mom and dad ate Jiffy Pop in front of The Twilight Zone.

elle-sgtranger-things-suitAs part of Signum University’s 2016 Fall Campaign Webathon Dr. Corey Olsen and I hosted a Live Video Session. This informal podcast chat ranged from SF/Fantasy genre mashups to 80s pop culture to character development and empathy. Now it is available for free at the SignumU Youtube channel. Check out the embed below, and let me know what you thought of the series.


About Brenton Dickieson

“A Pilgrim in Narnia” is a blog project in reading and talking about the work of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the worlds they touched. As a "Faith, Fantasy, and Fiction" blog, we cover topics like children’s literature, apologetics and philosophy, myths and mythology, fantasy, theology, cultural critique, art and writing. This blog includes my thoughts as I read through Lewis and Tolkien and reflect on my own life and culture. In this sense, I am a Pilgrim in Narnia--or Middle Earth, or Fairyland. I am often peeking inside of wardrobes, looking for magic bricks in urban alleys, or rooting through yard sale boxes for old rings. If something here captures your imagination, leave a comment, “like” a post, share with your friends, or sign up to receive Narnian Pilgrim posts in your email box. Brenton Dickieson is a father, husband, friend, university lecturer, and freelance writer from Prince Edward Island, Canada. You can follow him on Twitter, @BrentonDana.
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5 Responses to “Stranger Things” Live Video Chat with Dr. Corey Olsen (Signum Series)

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thanks! I’ll hope to throw spoiler-caution to the wind and find/make time to watch it, soon!


  2. wanderwolf says:

    Ah! I still haven’t trusted myself to try it yet.
    But then again, I am also trying to get unaddictd to Netflix and make more time for reading. 🙂


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