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Stranger Things (season one)

I've watched the entire series. Goonies crossed with ET is how I'd describe it. And I'd say the 80s nostalgia it is going for is 80s movies. The opening title sequence alone oozes 80s in design, and has faux aging effects to let you know this is supposed to be some 1980s thing that you missed watching then.

The story is fine. Nothing great, but not too lazy either. Episodes are not fixed length and vary by fifteen to twenty minutes. Some of them have very long cold openings -- at least one was seven minutes. Both of those things are possible because of the designed for streaming nature of the story. There's no need to stretch a thin episode or trim a packed one, just play it out as needed.

Five Cronenberg portals out of eight. I thought the bear trap was an amusing touch.