Stranger Things (2016– )
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Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers 

At the U.S. Dept. of Energy an unexplained event occurs. Then when a young Dungeons and Dragons playing boy named Will disappears after a night with his friends, his mother Joyce and the town of Hawkins are plunged into darkness.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lonnie Byers (voice)


Something crawls out from an underground lab in the quiet town of Hawkins and kidnaps a local child. The whole town and the child's friends embark in an adventure searching for him. A girl pursued by some shady agents will cross paths with the local kids. Written by kanedasajfar

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15 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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[first lines]
Mike Wheeler: [reading from the playbook] Something is coming. Something hungry for blood. A shadow grows on the wall behind you, swallowing you in darkness. It is almost here.
Will Byers: What is it?
Dustin Henderson: What if it's the Demogorgon? Oh, Jesus, we're so screwed if it's the Demogorgon.
Lucas Sinclair: It's not the Demogorgon.
Mike Wheeler: An army of *troglodytes* charge into the chamber!
[slams down a playing card]
Dustin Henderson: Troglodytes?
Lucas Sinclair: Told ya.
Mike Wheeler: Wait a minute. Did you hear that? That, that sound? Boom boom Boom!
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References Aliens (1986) See more »


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Performed by Trader Horne
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And it begins . . .
26 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had no idea what to expect with "Stranger Things", aside from Marvel-levels of hype. But 'The Vanishing of Will Byers' starts things off on just the right foot. It starts unloading the hat-tips from minute one; Stephen King, John Carpenter, a heaping spoonful of Spielberg. The show's logo and opening theme give you a crystal clear picture of what you're dealing with. Usually, the problem with references is that they can add up, taking over the actual show ("Community", for example), so I'm hoping this isn't the case here, and it's cautious optimism going forward.

But when you get right down to it, this is all about atmosphere, something the Duffer brothers lay on in spades. And it feels like you're seeing something that's actually of the period, not just '80s set dressing. It's not just the hanging of a poster for "The Thing" on the wall, or showing "Knight Rider" on TV. These days, that's saying something. Bottom line, this is an assured debut and has me looking forward to wherever they plan on taking this.


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