anyway, over fall break Patti and I watched it while we knitted. I was prepared for creepy-ness and nostalgia. there was a good amount of both, but thankfully not so much of either that it felt over-saturated. the suspense and monsters were not too gory, heavy-handed, or in-anyone's-face. all the 80s-movies references were subtle enough to not feel stupid.
it lived up to some of the hype, but not all of it. there were plot holes and unexplained bits, and I was quite disappointed by the way things ended for our mysterious heroine. others have written more attentive, more detailed things about the show's treatment of its female characters and on the show's manic-pixie-dream-girl-itis.
those things I didn't like are pretty major. but the rest of my review here is gonna be a list of things I did like. here we go:
- there are only 8 episodes. short is good.
- all the characters we got to follow added variety--the kids had a plot, the teenagers had a plot, the grown-ups had a plot. and all the plots came together eventually, balanced nicely.
- it's set in rural Indiana, and I had fun recognizing the symbol from the Indiana flag on the police officers' sleeves.
- the overall vibe was well done, all chill, shadowy, autumnal, balancing haunted and homey. at times it felt more like a fairytale than an 80s-themed sci-fi suspense thing.
it was worth watching, and I have no regrets. thanks for watching it with me, friend Patti.
other friends who may not have seen it yet: you'll probably like it too.