Three Shows on Netflix Ranked and Reviewed
- Stranger Things
Brief Synopsis: Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.
What I think: Of course I started watching this show because of all the hype that was around it, but I actually ended up liking it a lot. The way that the characters were introduced as the storyline was building kept me interested, unlike a lot of other shows. There was never a time while watching that I was bored, which rarely happens for me. The character development worked its way throughout the second season as well as the first and, at least for me, made it easier to sympathise and connect with the characters.
What others think: Junior Aleigha Berg liked Stranger Things because she is drawn to supernatural and monster types of entertainment. She thought it was interesting how throughout the story the most popular kids are tied together with the not so popular kids. She use to play dungeons and dragons when she was little so she was really happy with the time setting and plot of the show. Aleigha was also really happy with how raw the emotions were portrayed throughout the series.
- Thirteen Reasons Why
Brief Synopsis: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker — his classmate and crush — who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
What I think: I had read the book a couple years prior to the release of this Netflix series which made me really excited to watch. I liked the way the situation and characters were portrayed in both seasons of Thirteen Reasons Why. I also think the fact that they didn’t hide important issues that are very real is a huge accomplishment for the type of society we live in today, although others may disagree. I found myself rooting for Clay and Hannah which made it even more real once I realized that Hannah can’t and won’t come back. This series really opened my eyes to what really goes on in other people’s lives and how much everyone affects everyone which I hope resonates with others who have watched it.
What others think: Another junior, Rachel Herbst, thought this series was very informative of how much high schoolers can take until they reach their limit. She said it was a bit over dramatic but she realizes there’s good intentions behind it. The plot did a good job of pulling her in, but she doesn’t think Hannahs orchestrated plan for after her death was very realistic. There were parts that were pretty graphic but Rachel believes those scenes are needed to send a message that needs to be discussed. Although there are definitely times where the directors and writers were going for sheer shock, she believes that it wouldn’t be quite as hard hitting if they didn’t make certain scenarios so dramatic.
Brief Synopsis: The quiet little town of Riverdale is turned upside down after it is struck with the mysterious death of Jason Blossom, a popular high school student and member of the most powerful family in town. Archie and his friends explore the struggles of everyday life in a small town while taking on the haunting case of Jason Blossom. In order to solve this mystery, the group of friends must unlock the secrets that lie buried deep beneath the surface of their hometown. Riverdale may not be as innocent as it appears.
What I think: Just like Stranger Things this show is a mystery. The only reason why this show is the lowest on my list is because it’s very hard for me to stay interested for long periods of time. With the other shows I was able to binge for hours but with this one I could only watch one or two episodes at a time and I think it’s because it takes quite a while for the storyline to build. The development of the characters is also very slow, making it harder to connect with them while watching. Connecting with the characters throughout the storyline is an important part of watching shows for me and this series just takes a little too long to do that for me. I will say that once I was able to understand where the characters were coming from it made the show more enjoyable.
What others think: Sophomore Amber Meendering thought Riverdale was very suspenseful and had a lot of action and drama. While watching she never really knew what was going to happen next. She said that there is a lot of problem solving and thinking ahead throughout the series as well. Amber also liked how the good people and bad people came together to solve some mysteries.