I STAYED UP WAY TOO LATE WATCHING "STRANGER THINGS" ON NETFLIX. If you haven't seen it -- it is a pretty cool show, but scary. No one told me it was scary so that was a big surprise. It is set in 1982, which is fantastic -- I mean I spent one entire episode distracted by the character's Trapper Keeper binder. I wanted one so badly in fourth grade -- you know the one with the horses on the front. It was the coolest and most high tech binder on the market. They were also, if memory serves correctly -- uber expensive.
"Stranger Things" is sort of a "Goonies", meets "Stand by Me" with a little bit of "Poltergeist" thrown in. The Husband, who used to watch tons of horror when he was a kid, watches out of one eye. He says his nerves are shot because he watched too many scary things back in the day. I never watched scary things when I was a kid and hate horror movies to this day, but if it has good plot and good characters -- I can usually put up with some suspense. The soundtrack alone -- all lovely 80s music makes the show worth the scare factor. And wardrobe so completely nailed it. The first time I saw Barb I nearly fainted -- she's a dead ringer style wise for my extraordinarily fashionable foster sister. I think my foster sister owned the exact same sweater that Barb wears in the opening scene. We have three more episodes left, and I'm hoping we watch them tonight. I am REALLY hoping that this show isn't another Lost experience all over again. I really enjoyed Lost when it was on tv but the way it ended -- I'm still bitter over that one. I mean what was that clanking sound? What was the deal with the polar bears? Why did they have to keep pressing that stupid button? What was the smoke monster? I needed things answered and nearly nothing was.
I don't want to age myself, but I may or may not have been in middle school in 1982. It was middle school then, not junior high so I'm not completely ancient. In fact, the year I graduated from 8th grade, we were the first official Middle School graduation. Now, my own daughter is one school year away from middle school herself. I've no idea how that happened so quickly. 8th grade was my very first year in the public school system. I went from the tiniest private school to a school with nearly 400 students. The shear volume of noise blew me away. I came home with a headache every day. It was also the year I rode the bus. I remember very little of those bus rides - other than the fact that I read a book on the bus every day. I would read 1/2 of it on the way to school and the other 1/2 on the way home. I read just about everything in the library that year.
I was trying to remember my favorite tv show in 1982. I know I watched a lot of "Little House on the Prairie", but I don't remember too many prime time shows. I think I watched something called "Two Marriages" because C. Thomas Howell was on it. He was the Bees Knees. My friend Laurie's parents let her by Tiger Beat and C. Thomas was always on the cover -- along with Ralph Macchio. I know we watched "Charlies Angels" and we used to watch "The Rookies" on Saturday mornings -- but that show was already in reruns, I think. Man, did I want to have hair like Jill Danko. Last year I found a dvd set of season one of The Rookies and bought it for my sister. I was kind of disappointed because Jill's hair wasn't really all that long -- I had remembered it differently. I do remember that I thought George Sanford Brown was a hottie -- and he most definitely was! Man we thought that show was so grown up and deep! We thought we were sophisticated for watching it!
I was trying to explain to my kids that back in the olden days, you had to wait for your tv show to be on. "You mean until it got downloaded?" The Girl asked. "No, it was one once a week, and you had to wait for it to be on." "Like when they upload a new season to Netflix?" The Girl couldn't possible comprehend something so crazy. Then I really freaked them out and explained that things were on once -- at a certain time -- and then you could never watch them again. They looked at me with wide terrified eyes. "Gone? Like forever?"
t is amazing all the things that are just within our reach nowadays. I mean it took me 5 seconds to find the pictures of "Two Marriages" (That is the smoking hot C. Thomas Howell leaning against the play structure - isn't he dreamy?) My kids can watch pretty much anything their little hearts desire. They can even watch some old shows that I used to watch -- not that they are interested, but they could. I made them sit through an episode of Little House on the Prairie once. "Why are they dressed like that?" The girl asked. "That one girl is really mean." The Boy commented.
Life has come full circle, I guess. My mom has had me sit through a couple of shows that made me wonder if life was so bleak when she was a kid - this was all the had for entertainment. Poor kids. I guess todays lesson is that someday in the not to distant future -- My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will be the lamest thing on tv. I take comfort in that.