Thursday, November 30, 2017

For the Love of Steve

Ah. Television. As someone who desires a career in TV and film, I really invest in the shows I choose to watch. If I cannot fully commit to the series, I will not watch it. I observe the acting, really analyze the plot, and fall in love with the characters.

Steve Harrington in particular.

For those who know me, I am a HUGE Stranger Things fan. For those who do not know me, I am a HUGE Stranger Things fan. Now that we are all on the same page, I digress. I admire this show for many reasons. The exposition is phenomenal and exciting. I find myself wanting to know more and more about each character's past. The plot is thrilling and definitely throws some twists at the viewers. The actors, especially the young ones, truly seem to understand their characters and allow for development throughout the series.

Steve Harrington in particular.

The classic, predictable, handsome jock who falls in love with the "goody two-shoes" girl is a story line we have all seen before. Yawn. Yet, there is more to Mr. Harrington than meets the eye. Although it seems he just wants Nancy to party and hook up with him in season one, we soon discover that is not his true intention. He really does care about her. His asshole moves towards Nancy's other love interest- Jonathan Byers- are motivated by his strong feelings of admiration and protection for her. AND he realizes and admits he was wrong: fighting with his own friends to defend Nancy, and even going to Jonathan's house to apologize. How many times do we see this type of character arc in television shows? Not often. The icing on top of the cake is when he comes back to fight the demogorgon and buy Jonathan a new camera.

Season two gets even better when it comes to Steve. His love and care for Nancy are still evident despite his knowledge that the feelings are no longer mutual. He continues to fight the battle even though there is nothing in it for him. He protects and helps her younger brother and friends, putting his own life at risk.  He also develops this adorable parental-like behavior to the younger characters. The season concludes with the transformation of his "king of Hawkin's" stigma to a loving and caring older brother type.

Stranger Things is not overrated. Watch it not only for the Sci-Fi exhilaration, but for the evolution of the characters and plot line as well. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Til next time,


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