That desire for a grand adventure, for purpose and meaning, isn’t limited to gen X nostalgia, and that’s why the show isn’t just an inside joke. Millennials in particular often cite a desire to be part of something bigger than themselves as part of their attraction to the arcana of traditional Christian worship. Stranger Things appreciates that longing—and its flipside. Season 1 acknowledges the presence of another world. It also acknowledges just how dangerous it can be to imagine we might control it.
Read the whole thing at US Catholic: http://www.uscatholic.org/articles/201610/familiar-things-30755