How it was told
Stranger Things is the talk of the streaming service town at the moment with its Eighties-infused tales of parallel universes and monsters that can only be toppled by puberty-stricken kids.
The show’s story of a dark mirror world is nothing new – The Twilight Zone was mooting this idea in the Sixties while sci-fi cult heavyweight Star Trek also went there with a parallel universe where, wait for it, Spock had a goatee.
It can be little coincidence, then, that as Stranger Things season three rolls around a story surfaces about scientists searching for a portal to a parallel universe. You know, kind of like the one that the Russians are trying to open with a very powerful electric beam in the opening scene of the new series.
But alas, after NBC reported the story, it spread through UK media.
First to The Independent, which held off until paragraph four before referencing the Netflix behemoth, in “Scientists attempting to open portal to a parallel universe”.
Other titles didn’t exercise the same restraint. The Sun went for “STRANGER THAN FICTION. Scientists bid to open portal to Stranger Things parallel universe mirroring real life” while the Daily Mirror opted for the slightly on-the-nose: “Scientists are trying to open a portal to a Stranger Things-style MIRRORVERSE”.