Everyone went nuts over Stranger Things, and now nobody is going nuts over The Get Down. I guess that makes sense to me, even if I happen to like The Get Down more. Stranger Things speaks to anybody who grew up in the 80’s or grew up on 80’s pop culture. The Get Down speaks to anybody who loves the world of hip hop, loves rap music, and who considers recent American history through a more substantive lens than “nostalgia.” (Let’s face it, Stranger Things is set in the 1980’s solely because the Duffer brothers are totally keen to show off how much 80’s shit they love.)
Anyways, this is a very longwinded and salty way of bringing up the fact that my reviews for The Get Down have begun going up at Paste Magazine, beginning with my overview of the first two episodes. (Since this is a Netflix series, I’ll be tackling its episodes two at a time, and since the first season of The Get Down is being split into two halves, that means I’ll only produce three pieces on it for the time being, and three more once the second half is available.)
It’s also a longwinded and salty way of saying that I believe very strongly in The Get Down and am invested in getting more people to watch it. It’s the best historical examination-cum-origin story made in the modern crop of film and television.