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Netflix’s original retro-themed sci-fi series Stranger Things has become a full-on cultural phenomenon. The show’s child-aged characters were a popular choice of Halloween costume this year and fans have taken to the Internet with fan fiction, speculations, and meticulous citations of the show’s numerous references to 1980’s horror and sci-fi films, secret CIA experiments, and urban legends. To make the show even more intriguing, a series of leaked emails from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) that the show’s references to top-secret backroom government experiments might be closer to reality than previously thought.

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