The OA premiered on Netflix just over ten days ago, and within a day of its release there was a buzz on the internet. I didn’t seem there was any marketing prior to this outside of a trailer released only a few days prior. The series was created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who had previously collaborated on the film Sound of my Voice. Brit Marling also plays the lead role of the character the ‘OA’. In true Netflix fashion, I binged this show in a few days. The first episode peaked my interest, however I was unsure if it was going to be brilliant or terrible. As the episode progressed, I became hooked, desperately wanting to know more, to unravel the confusing sub plot. The show commenced with the main character, the OA, or Prairie, who was previously blind, waking a hospital bed after at attempted suicide, and subsequently, had miraculously re-gained her eye sight. Her parents quickly attended the hospital to pick her up, where it is revealed that she had been missing for the last seven years. Upon returning to her home town, she enlisted a group of five people – four teenagers and a high school teacher, claiming she needed their help. This group then met in an abandoned house each night, allowing Prairie to retell her life story and we, the audience, slowly piece together her story up to that point.
The show delved in to a number of supernatural themes that revolved around the concept of near death experiences. Each episode left the viewer wanting even more answers as critical points of Prairie’s story are revealed. Unfortunately, the season finale was a significant letdown, and only left the viewer with even more questions, in particular, how a second season could adequately answer them. The nature of this show means I cannot reveal any plot points without divulging essential spoilers, but if you enjoyed Stranger Things, you may enjoy this.
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