The OA’s is Netflix’s newest sci-fi mystery series amidst the concepts of supernatural, life after death, other dimensions with a sort of spiritual vibe drizzled on it. Albeit enthralling as the concepts and mystery goes, the first hour leaves you conflicted about the direction show will be heading. You are just left intrigued as the title sequence opens in last 5 minutes of the first episode(you heard it right), to fathom the full depth of this offering. The OA is an Eight- Episode series, created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. It stars Brit Marling in the lead role as Prairie Johnson and ‘The OA’ . All episodes of The OA premiered on Netflix on 16th December 2016.
First episode opens with a cell phone video that has captured a suicidal girl jumping off of a bridge. As she leaps, she whips her head back and we can see her face. The girl is later identified as Prairie Johnson, in the hospital by her parents. Mystery gets deeper as her parents reveal about her 7 years of disappearance, prior to which she was blind but now she can see. Prairie traces the face pattern of her parents and instantly recognizes them. What unfolds afterwards is the slow build up towards the unveil of this mystery, packed with a supernatural vibe. It wraps with Prairie recruiting a small motley crew to execute her plans in quest of reaching the mysterious Homer.
A lot of buzz swirling around about The OA is about its similarity with ‘Stranger Things’, which is not quite how i would put it. It does have that supernatural vibes, but it is definitely a lot bolder even in its folklore realm than the Stranger things. It doesn’t shy away from graphic nudity and a little bit of gore either. The set up of premises of lore is remarkably similar to ‘Stranger Things’ however, where you jump right into the lore in beginning and trace your way back as the story and characters develop to figure out the glaring details of how ever thing works. The show makes it clear it will be dealing with grim tone and backdrops, and its interesting how the cornerstones are build with characters that oozes interesting personalities, keeping things engaging.
Ultimately it boils down to the fact that Episode 1 has a lot to sell, it doesn’t have a satisfying end or complete set up of lore in the first hour. But the question is how convincing is it to lend your faith in the further episodes based on the first hour? I personally was left wanting more and my hands are just itching to press the play button for next episode and binge all of it. Weather the whole season is worth watching depends on the pay-off next few hours, but first episode sure makes up for an immersive experience packed with powerful performances.
The OA is Netflix’s newest offering in it sci-fi mystery realm. The concepts revolve around supernatural things, life after death and other dimensions with a sort of spiritual vibe drizzled on it. Albeit enthralling as the concepts and mystery goes, the first hour leaves you conflicted about the direction show will be heading. You are just left intrigued as the title sequence opens in last 5 minutes of the first episode, to fathom the full depth of this offering.
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