With the #SaveOA trend gaining momentum and ‘The OA’ fans raging against Netflix, many wonder if ‘The OA’ is even worth a watch. Let’s take a look.
‘The OA’ has a very distinct kind of fan base. Either the viewers totally admire the show, or there are the haters who’d suffer panic attacks if you force them into watching ‘The OA’. This has put new viewers into a new age Netflix dilemma. Is Netflix’s ‘The OA’ even worth a watch or should you avoid watching it just like tens of other such Netflix shows?
Well, there is no one-word answer to this question. ‘The OA’ is an extremely polarizing show. The ones who love it and the ones who despise it are both correct in their perception of the show. Thus, you should dig deeper with us to figure out if ‘The OA’s’ popularity deserves your time over other shows.
- Is ‘The OA’ worth watching?
- Stranger than the ‘Stranger Things’
- What do the fans/haters say about ‘The OA’?
Is ‘The OA’ worth watching?
‘The OA’ is an American mystery drama TV series with science fiction, supernatural, and fantasy elements. Created and executively produced by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, ‘The OA’ Season 1 debuted on Netflix in December of 2016 with eight stunning episodes. After several months of season 1, Netflix renewed season 2, aka ‘Part II’, in February 2017.
The second season of the show took 2 years to hit the screens; it premiered in March 2019. Even though the show was initially planned to run for 5 seasons, Netflix cancelled the show in August 2019 only after 2 seasons. This raised various questions on the popularity of ‘The OA’, and whether this Netflix show was worth further seasons or not.
For both the seasons, ‘The OA’ received favourable reviews. Season 1/Part I of ‘The OA’ was rated at 77% on Rotten Tomatoes. With season 2, the Rotten Tomatoes rating of 92% suggests that things got better for ‘The OA’. And yet, it was cancelled.
Is it stranger than the ‘Stranger Things’?
‘The OA’ has received the privilege of being compared to ‘Stranger Things‘ often due to its mysterious and supernatural nature.
‘The OA’ revolves around Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a young woman who miraculously reappears after missing for 7 years. After returning, Prairie calls herself “The OA” i.e. Original Angel, and that’s how the show receives its name.
Prairie was blind before she went missing, but as we said – miraculously – she could see now. Where she went, what happened, how she got her eyesight back, everything remains a mystery that slowly unfolds keeping the viewers on the edge of their seats.
These mysterious elements work either as a constant hook for the viewers, or an annoying recurring phenomenon that keeps messing things up for no reason.
Regardless of the polarizing admiration for ‘The OA’ and its popularity, no one can deny the fact that ‘The OA’ is one of the most gorgeously shot Netflix Original. Every aspect, be it the BGM, cinematography, acting, or the plot, worked breathtakingly in tune with the mysterious nature of ‘The OA’. The show only gets better with every episode.
However, many viewers hold the view that ‘Part – I’ was beautifully sufficient on its own. While ‘Part – II’ of ‘The OA’ was equally worth it, Netflix ending it on a cliffhanger and then cancelling the show kind of ruined the experience for many fans.
What do fans/haters say about ‘The OA’?
‘The OA’ either had fans who couldn’t stop raving about the show, or viewers who couldn’t stand watching the show, and both these reactions are reasonable.
“Yes because it’s beautiful and amazing and the more fans it gains the more chance of it being renewed. I don’t regret a second of it. You will love it.”
Another fan “maidofmatter” commented:
“It’s gorgeous and strange – think of it like a fairytale or a myth set in the modern-day.”
One user “84theone” gave the response that defines this show:
“I would hesitate to recommend it without knowing what kind of stuff you typically watch.”
Then there are the somewhat reasonable haters – “iamdense”:
“No, it’s the worst show I’ve ever watched by a large margin!…. God, it was so fucking boring, I get pissed at just the mention of the name.”
So, whether Netflix’s ‘The OA’ is worth watching or not depends on your appetite for supernatural and mysterious content. However, if you can stand some of the logic these kinds of sci-fi shows introduce, you are surely in for a treat.
Let us know if you’ve seen the show and whether you’d recommend it for others as well. Leave your comments in the box below.