‘The OA’ definitely had some WTF moments that confused fans, but it is an incredible work of science-fiction regardless!
Starring Brit Marling, ‘The OA’ is also co-created by her and screen-writer Zal Batmanglij. Premiering in December 2016, the mystery drama series has elements of fantasy, sci-fi, and the supernatural, and follows a mind-bending story. Keep reading as we discuss what The OA is about and some crazy things that ensued!
- What is ‘The OA’ about?
- Reviewing ‘The OA’: Is it worth watching?
- WTF moments in ‘The OA’
What is ‘The OA’ about?
Brit Marling plays Prairie Johnson, a young woman who returns after disappearing for 7 years. Prairie was initially blind, but upon her return, is able to see. She now calls herself “The OA”, which means “Original Angel”, and refuses to tell the FBI and her adoptive parents about her whereabouts. She doesn’t tell anyone how her eyesight was miraculously restored, and instead, recruits a team of locals to help her. Prairie divulges the secrets to them, elaborates on the story of her life and asks them to help her. She endeavours to save some missing people who can be rescued by opening the portal to another dimension.
As it is, Prairie had spent seven years in an underground bunker, being killed over and over again. The insane Dr Hunter Hap (played by Harry Potter’s Jason Isaacs aka Lucius Malfoy) is Prairie’s captor. He imprisons people in his basement and performs experiments on them. Obsessed with finding out if there’s life after death, he tortures them to induce near-death experiences.
It is during these experiences that Prairie discovers she is the Original Angel and learns about the five cosmic movements. When performed at the same time with the right feeling, the action can open a portal into a different dimension.
Reviewing ‘The OA’: Is it worth watching?
A mind-twisting masterpiece, ‘The OA’ is a television series that transcends predictability and the science-fiction genre. It came as a blessing for science-fiction fans who are looking for creative, imaginative content, far away from the world of witches and vampires, which usually make the cut.
A combination of realism and sci-fi, the series has characters that are distinct and well-developed. Their fears, their stories are what makes the viewer feel so invested in them, it’s hard to look away. Brit Marling’s performance is outstanding, and the soundtrack is perfectly attuned to each scene, adding to the suspense factor.
The Netflix series challenges you to think outside the box as it decodes the greatest mysteries of life. It can be a difficult watch for viewers because the plot is a bit far-fetched and questions everything that is normal. But once the viewer allows the series to guide them through it, they see it for what it is. An intelligent story moulded into an unpredictable series of events that will blow their mind at each twist and turn.
WTF moments in ‘The OA’
There’s no denying that the show is great, but there are only so many crazy moments the viewer can witness. Interdimensional travelling in this series often occurs with no context or explanation and the team discussions are long and slow-paced. In fact, within 5 minutes of the first episode, you’re in 1980s Russia where a young Russian girl jumps into a frozen lake. And it’s all expected to make sense.
Prairie tells everyone she is “The OA” but doesn’t reveal anything else. She expects the world around her to make sense of this information on their own. She is just obsessed with the idea of going back to the bunker to save everyone with the 5 movements.
‘The OA’ builds up mystery and suspense to the 5 movements scene, but when the time comes, it lacks. Seeing Prairie’s team perform the movement dance which has been regarded as “mumbo-jumbo” by fans, makes little sense. It is deemed as a metaphysical movement but it is extremely awkward to watch.
The series certainly had some questionable moments, but ‘The OA’ always found a way to get past them! What do you think of Prairie and her interdimensional adventures? Share your thoughts on the series in the comments below!