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The mystery, drama, and science fiction series The OA reached the catalog of Netflix, a streaming platform that has stood out among the worshipers of this modality. Along with other popular tv streaming services, as Hulu, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video and Sling TV, it is considered one of the best options in this field of entertainment.
As many viewers left the traditional cable channels programs to explore on demand content, it becomes even a difficulty to select what to watch. But, if you have a streaming device, you must know that the options are almost infinite, you just must make up your mind about what you are looking for in terms of style, duration, and genre before scrolling the remote.
The series reception
Debuted in December 2016, the series was the third collaboration between Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, which both joined Brad Pitt and other creators to form the executive producer’s team of this work. Unfortunately, the first problem of this tv series it is that it had a short lifetime, as in 2019, the public discovered that Netflix opted not to renew its seasons.
With only 16 episodes, The OA have two seasons, and the second and last one was released in 2019. In general, it had a favorable receiving from the critics, being 77% the averaging from the first part and 92% from the last.
But, finally, why to give this series your time if you have not already? Well, here are some reasons to enjoy this special story:
- The series’ directing, visuals and acting quality are differential factors when it comes to the average tv works.
- The plot has a strong and special social critic that not only impact viewers in most of cases, but also builds a delicate look to human nature as it is. One of the strongest scenes discuss armed schools’ violence and the power of younger generation to change the world path. Another prominent issue brought to the surface is the way we treat and see health care in general and specially with people with mental conditions.
- As the world is going through a pandemic, this is a work of art that can be considered a good one if you are looking to reflect on themes as psychology, human condition, mental health, stigma, and collectives’ values.
- The soundtrack does not fall short. For those who appreciate listening to good music, this is a good series option.
- If you have an issue with time management and want to avoid exaggerated time spent in streaming marathons, this is your spot. As the story has a beginning, a middle and a closing, it is an alternative series for those who do not have much time and want to go direct to the point.
- It is an imaginative content, that can reach different public as it touches on spirituality, fantasy, family, relationships, and mystery all at once. Thus, you will not find a movie, tv show of series that seems to this one.
The second season
Brit Marling is the American actress, screenwriter, producer, and director who stars in the entire work, and she teamed up with Zal Batmanglij, director of “The East” (2013) or “The System”, to fertilize this praiseworthy story.
Previously centered on the figure of Prairie or O.A, a character who goes through a near-death episode and is then kidnapped and brutally imprisoned, in this new chapter the script will turn to an enigma whose solution is in a house.
Unlike what the public and the critics might expect, the chain of the second part of the O.A leaves little to be wanted in terms of mystery and the occult. In this part of the story, OA is faced with the need to unmask his former jailer and preserve the lives of his cellmates. However, in the dimension in which they find themselves, they will have unexpected obstacles to gain their freedom: medical authority.
It is through twirls around the stigmatization of neurotypical condition, hyper medicalization and the pathologization of suffering that this season gives space for the other incarnation of O.A (Nina) to be presented to viewers.
The character is involved with Dr. Percy – one of the living personas within Hap, the kidnapper, and this bond is the key to solving the mystery of why several young people seem to be falling ill before a game that aims to open the portal of a secret house. In addition, this youth faces the crisis of postmodernity and loneliness accentuated by the virtualization of affection.
Those who watch it will certainly find themselves coming and going between theories and personal refutations that we tend to create in our heads throughout the eight episodes. Among them, we do not know for sure to distinguish reality from fiction, because the plot suggests that these two layers, at the bottom, are superimposed.
It is something common in non-linear narratives that this type of openness to the creative imagination of the audience and the plot itself. That is, it is up to us to sew a final meaning for what is displayed on the screen. It is participation to democratize the consumption of culture and the subjectivity printed in this process.
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Written By: Erika Yukari