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New series starting this Friday (12/16/16) on Netflix called OA.


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Surprise: Netflix announces thriller ‘The OA,’ premiering Friday
By Patrick Ryan, USA Today - Dec. 13, 2016

Your holiday binge-watch schedule just got a little more crowded.

In an unusual strategy, Netflix has announced a new series, The OA, just four days before its Friday premiere. The eight-episode mystery thriller was co-created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, whose previous collaborations explored a modern-day cult (Sound of My Voice) and an underground anarchist group (The East).

The OA appears to mine similarly psychological terrain. Directed by Batmanglij, the show follows a missing blind woman, Prairie Johnson (Marling), who mysteriously returns home after seven years with her sight restored. Refusing to talk to the FBI or her parents, she instead shares her story with a group of teenagers and a high-school algebra teacher, all of whom she recruits for a larger mission.

Phyllis Smith (The Office), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead) and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter) co-star in the Netflix original. Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Sarah Esberg of Plan B Entertainment are executive producers, along with Marling, Batmanglij and Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar (True Detective).

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I hated pretty much everything in the first episode. I may watch one more but if there's not a wild shift in direction I'm done. Not my thing (so far).

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Forgot this thread was here.

The first episode is rather slow but it starts moving along nicely through the next 3, especially episode 3/4. I'm enjoying it and I'm hoping I can finish the last 3 tonight. This show is very binge-inducing, even more so than many other long-form TV shows.
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Wow, episode 5 changed everything and is the best of the series. The end is a WTF moment.

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Wow, episode 5 changed everything and is the best of the series. The end is a WTF moment.
I concur. I was just about to give up on the show until Episode 5. But then it ended and I have more questions than answers...

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I concur. I was just about to give up on the show until Episode 5. But then it ended and I have more questions than answers...
The consensus from critics appears to agree with you, they all say they kind of dropped the ball on the ending.

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The consensus from critics appears to agree with you, they all say they kind of dropped the ball on the ending.
I agree, dropped the ball maybe but definitely dropped the arc.
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So some questions on the ending. I will put it in spoiler tags for those that haven't finished it yet.


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So some questions on the ending. I will put it in spoiler tags for those that haven't finished it yet.


Spoiler!
There are a lot of questions and I think that was part of how this show was created, it was left to the audience to interpret what really happened, this is a hallmark of a lot of Marling and Batmanglij's work, to say there's a lot of ambiguity would be an understatement.

I really enjoyed it, I'm not that concerned as to what really happened as the presentation was excellent. The delivering of a story within a story and how it was told along with the individual character development was what I really liked about the series, at the end, I felt as if I really knew these characters much better than I did in the beginning, getting hard answers was secondary.

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There are a lot of questions and I think that was part of how this show was created, it was left to the audience to interpret what really happened, this is a hallmark of a lot of Marling and Batmanglij's work, to say there's a lot of ambiguity would be an understatement.

I really enjoyed it, I'm not that concerned as to what really happened as the presentation was excellent. The delivering of a story within a story and how it was told along with the individual character development was what I really liked about the series, at the end, I felt as if I really knew these characters much better than I did in the beginning, getting hard answers was secondary.
I agree with all of your comments. I too really enjoyed it. Everything was left as a question.

Edit: I do want to add the biggest problem with the show is the incident at the end. It just seems out of place with everything else and has a completely different tone. We were in a fantasy though somewhat realistic depiction of the 5 with the title character weaving a tale that may or may not be true. All of a sudden, we are in a much more gritty situation and the fantasy intrudes upon it without us really knowing what, if any, effect it has. And then we are left there. It is more of a tonal jolt than twist and makes the finale seem forced or not true to the previous shows. It still has me thinking but my initial reaction to it was negative although I've been more thoughtful about it as it seems to tie up a circle with the events we started from.
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There are a lot of questions and I think that was part of how this show was created, it was left to the audience to interpret what really happened, this is a hallmark of a lot of Marling and Batmanglij's work, to say there's a lot of ambiguity would be an understatement.

I really enjoyed it, I'm not that concerned as to what really happened as the presentation was excellent. The delivering of a story within a story and how it was told along with the individual character development was what I really liked about the series, at the end, I felt as if I really knew these characters much better than I did in the beginning, getting hard answers was secondary.

Spoiler!
I like your idea about the FBI guy, never thought of that, but I agree now that I think about it, especially what he said to him.

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Some of this may be repeated but I thought I would put it all one place:


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So did I. In fact, I'm 99% certain of it.
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Wow, the online reviews are really polarized for this show! They either really like it or hate it. I don't understand the hate honestly from some of the reviews. Yes, the ending felt out of place (and even silly some might say). Also, they could have developed some of the characters a bit better certainly (like showing the motivations for her 5 following her, for example).

Even so, I thought the "is it true or isn't it" part of the show was really fascinating, and most of the flashback scenes were tension filled. Watching the season, I felt it was something a bit different than just about anything I have seen, and it was thought provoking at times.

I definitely enjoyed the season for sure.

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These Netflix originals seem to be 2-3 eps to long. They would be better served to reduce number of eps with less filler content. They should also keep them to one season for the same reason.

Stranger things lost me around eps 4-5 and The OA stalled around eps 4 but I pressed on and finished it.

When I look for something to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime the length of the series is always a factor.
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These Netflix originals seem to be 2-3 eps to long. They would be better served to reduce number of eps with less filler content. They should also keep them to one season for the same reason.

Stranger things lost me around eps 4-5 and The OA stalled around eps 4 but I pressed on and finished it.

When I look for something to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime the length of the series is always a factor.
I don't feel this way at all. 8 is the bare minimum I would usually want, and I often want more. Any other Network TV series has bad episodes throughout. If a particular episode is accomplishing nothing, then of course I would agree it isn't needed. But Netflix series are among the best series I watch nowadays, and I want more, not less :-)
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Some Thoughts ... :

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Anyone know if they plan a season 2?

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Any preference on viewing Netflix. I can watch on Roku, Comcast or Apple TV. Have not figured out what's the best.
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Spoiler!

Anyone know if they plan a season 2?
It hasn't been renewed yet but the creators have a second season in mind. All of the things you mention are unanswered questions that I would like to know the answer to.

http://www.popsugar.com/entertainmen...son-2-42870736

Interesting article about clues here:

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and here:

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Yeah count me among those who were rather disappointed, not just with the end but questionable plot elements, and..............those stupid movements seriously WTF were they thinking. I probably won't bother with the second season if that ever makes it. YMMV.
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So this is basically just a re-hash of Donnie Darko. Meh, is my response to the ending in particular.
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So this is basically just a re-hash of Donnie Darko. Meh, is my response to the ending in particular.
Interesting. My teenage son and I watched Donnie Darko right before Xmas. I just finished The OA, and never once thought it was like Donnie Darko.

I can see why it's not for everyone, but I'm with Keenan. I quite enjoyed it. While I would not call this magical realism, I can't help but feel the shows creators were perhaps influenced by it. I'm OK if things were left unanswered because for me, the series was an exploration of human psyche through a fantastical notion of spirituality and the telling of a tale that comes from someone who should have always been seen as an unreliable narrator. Trauma victims often are (though no fault of their own).
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I finally got around to watching this. First four episodes had me intrigued, but after that it was downhill for me. I thought the ending was absurd and unsatisfying.

I didn't see any comments on the quality of the streaming experience. This show is 4K HDR, but was one of the darkest, dreariest, and washed-out streaming videos I have ever seen. For me, it detracted from the enjoyment. Other UHD/HDR shows on Netflix and Amazon have been better. I wonder if it was done this way on purpose? I was disappointed.

Overall, I gave the show two stars.
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Brit Marling’s ethereal series The OA is the year’s first sleeper hit. Which is funny, given that a few years ago, it likely never would have gotten made.
By Katrina Onstad, Vulture.com - Jan. 23, 2016

One summer, when Brit Marling was a kid at camp in Wisconsin, she told ghost stories late at night to the girls in her cabin. At first, everybody loved this. But after a few nights, something changed. “I think things were just percolating in everybody’s imaginations,” says Marling. The camp called her parents and said they had to pick her up; her ghost stories were freaking people out. Clearly the form of her stories (bunk-bed broadcast) didn’t match up with the content (Marling’s uncanny conjurings).

Until recently, a variation of this problem marked Marling’s career. As a screenwriter and actor, she’s created several widely praised but little-seen indie films, such as 2011’s Another Earth and 2013’s The East. Then, with almost zero fanfare just before Christmas, Netflix released The OA, an eight-part series starring Marling that she co-wrote with director and creative partner Zal Batmanglij. This zigzagging tale of a traumatized survivor of a near-death experience and a mysterious abduction quickly became the latest riddle-me-this series to cause an online frenzy. An unreliable narrator and episodes of varying length add up to something that’s not quite episodic TV and not quite film; Marling equates it to a novel, considering it a new form for a new kind of TV. “The OA couldn’t have existed three years ago,” she says.

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I loved this show - it was different... unconventional, the type of content we need more of, so I applaud Netflix for picking this up. It took me a few episodes to get into it, as I really disliked the Steve Winchell - his character was such a generic "angry, confused teenager lashing out at the world" role that a million other shows have done. Once I got over that hump, I enjoyed pretty much every other aspect of the story including the ending (I like how it anchors mysticism with an element of reality).

I also understand why this show was released with very little fanfare - you can't really predict what the audience reaction will be, and I understand why some people don't like it.
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