"The OA" is one of the most significant shows of the year simply because Marling and Batmanglij barrel through so many boundaries, stretch their combined imaginations so far and challenge the shopworn precepts of what is supposed to make an acceptable television series.
It’s earnest, self-serious, steeped in spiritual mythology and sci-fi-ish notions about time-jumping and dimension hopping, and heavily focused on the sort of puzzle-solving mystery that lights up Reddit message boards. While watching, I was entranced at times. At others, I thought I was watching the most ridiculous show on TV. Occasionally, I felt both of these feelings simultaneously.
this is the BEST show of all time. ive had two babies & spent tons of time pregnant & breastfeeding watching shows, & this one is truly one of the best. watch & rewatch. absolutely still cannot believe it was cancelled. if anyone is interested, all of Brit Marling’s movies are amazing as well.
I have to give Marling and Batmanglij credit: I don’t usually have much patience for humorless, convoluted hooey like this, but their narrative pacing, and some of the performances ... are enthusiastically committed and effective.
It is, on some level, more than enough that "The OA" tries so hard and with such sincerity. "The OA" is fascinating and adventurous, both with formal limitations like episode runtime and narrative experimentation. ... But "The OA" is offering a story that cannot be thought about too deeply without falling quickly to pieces.
Ambitious and inspirational. It begins with promise that can't possibly be deliverred. And then it promises more. The mysteries are greater than the answers could have been. The form of it alone is enough. The ideas alone are enough. The visuals alone are enough. It's more than a show, it's a new map for what tv can be. I hope this show is rememberred most for the ambitious TV writing it inspires.
So slow and dry! Even though it did manage to keep my interest, when I found out, much to my surprise, that a second season had come out, I couldn't bring myself to watch it, because I just couldn't imagine it would pay off. The reviewer who points out that all these 10/10 reviews are fake is completely correct. Go look. They were all in the same 2 month span and didn't review anything else!
Most reviews here are fake. Open any profile and they only have 1 or 2 reviews. Both for seasons of this show. As for the show, it is a complete cringefest that doesn't go anywhere with it's story and has no ending.
This show gives Netflix's "Another Life" a run for the money in the Worst Show Ever category. Seriously - if these are the productions being funded by Netflix today, sell your shares and run for the hills. Better yet, go short. As usual with turds, the series starts out with promise, and you can't help but feel there is something substantial in the plot. An episode or two in and sheer nonsensical lunacy of the writing becomes apparent. This series starts with intrigue but then shortly thereafter, the brakes come off and it begins to go downhill... slowly at first and then whoosh! The earth drops out and we're off the cliff and hurtling into the abyss. Stereotypical, boring, slow and getting more and more moronic by the episode. AVOID!!!