The OA (2016 – )
Unrated / 1h / Drama, Sci Fi
We all died more times than I can count.
In my fashion, I aim to express without spoiling but that will be a challenge here, as this series drew me in and let me down so significantly. I was initially attracted to this because the internet told me to be, but I lost interest by episode two. Then my husband watched half of it and he texted me This is so weird, you’re gonna love it. So I gave it another shot.
By natural curiosity, I am interested in the afterlife. This show centers around those that have died and come back, labeled Near Death Experience survivors. It pictures a place that isn’t quite the afterlife, isn’t quite purgatory, where these people travel and are able to choose to come back. It isn’t explained very well, a common theme in the entire 8 episode line up, but sometimes that has value when the watcher is intelligent enough to draw their own conclusions. I appreciate these instances and took advantage of them but I still longed for a good, developed story as this truly deserved.
The journey peaked for me at the end of episode 5, Paradise. I perused some other reviews and there are many of you complaining about my personal favorite part: the five movements. What’s wrong with yall?? Have you ever practiced yoga? The relationship between the breath and movement is so powerful and watching two (or more) people move in unison and hearing their breath brought me to my knees. I’ve watched the scene over and over and over and it doesn’t lose its importance to me. It is truly one of my favorite scenes in television.
I had high expectations for the last three episodes. I loved Betty’s character development but I missed the development of others that didn’t seem to make it into the production for some reason. The suspense leading up to the movement between dimensions fell flat. I mean, I completely understand how it went down, but what was promised in the build up was not delivered in any way, shape or form. I cried in the scene, don’t get me wrong – the five movements get me every time – but sadly, extremely sadly, the final scene just really didn’t fit. And I just hate that.
Steve running, screaming, “angel, take me with you!” – yeah angel, take me with you too – to your board room where your story is being written. I can do you better justice.