This supernatural mystery has all the makings of a classic, helped along by an incredible performance from it’s leading lady, Brit Marling.
The OA is an 2016 American mystery drama web television series with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Created and executive produced by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the series is their third collaboration.
The series centres on Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a young blind woman who resurfaces after having mysteriously vanished seven years previously.
Prairie returns with a new name, now calling herself “The OA”. But that’s not even the strangest part, her sight has inexplicably returned to her, and she now has weird scars running across her back.
The OA refuses to tell the FBI or her parents where she has been and how her eyesight was restored, instead assembling a team of five locals to whom she reveals the story of her return and that she needs them to complete her mission.
The OA has polarised critics, with some hailing it genius, and others saying, ‘what the feck did I just watch?’ Several reviewers have drawn both favourable and unfavourable comparisons with the hit science fiction series Stranger Things.
If you like original, unpredictable storytelling then you’ll want to see The OA. It does have a habit of leaving you feeling unsatisfied at times, mainly because it’s plot never goes the way you expect it to. I would love for the supernatural element of the story to take more of a front seat in the second series.
A few people have claimed they laughed at the season finale. I had a very different reaction, actually feeling moved to tears by our band of misfits uniting behind their belief in something beyond themselves. The lead performance by Brit Marling is quite frankly mesmerising, keeping you gripped to The OA’s story.
Watch the official first season trailer for The OA HERE: