The OA


The OA is an American mystery drama web television series with science fiction , supernatural , and fantasy Elements, [5] [6] qui it debuted Netflix on December 16, 2016.[7] [8] Created and executive produced by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij , the series is their third collaboration. [7] [8] The series consists of eight episodes, all directed by Batmanglij, and is produced by Plan B Entertainment and Anonymous Content . [9] In the series, Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie Johnson who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Prairie now calls herself “The OA” and can see, despite being blind before her disappearance.

The OA . The series’ directing, visuals and acting were often singled out. Comparisons with Stranger Things , another science fiction series that debuted on Netflix earlier in the year.

On February 8, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, dubbed “Part II.” [10]

Premise

The series centers on Prairie Johnson, an adopted young woman who resurfaces after having been missing for seven years. Upon her return, Johnson calls herself “The OA”, exhibits scars on her back, and can see, despite having been blind when she disappeared. The OA refuses to tell the FBI and her adoptive parents where she has been and has been quickly restored to a very high school. Finally, she asks for their help to save the other people. [11]

Cast

The following actors appear in the show: [12] [13]

Main

  • Brit Marling as Prairie Johnson / The OA
  • Emory Cohen as Homer Roberts [14]
  • Scott Wilson as Abel Johnson, Prairie’s adoptive father
  • Phyllis Smith as Elizabeth “Betty” Broderick-Allen [15]
  • Alice Krige as Nancy Johnson, Prairie’s adoptive mother
  • Patrick Gibson as Steve Winchell [16]
  • Brendan Meyer as Jesse
  • Brandon Perea as Alfonso “French” Sosa
  • Ian Alexander as Buck Viewed [17]
  • Jason Isaacs as Dr. Hunter Aloysius “Hap” Percy [18]

Guest

  • Hiam Abbass as Khatun
  • Zoey Todorovsky as Nina Azarova, a young Prairie Johnson
  • Marcus Choi as Mr. Vu
  • Robert Eli as Principal Gilchrist
  • Nikolai Nikolaeff as Roman Azarov, Nina’s father
  • Will Brill as Scott Brown
  • Zachary Gemino as Carlos Sosa, Alfonso’s Brother
  • Sharon Van Etten as Rachel [19]
  • Riz Ahmed as FBI Psychologist Elias Rahim
  • Paz Vega as Renata
  • Robert Morgan as Sheriff Stan Markham
  • Michael Cumpsty as Dr. Leon Citro

Production

The series was conceived by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and they started working on the concept in December 2012. [20] [21] They spent two years working on the OAon their own, [22] before pitching to studios. [23] From the early stages of development onward, they were telling the story out loud and noting one another’s reactions to the story to refine it accordingly. [24] They found it difficult to summarize the show in a written story, so they developed it aurally. When executives read the script of the first hour, they asked if the story “really [went] somewhere.” Marling and Batmanglij then began to tell the story from beginning to end, [24] playing all the characters and acting out the big moments through many hours. [25] They Worked with Brad Pitt ‘s Plan B Entertainment , qui connected with the story and shared it helpful before Went to note networks and studios. [22] Following a multiple-network bidding war, the series was first revealed on March 5, 2015, as Netflix ordered eight one-hour long episodes with Plan B and Anonymous . The hotel is located in the heart of Batmanglij. Marling and Batmanglij held similar positions in their previous two collaborations, Sound of My Voice and The East .

Rostam Batmanglij , Zal’s brother, worked as one of the composers on the series, and he also wrote his theme music. [27] He has composed for both Sound of My Voiceand The East . Choreographer Ryan Heffington created The Movements. Heffington first professionally worked with them on the East , and had been an acquaintance of both from earlier than that. [28]

The final episode includes a dedication to Allison Wilke. Wilke, also known professionally as AW Gryphon, was a producer on the show who died of breast cancer a month before its release and three days after the show was finished. [29]

Episodes

Season 1 (2016)

No. title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 “Homecoming” Zal Batmanglij Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij December 16, 2016
Prairie Johnson returns to her parents, Nancy and Abel. Prairie disappeared blind, but now its the name is “The OA”. She does not reveal how she regained her eyesight, but she has not been able to make it. OA tells Steve, a neighborhood bully, that she will save him from being sent to boot camp in Asheville, if he presents her with four other strong people. That night, OA meets Steve in an abandoned house with three other boys from his school, “French”, Buck, and Jesse, along with their teacher, Betty Broderick-Allen (“BBA”). She was born in Russia as Nina Azarov, The daughter of a powerful oligarch . One day, following a premonition she had, the mafia knocked the bus of the oligarchs into a river. Nina died and had an NDE where a woman named Khatun gave her the choice of returning to life. Nina came back blind after Khatun told her she would take her sight to protect her from the horrible things lying ahead.
2 “New Colossus” Zal Batmanglij Melanie Marnich December 16, 2016
Continuing her story, OA says that her father feels her to a boarding school for blind children in America to protect her. However, her father died, and she was sent to live with her aunt who ran an illegal adoption service. Nancy and Abel adopted her and named her Prairie. For the next several years, Prairie had dreams and premonitions, for which her parents medicated her. In them, her father waited for her by the Statue of Liberty . She ran away on her 21st birthday to see him, but he did not appear. Instead, she put a scientist named “Hap”. She ends up with her husband and his wife. Buck convinces him to come. The next night, she told them that Hap was studying people that had NDEs, like she did. Prairie and her husband, who has been living with her husband for a long time,
3 “Champion” Zal Batmanglij Brit Marling & Dominic Orlando December 16, 2016
Prairie gets to know Homer, Scott and Rachel, the other three captives. Homer was an athlete who was taken a year before OA. Hap eventually begins letting her out of her cage to help around the house, as he is soft on her and trusts she can not escape because of her blindness. He regularly pumps gas to their cages as part of an experiment, but can not figure out what that is, as the gas makes them pass out. After the story, the boys and BBA deal with their own situations, such as the death of BBA’s twin brother, Theo. BBA also defends Steve from being sent to Asheville, convincing his parents to put him in special education instead. In OA ‘s story, Hap is dying from food allergy but he convinces to pray to save him, without the passcode to the cages the others will starve to death. In the process of getting him an EpiPen , she discovers the dead body of another girl he had kidnapped earlier, “August”. She later pushes him down the staircase of the basement, and escapes the house. She makes it to a cliff, but Hap hits her in the head knocking her unconscious.
4 “Away” Zal Batmanglij Ruby Rae Spiegel December 16, 2016
Prairie meets Khatun in NDE. She is offered the choice of reuniting with her father but she chooses to return to help the others. Khatun, which offers a wide range of activities and activities. She tells Prairie that the five of them must work together to avert a great evil and prairie is “the original”. Hap returns Prairie to her cage and she tells the others that she can see, they are all angels , and their way out is by figuring Hap’s experiment. In the present, BBA learns Theo left her $ 50,000 in her will. OA meets an FBI counselor, Elias, who suggests to her focus on healing herself. In her story, Prairie and Rachel decide to suck Hap’s scopolamine-like gas, so that Homer experiences the experiment awake. NDEs are the most popular soundtrack in the world. It takes Homer four years, but he experiences an NDE awake, in which he manages to swallow a sea anemone. Prairie contemplates she has a truer self who answers to something sounding like “Away” or “Oh-A”.
5 “Paradise” Zal Batmanglij Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij December 16, 2016
OA (having abandoned the name Prairie) and Homer perform the two movements they got from their NDEs. Hap forces Homer to seduce an NDE survivor in Cuba named Renata, to kidnap her. Homer ends up sleeping with her, which destroys the morale of the team and hurts OA. With Renata now locked back at Hap’s, it’s Scott’s turn for the experiment. Scott begs Hap to spare him as he is too sick to survive another NDE and reveals OA can see, and her ideas about angels and how to escape. Hap proceeds with the experiment and Scott dies. Hap takes his body back to his cage, telling OA it’s her fault. OA and Homer of their movements for hours, while facing each other with Scott in the middle. Unexpectedly, Scott returns to life and tells them they were right; If at least five people perform the movements, a door to another dimension opens. He has been given the third of five. Hap runs downstairs in shock that Scott is alive. In present day, OA tells the others the reason she gathers them to teach them the movements so that they can rescue the others.
6 “Forking Paths” Zal Batmanglij Melanie Marnich December 16, 2016
In the following three years Renata gets the fourth movement, OA and Homer scar themselves with depictions of them, so that they do not forget them, and Hap is watching closely and learning their movements as well. Hap visits his former mentor, Leon, in a morgue, in which Leon also runs similar experiments. Leon tells Hap he is very close to proving the existence of afterlife , but Hap tells him he actually believes there are multiple dimensions, and his subjects have the means to make traveling between them possible. He also thinks he knows where their NDEs take place, and he intends to go see it with his own eyes. Leon pulls a gun on Hap demanding he reveals his breakthroughs. They fight and Hap kills him. Leon’s subjects. Later, He asks OA to leave with him, make money using the first two healing movements, and run experiments on their own, but she turns him down. NDEs take her to the rings of Saturn . A sheriff country Hap a visit and discovers the hostages. He loves his gun at Hap.
7 “Empire of Light” Zal Batmanglij Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij December 16, 2016
OA has a premonition of a big space with a metallic sound, but she can not tell what it means. She discusses it with Elias, who suggest that her “psychic” capability might be the result of being able to notice even the smallest cues around her. He also tells her to just accept whatever happens. Steve is being shipped to Ashville but BBA uses her cheque to bribe the drivers to let him go. OA has dinner with her parents, when Nancy gets upset that she knows nothing about what happened to her daughter. OA explains that she scarred herself with the notations of the movements that open another dimension and she knows all this because she’s “the Original Angel”, which causes Nancy to slap her. English suggests to OA to forgive Nancy and Abel and consider them as her parents and one of the reasons she came back from her NDEs. Steve accuses OA for using him and the rest just so that she gets back to Homer and stabs her with a pencil. She embraces him and calms him down. He asks her how she survived and she replied she was because she was not alone.
8 “Invisible Self” Zal Batmanglij Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij December 16, 2016
Hap convinces the sheriff that OA and Homer can cure his dying wife. Once healed, the sheriff’s wife revealed she was an NDE survivor who could give them the fifth movement. Upon doing so, Hap kills her and her husband. He dumps OA on the side of the road, telling her he will jump dimensions with the others. In the present, OA tells a simplified version of her story to her parents. Nancy reveals to Abel she knew OA had left on her own. OA ‘s story (eg Homer ‘ s Iliad ). He stumbles on Elias and tells him OA’s stories were lies, but Elias responds that what matters is that it was for her. French shares the revelation with the others. After several weeks, the boys have returned to their previous lives, disconnected. A shooter one day approaches the school cafeteria. Meanwhile OA realizes what her premonition means and runs towards the school. The boys fearing for their lives desperately decide to enact OA’s five movements in front of the shooter. The shooter is confused by this action and somebody subdues him. A stray bullet hits OA at the cafeteria where she had been watching from outside. As she’s transported to an ambulance OA tells the boys that their actions are working and that she can feel herself going to another dimension. Steve chases after the ambulance yelling for OA to take him with her. The scene cuts to black, then to OA looking into the camera, and then black again, as she says “Homer?”. Meanwhile OA realizes what her premonition means and runs towards the school. The boys fearing for their lives desperately decide to enact OA’s five movements in front of the shooter. The shooter is confused by this action and somebody subdues him. A stray bullet hits OA at the cafeteria where she had been watching from outside. As she’s transported to an ambulance OA tells the boys that their actions are working and that she can feel herself going to another dimension. Steve chases after the ambulance yelling for OA to take him with her. The scene cuts to black, then to OA looking into the camera, and then black again, as she says “Homer?”. Meanwhile OA realizes what her premonition means and runs towards the school. The boys fearing for their lives desperately decide to enact OA’s five movements in front of the shooter. The shooter is confused by this action and somebody subdues him. A stray bullet hits OA at the cafeteria where she had been watching from outside. As she’s transported to an ambulance OA tells the boys that their actions are working and that she can feel herself going to another dimension. Steve chases after the ambulance yelling for OA to take him with her. The scene cuts to black, then to OA looking into the camera, and then black again, as she says “Homer?”. The shooter is confused by this action and somebody subdues him. A stray bullet hits OA at the cafeteria where she had been watching from outside. As she’s transported to an ambulance OA tells the boys that their actions are working and that she can feel herself going to another dimension. Steve chases after the ambulance yelling for OA to take him with her. The scene cuts to black, then to OA looking into the camera, and then black again, as she says “Homer?”. The shooter is confused by this action and somebody subdues him. A stray bullet hits OA at the cafeteria where she had been watching from outside. As she’s transported to an ambulance OA tells the boys that their actions are working and that she can feel herself going to another dimension. Steve chases after the ambulance yelling for OA to take him with her. The scene cuts to black, then to OA looking into the camera, and then black again, as she says “Homer?”.

Reception

The OA has a favorable general reception. Rotten Tomatoes has 76% critical approval rating and an average rating of 7.52 / 10 based on 41 reviews, writing that ” The OA is more than OK.” [30] Metacritic , based on 17 reviews, assigned the series a rating of 61 out of 100, indicating “favorable reviews.” [31] Most reviewers acknowledged the series’ ambition and praised its mystery and direction. Reviewers made both favorable [5] [32] [33] [34] and unfavorable [35] [36] [37] comparisons to another Netflix Original, Stranger Things .

John Doyle of The Globe and Mail writes, ” The OA is a strangest original production since Stranger Things .” In terms of substantive, original drama, it transcends it, it is unclassifiable in the context of drama, mystery, science -fiction and fantasy, since it is straddling all sorts of lines and blurring them. It is outright astounding and brilliant, too. ” [5] Tim Surette at TV Guide said that “the final moments of Episode 5 – probably the most episode of the first season – was some of the most reaffirming television I’ve ever seen, not just for the show but for life itself. I’ve never really had this kind of a relationship with a series while watching it, but it ‘

Tristram Fane Saunders of The Daily Telegraph gave a mixed review of 3 out of 5 stars and Noted the series’ potential goal Criticized icts similarity to fellow Netflix Original Stranger Things , claiming que le series Was Attempting to be “stranger than Stranger Things ” goal ” On the basis of the first four episodes, the answer is a resounding no. ” Saunders’s review also highlighted the series’ lack of originality and characterization, and derided the dialogue as “portentous [and] self-consciously literary. In addition, it also criticized the slow pace as “glacial”. However, Saunders also acknowledged the series as an interesting and compelling story, writing that ” The OA may be utter hokum,

Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood “A failed, but not wholly worthless, experiment in TV authorship.” Fienberg added “the problem, of course, Is That telling you what The OA is vaguely like is just another tease and telling you what it Actually is is a recipe for disappointment, Because after-year enticing and Somewhat infuriating build-up, The OA Becomes I’m not sure if it’s a good thing, but it’s a good thing. ” [41] Sonia Saraiya of Varietyalso gave a negative review, stating that ”

The extreme reaction to the series is best Exemplified dans le pages of Variety Itself Where, Following The TV critic’s gloomy review, a chief movie critic for the trade wrote a glowing room with the headline “Why The OAis One of the Year’s Most Important Movies ” [43]

Accolades

year Award Category nominee result Ref.
2017 GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Drama Series The OA Nominated [44]

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