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domino harvey
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The OA

#1 Post by domino harvey » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:05 am

Brit Marling's the OA finally premieres this Friday!

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Re: TV of 2016

#2 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:49 am

Anyone watched The OA on Netflix yet? Another Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij collaboration. Looks like this might be my next series.

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Re: TV of 2016

#3 Post by willoneill » Wed Dec 21, 2016 11:22 am

thirtyframesasecond wrote:Anyone watched The OA on Netflix yet? Another Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij collaboration. Looks like this might be my next series.
Watched the first episode last night. It's feel like all of the other stuff Marling's written, as in has the same vibe. The scene with the dog and then the last ten minutes were really interesting, so I'm going to keep going.

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#4 Post by Ashirg » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:00 am

I felt the same about the first episode. Didn't really hook me until the last 10 minutes and then I watched the whole series in 2 days. Still have mixed feelings about the ending...

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Re: The OA

#5 Post by theseventhseal » Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:09 am

I thought it was a wonderful show with some structure problems at the end. I would say the first six episode were the best thing I've seen on television in quite some time, as far as science fiction/fantasy goes. It is very daring , venturing to deal with the spiritual and unknown, which easily could have made it ridiculous or sappy. Instead, it always has enough mystery to keep you intrigued as a metaphysical adventure, while veering into very traditional horror/sci fi ground to keep the average audience happy. The cast was excellent and the direction was very good. The director Zal Batmanglij has a very deft touch in the opening episodes (he gets a little less inspired for the finale) where nothing is made too obvious and there's a delightfully scattered, organic feel to the show, but it has a drive underneath it that is propulsive and intriguing. I was thoroughly hooked on the show. But I felt the end began to sag, perhaps to due a contract to deliver more episodes than the story needed? Episode 7 killed the momentum and was a throwaway episode. As odd as this seems, if I were to give advice to viewers I would say skip Ep. 7 for a more rewarding experience and tighter show. Interestingly, episode six and episode eight end and and begin with matching shots, so I'm wondering if indeed there was some stretching thrown into the works. The ending was fine, but an attempt at a bit of ambiguity ala "The Ususal Suspects" felt cliched and too simplistic and was a poor writing decision to introduce ambiguity and a red-herring twist -- it felt like an afterthought thrown out at a production meeting and Brit Marling was given an offer she couldn't refuse. But otherwise "The OA" was a very original and in someways groundbreaking series as far as the art cinema making headway into mainstream entertainment.

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Re: The OA

#6 Post by Murdoch » Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:10 pm

Renewed for a second season. Great news since this was my favorite series of 2016.

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#7 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:30 pm

Watched it several weeks ago and haven't thought of it sense. Very "young adult" fictiony. Edit out that weird sex scene and they could market it to the Hunger Games crowd.

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Re: The OA

#8 Post by domino harvey » Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:51 pm

Season two premieres March 22

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Re: The OA

#9 Post by Persona » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:54 pm

Definitely a divisive series and I definitely fall in the "love it" camp.

Trailer for season two has me very excited.

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Re: The OA

#10 Post by Murdoch » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:03 pm

I think it's the best series Netflix has produced. While I was fine with the finale of the first series as a nice way to wrap up the story, I'm excited to see where it goes in this new season.

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Re: The OA

#11 Post by Persona » Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:08 am

So, while I was still taken with moments of S2, my overall impression was one of disappointment. It feels much more conventional as they try to expand the show more and end up just expanding it into sci-fi and mystery tropes. At the same time the show also feels... I don't know, there are some sections that really drag. Because the story is, in some ways, more by-the-numbers it leaves the slower pace feeling more of a chore than how the unique rhythms of the first season felt. I mean, at one point a character says, "Everything's connected" and you just have to groan because, yes, this has been an "everything's connected" show since the start, we knew that and to hear it vocalized at that point was just a bad case of a show pegging itself in a really reductive way.

But then the end of the season happens and wow, damn if it didn't almost completely win me back over in an instant. In a weird way it sort of redeems everything that came before it, recontextualizes it in a way that I actually felt like they knew this was the ending they were building towards, it wasn't just some late pivot in the writing process.

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