It only took one weekend for “The OA” to become Netflix’s latest binge obsession. The OA Season 1 is definitely a fresh mind-bending concept with an unreasonable end. While Brit (The director) managed to create consistent implausible traps. In the end, she left us wondering about the unsatisfactory termination. As we are living in a golden age of sci-fi TV shows, the expectations are relatively high.
Cast: Brit Marling (OA), Jason Isaacs (Dr Hunter Hap), Emory Cohen (Homer), Brandon Perera (Alphonso), Riz Ahmed (Elias FBI Agent), Hiam Abbass (Khatun), Ian Alexander (Buck Vu)
There was a time when we thought the concept of “Star Trek” was far fetched. Today, the physicists, archaeologists and science fanatics are opening doors to limitless Cosmo slots. Now we see more and more collective consciousness mushrooming. This all-embracing development has allowed the legacy to loom in the shimmer of mind’s individuality. On December 16th 2016, Netflix certainly drew a great chunk of its visitors to watch The OA. Here’s a brief rundown of the Season one.
The OA Episode 1 – 3
The OA stars Brit Marling as Prairie Johnson, a blind woman missing for 7 years. One random day, she turns up at a hospital, with strange scars on her back, that she won’t talk about. Strangely, she also calls herself “The OA.” Her family is torn between astonishment and nightmares after she reveals that she found her vision. Her parents had named her Prairie, after her blue eyes. However, she insists on being called the OA. The OA retraces the dramatic twists and turns in Prairie’s life. Prairie believes that her parents won’t understand her journey. Therefore, she secretly forms a bond with five other people. She recruits four high school students and their teacher Phyllis Smith. She then tells them the story of her captivity. She was abducted by Hunter Hap, Jason Isaacs. She tells these five people that she needs to be somewhere and only they can help her get there.
OA Episode 3 – 6
A surprising twist unfolds when Prairie explains that she is a Russian, who was born with a perfect vision. At a very early age, she lost her mother. Thereafter an accident made her lose her vision. Soon after, her father died in an accident. Not long before, her aunt sold her to her current foster parents in exchange for money. Diagnosed psychic, she wants to return to another realm. She explains the seven years of absence. How she was abducted by a scientist for an experiment. Supposedly, Hap had kidnapped four people with NDE’s to study their connection to the afterlife. The OA teaches her new friends the skills she learned. Every night, she tells a story which includes thwarting death in captivity and crossing dimensions and gaining supernatural powers. This is also when she begins to teach them the ultimate moves.
The OA Episode 6 – 8
On the foreground, a journalist approaches Prairie’s family with an offer. The parents consistently pursue Prairie to cooperate. But she does not divulge any information to the journalist. On the other hand, she continues narrating her story to her new group. This is where she explains the bond she had forged with Homer and the others at Hap’s place. She then reveals a plan of escape, they had hatched with no success. An agonising dilemma gives OA a new perspective on the group’s plight. In the meanwhile, Homer resolves to find out what Hap’s experiments are really about. Scott reaches his breaking point. One of Hap’s experiments fail and Scott dies. This is when OA and Holmer bring him back to life. Meanwhile, Hap zeroes in on a new test subject in Cuba. Homer and OA work to perfect their escape plan and are joined by the other two.
OA – The Final Escape
Prairie shows the group the four mystical moves. However, she needed their help to discover the fifth and the final move. Right then a startling turn of events occupies Hap with new work urgency. OA finds out the emergency, as she knew Hap better than the others. She recalls how Hap had hired her as a house-help. Thinking she was blind and couldn’t escape. While Hap underestimated the power of Prairie’s mind, she proved him wrong. As soon as, Hap figured that Holmer and OA have found the 5th move, he sends Prairie far away from Holmer. To her luck, she returns to the city she went missing from.
Prairie knew nothing about Hap’s location. Except that they were in the basement of some castle at a faraway location. While Prairie tells her story to her new set of friends, she also begins to talk to an FBI officer. Elias, the FBI agent works with her like her psychiatrist. Thereafter, an ominous new dream and a tense outing with Nancy and Abel take a toll on her. Steve finds his life in turmoil once again. On the other hand, Prairie’s final interpretation of her story recounts a dramatic night at Hap’s. The others in the group begin to see her story in a new light. They find books in her room, which narrate the same stories as hers. The fragments of the dream click into place after the school faces an anonymous shoot out. Prairie’s new group emerges out of the crowd and performs the 5 moves she taught them. They manage to distract the shooter, however, Prairie gets shot in the process. The last scene shows her happy, however, it’s unclear if she’s dead or alive. The director (also the actor) definitely let her imagination run wild on the subject, a fascinating sci-fi series about NDEs. We are yet to understand its end though.