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Just before Christmas I stumbled upon The OA on Netflix. I had not heard anything about it but less than 24 hours after it was available, I fell in headfirst while I was Christmas crafting. Before I knew it, seven episodes had passed. I know I paused to eat but I was entranced by Brit Marling’s world completely.
I am going to try and be as spoiler-free as I can because the character development and story was so rich you must experience this for yourself. I’ve been telling everyone to watch it. Some things to note: It’s 8 episodes – you can binge it in one day. The OA has a bit of a Stranger Things feel in that you have no idea where it’s going, if it’s made up, or if these things really happened to the character. It’s sci-fi, but not your normal aliens or time-travel which I am all about. I will offer a trigger warning, It’s about survivors of Near Death Experiences. Some scenes may be intense but it’s nothing that the character hasn’t already overcome so maybe it works that way.
Prairie Johnson, a missing blind girl, returns to the community she grew up in with her sight restored. Some hail her a miracle, others a dangerous mystery, but Prairie won’t talk about her seven missing years with anyone except four teenage boys whom she tells her story to in order to recruit them for a mission.
Brit Marling plays the main character, Prairie, and she is joined by fantastic actors including deliciously evil Lucius Malfoy, Jason Isaacs as Dr. Hunter Hap and Emory Cohen as Homer. You may think you recognize Emory, he’s the cute kid from Brooklyn who falls for Saoirse Ronan.
Everyone I know who watched it said the same thing, The OA is beautiful, but you will be left with questions. I cried, I was moved and thought it was so beautiful.