One rarely talked about yet wholly under appreciated Netflix original series is the science fiction meets psychological thriller The OA.
The OA is the brainchild of the generously talented Brit Marling and her partner in crime Zal Batmanglij. The pair have teamed up before on such projects as Sound of my Voice and Another Earth. Experience seems to have perfected their craft because the OA is a truly original and absorbing series.
While I call the series a sci-fi meets psychological thriller, perhaps one of the most exhilarating things about this show is that it embodies and transcends multiple genres. The subtle yet intriguing performance of the actors as well as the themes of abduction, adoption and post-traumatic stress give the series a distinctly psychological bend. In addition to this, the slowly unfolding crime plot seems to place the series within the crime fiction genre. Yet the story does not turn out to be this simple with elements of fantastical storytelling interweaving seamlessly throughout each episode. Much like fries dipped in ice cream one would not expect these elements to go well together, but the end result is a surprisingly awesome cocktail of television viewing.
In terms of plain old juicy drama the show also come sup with the goods. It takes a little while to warm up, but the relationship between Brit Marling’s character of Praire and her love interest Homer (played by Emory Cohen) eventually develop a romance you can root for. There’s something slightly twisted about the way they come together but luckily it’s twisted in a way that’s enthralling and a little sexy as opposed to just plain creepy like the Fifty Shades of Grey series. Outside their romance there is also some interesting subplots going on in the lives of the supporting characters, touching on themes such as grief, family, gender, sexuality and high school politics.
If you’re in the mood for a highly absorbing and imaginative new TV series, I strongly suggest giving The OA a go. Just make sure you don’t have any plans in the coming days as the series has an incredibly addictive, binge quality that makes it near impossible to stop watching. Each episode ends with more questions than what it began and the urge to find out the answers is just too strong to ignore. Good news for those who already love this show as much as I do, Netflix has just recently renewed the series for a second season, meaning we might just get some answers to the excruciating cliff-hanger on which the first season ended. For those of you not there yet, you will soon know exactly what I mean.