The OA on Netflix: A Review of the Series…
The OA is by far my favourite series on Netflix – sorry, Gossip Girl! It came out on the 16th December (it hurts me to admit that I had to research that, I should have known, dammit!), and I watched it approximately three days later. I say watch, what I really mean is I sat there glued to my screen for hours, watching episode after episode; almost skipping my tea in the process – sorry, mom! I loved it! I also don’t know how I’m going to make this review stretch to 500 words long, as all I can say is that I loved it. That’s it. No, really, that is it. Sigh.
I suppose I can go into detail and tell you what I loved *cough* all of it *cough*, and we can go from there…
What I loved about The OA:
Prairie. For those of you who don’t know, she’s the protagonist, and she has a very complex persona. By that, I do mean complex. You could already tell that she’d been through a lot, judging by the opening scenes. How she reacted towards others also made me curious as to what had happened to her. As the story progresses, you get to see how she was shaped into the person she became, and her story is both bizarre and extraordinary. I could never have guessed any of it. It really is incredible.
Also, Brit Marling is a good actress. She did the character justice and brought her to life. Her emotions weren’t flat, and she helped me to forget that she was only acting; that the whole thing wasn’t real.
Yeah, as you can tell, I’m not very good at explaining this sort of stuff. I’m finding the more I try to explain it, the harder it is to put into words, but that’s another thing that I liked about The OA. It gave me so many feelings that are hard to describe. So. Many. Feels. Its crazy plotline – one with more twists and turns than a roller-coaster – probably had something to do with it.
Also, Homer. Holy moly, he is one of the biggest reasons as to why I love this series. From the beginning, Prairie seems to be desperately driven to find ‘Homer’, and as the series progresses, more light is shed on their relationship. It’s so intense. Without wanting to say too much, they were each other’s lifeline; their relationship (platonic, or otherwise – you’ll have to watch it to find out!) allowed them to maintain a very needed sense of normalcy. Homer also reminded me a lot of a person I really liked, in terms of appearance and certain life circumstances, which made it 1000x better for me.
What else? I like how it slowly reveals bits of information as you go along. Some people won’t like this, as it can make you really impatient (been there), but it drew me in. You literally start with nothing to go on, apart from the fact that she’s appeared out of nowhere, seems to be mentally unstable, and appears to have tried to kill herself. Maybe that’s why I’m having a hard to describing what I liked about it.
It’s just such a unique story, and is honestly like nothing I’ve ever seen. I would encourage you to give it a watch, despite this kind-of crappy, kind-of rambly review. I’m still struggling to put it into words, damn. Moving on…
Overall rating: 9/10
I will only minus one point because *spoiler alert* I don’t understand why she asks her chosen five people to open their doors when speaking with her. Also, The OA sounds like a really cool title, until you find out The OA stands for ‘The Original Angel,’ which isn’t quite as impressive, I must admit.
Woo! This made it to over 500 words! I’m happy. That’s it. If you’ve already seen it, what did you think of The OA? Let me know! Also, if you want to say ‘hi’ on Instagram, click here.
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