Well, what is grad life without a bit of Netflix?
I have been trying to save up some money so that I am not completely poor over the Christmas season so decided to have a Netflix weekend. I got hooked and binged watch the new Netflix original – The OA.
The OA is a difficult series to describe without spoilers so here’s your spoiler warning. The show is set in the US and begins quite dramatically. In the first episode a blind girl, who now has her sight, is reunited with her parents after being missing for seven years. Prairie, or The OA as she likes to be called, tells her story of what has happened to over the last seven years to a group of five ‘misfits’ each night for one hour in an abandoned house. Her story has so many different twists and turns but I found that I was hooked and had to keep finding out more about her story.
I found the final episode intense. Over the course of the series I got attached to the ‘misfits’ and the the connection that they developed with each other. However, I have to admit that I did feel a bit disappointed in that there are so many questions that weren’t answered.
Here’s some of the questions (and major spoilers!!) that I still have and am curious to hear others thoughts on:
Was any of the story real?
Okay, so after the books were found under Prairie’s bed there were doubts if any of Prairie’s story happened. Was she really part of the experiment? Did Homer actually exist? If it was real, why were those books under her bed?
If her story wasn’t real, what happened?
Where was she for seven years and why did she come up with the story she did? It appears that her premonitions are real though, so surely she must have really had a NDE?
Why was the FBI therapist in her home?
Why was he in her home at the same time French found the books? Do the FBI know something about the seven years that Prairie was away that we don’t?
Why did French see Homer in the mirror?
Was this just a hallucination? Is French a version of Homer but in a different universe? Was this relevant in any way?
Is Prairie dead or in another universe?
So, what actually happened in the final scene? Is the white room that Prairie is in a version heaven or is she infact in an alternate universe? Or did she survive the bullet and is she in hospital?
Why didn’t Prairie just leave Hap when he had his allergic reaction, break through the window and get help for the others?
Obviously, if the situation was real, she didn’t have time to think through the options. However, when Hap was having his allergic reaction if really wanted to escape I couldn’t help thinking that she could have just left him, smashed through the window, like she when she tried to escape a second time,and got help for the others. This question nagged at me throughout the series. Maybe, it was to show she truly is an Angel?
Anyway, all in all I was a fan of binge watching The OA. There are a lot of unanswered questions but the show had some interesting ideas and I really liked the connection between the characters who had such different lives.
Let me know what you think and if there’s any more burning questions you have about the series.