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Jeremy Simington
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Posted: 31 December 2016 at 6:09pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

THE OA is a new Netflix original series with sci-fi/supernatural elements.  All 8 episodes of the 1st season are available.  It was created by Brit Marling (she also stars) and Zal Batmanglij, who also made the films ANOTHER EARTH and THE EAST.

My wife and I have been binging it and just finished episode 6.  It's ambitious, visually impressive and really original, especially compared to most of the glop on TV.  It's also not perfect and is generating internet opinions running all the way from "a masterpiece" to "unwatchable".  I say give it a chance through the end of episode 2.  If you're ready to bail out then, you probably won't be any more impressed by the other episodes.  One more warning: I've already seen some headlines on the internet indicating that season 1 does not wrap up neatly at the end and some people seem to be really pissed.  I might be one of them tomorrow!

Thoughts from those who have been watching (or tried & bailed)?  Please be careful with spoilers.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 31 December 2016 at 6:52pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I enjoyed their first two films, ANOTHER EARTH and SOUND OF MY
VOICE, but after the second one, I became concerned that they were
relying too much on ambiguity as a gimmick and put off seeing their
subsequent films. THE OA has been on my Netflix list, so I'm curious if
it has the same issues.
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 01 January 2017 at 8:35am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I honestly don't know what to make of it. It's quite pretentious, but at the same time intriguing enough that I kept on watching. 
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 03 January 2017 at 7:32pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I bailed after the first episode.  I gave it up in favor of binging The Magicians.   

But I may go back in for another shot.
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 04 January 2017 at 5:50am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

When I saw that title, and it triggered comparisons to "The Chew" and "The Talk", all I could think of was a panel show with five little blue David ben-Gurions.

And nobody even knows who David ben-Gurion is anymore... :)
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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 05 January 2017 at 5:48am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Boy meets girl.
Boy bangs girl.
Boy falls in love.
Girl : "this ain't a thing".
The OA to the rescue!

This is show is basically the love child of M. Night Shyalaman and Touched by an Angel.


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Andrew Saxon
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 4:04am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I almost didn't bother with this series because, at first glance, The OA looked like yet another dreary tale of angst-ridden American teens - something I'm highly allergic to (a fairly graphic sex scene in the first half hour of the first episode didn't bode well either). Then, magically, the last 15 minutes or so of that episode saw the story take flight and go off in directions I would never have expected. Like one of those books you just can't put down, I wound up watching The OA right through to the end in one sitting. I was amazed and delighted that something so daring and thought-provoking could get made in this day and age of 'play-it-safe' television and movie drama.

For anyone tired of endless by-the-numbers crimeseries and zombie killer shows The OA is worth taking a look (or even a second look if you dismissed it first time round) but you need to stick with it.

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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 18 February 2017 at 4:40am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I thought the OA was fantastic. I was super emotional and weepy during the finale which could have just as easily been laugh inducing. Really great original show. 
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