The Best Show
Have you watched this series yet? Or more importantly have you finished it? IF NOT DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. I don’t want to ruin it for you! I have been waiting to discuss this show since I saw it and I can’t wait any longer.
I found it a bit difficult to watch at first – the back and forth in time was confusing and created more questions than answers. HOWEVER I stuck with it and at the end of each episode there was a cliff hanger that forced me to go to the next one. Then I started to catch on to the story. OMG I am glad I did. I think episode 5 was my favourite but of course waiting to find out what OA stood for was very rewarding.
Brit Marling is not only the star Prairie/OA but she also created and wrote the show with Zal Batmanglij. She even broke her nose while filming the scene with the dog when she was trying to get her video camera back from Steve.
The actor who plays Steve, Patrick Gibson, is an actor from Ireland – can you hear that at all when he speaks? I like his character. He is described as a male who is trying to find his place in the world. He has so much rage inside and he needs to find a way to channel it.
I love the special dance moves created by Ryan Heffington, who also choreographed the sequences in singer Sia’s “Chandelier” video. “Each movement series was based upon a symbol, usually a living creature,” Heffington says. “I used the animal’s architecture to build gestures and used other attributes—the ability to take flight, for example—for movement perspective. The breath I chose because the breath is primal and therefore universal. A hiss accompanied with a sea anemone gesture creates something familiar yet abstract yet new. It was important to give space before and after particular movements to create an element of unknowing what would come next. Negative space was a strong component I played with as well.”
I enjoyed this show the first time I watched it and even more so the second time. Every word, action, line seems to have significant meaning. I caught all sorts of details that I missed the first time and now have an even better understanding. Even so, I still have some outstanding questions:
- Why do the participants need to leave their doors open before the first meeting?
- How did Prairie’s Dad find her on the beach?
- Her premonition dreams came true so why did she dream of meeting her Dad at the Statue of Liberty and then not meet him?
- Was Katoona God?
- Was she crackers and made everything up?
- Where was she trying to go? Back to the cage? How could that be? Or was she trying to escape to another plain of existence, or heaven, because she thought that’s where Homer was now? Did she think he was dead?
- What happened to the mad doctor Hap? And what did he do to the others? Did they go to another plain?
- If she wasn’t with Hap and the rest for all the years she was missing, where was she?
- Will there be another season?
My favourite quote from the show is from Prairie:
“When you throw out a beautiful net, you don’t always catch a beautiful thing.”
From Plan B founder and The OA executive producer Brad Pitt: “The eight-hour odyssey that Zal and Brit created in The OA hooked me immediately and not simply because of the impressive storytelling and fascinating script but also the timely themes so singularly explored —themes of tribe, otherness, acceptance and faith in the unknown.”
My final question about the show is What happened next? What do you think? Feel free to leave comments below.
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