By: Zeila Edrial
Not much information was divulged when Netflix Original Series The OA arrived on Friday, Dec. 16. In fact, media releases for the show were blocked until four days before the series was released.
Cryptic tweets were posted Dec. 12 on Netflix’s Twitter asking, “Have you seen death? Have you seen darkness? Have you seen the light?”
An official account for The OA surfaced on Instagram. A myriad of images were uploaded, serving as pieces to bigger pictures.
In the wake of Stranger Things’ success, I was ready to watch another supernatural Netflix Original Series show. The lack of information on The OA and the cryptic posts only served to pique my curiosity. In an attempt not to spoil the show for anyone who has yet to watch it, I won’t delve too deep into the story.
The OA opens with a video recorded on a boy’s smartphone. The footage shows a blonde woman, played by Brit Marling, dodging traffic on a bridge. The video concludes with her jumping off the bridge.
Miraculously, she survives. And it turns out that the woman is Prairie Johnson, a blind girl who went missing seven years ago. She is reunited with her adopted parents, who soon discover that she somehow regained her sight. However, they also find her back covered in scars.
Prairie, who insists on being called the “OA,” is searching for someone she refers to as “Homer.” She declares that she needs to find five able-bodied individuals who can help her find her way back to Homer.
During the span of eight 1-hour episodes, Prairie shares her story of her whereabouts during the past seven years that she was missing. But as the show unravels the mystery of her disappearance, one can’t help but question her personal account of what truly happened.
Between the trauma that Prairie may have incurred during her disappearance and past signs of mental illness, the line between reality and fantasy is blurred in The OA. The show does little to answer satisfy our questions, and instead ends up leaving us with more.
The OA has received mixed reviews since it’s arrival to Netflix. But I suggest giving the show a chance, so you can draw your own conclusions about the mystery of Prairie’s seven-year disappearance.
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