Brit Marling’s Delightfully Weird Netflix Series The OA Gets a Second Season
If you haven’t yet watched The OA on Netflix, you’ve been missing out on one of the most well-crafted, thought-provoking, and delightfully weird sci-fi/supernatural stories ever. Well, now you have a great reason to catch up, because Netflix has announced that the show will be getting a second season with the teaser above.
The OA was created by actress/writer Brit Marling and her longtime collaborator and director Zal Batmanglij, who worked together on the film The Sound of My Voice about a mysterious cult leader who may or may not also be a time traveler. The OA is an 8-part series about a mysterious blind woman named Prairie Johnson (Marling) who returns to her hometown after having disappeared for seven years with her sight restored. She then proceeds to recruit a group of teens (and their algebra teacher, played by The Office‘s Phyllis Smith) for a mission that slowly begins to unlock what happened to her during those seven years.
To say any more would be way too spoilery, so I’ll leave the plot stuff there, but you should definitely check it out as Marling has such a unique voice, and her work is instantly compelling…whether you’re entirely sure what’s going on, or not.
Also, the show has some great diversity stuff going on, particularly for Asian representation—one of whom is a young trans actor playing a young trans character whose trans-ness is relevant to the story, but not remarked upon. There’s also the casting of Phyllis Smith. It’s rare that you’ll get to see an older woman and a group of teens have an adventure together and become friends, but that’s exactly what happens in The OA. And again, her age is never remarked upon by the kids. Sure, she’s a teacher at their high school, but they soon forget that as other things become more pressing.
Lastly, you should know that The OA and Sia’s music videos share a choreographer: Ryan Heffington
So, if you dig that sort of thing, that’s another reason to watch the show. The Movements are epic.
The teaser video above announcing Season 2 gave me chills. The finale of Season One was certainly controversial. There are people (like me) who loved the ending and thought it the perfect way to end a show like this while paving the way for a possible Season Two, and there are others who found the ending any combination of hokey/confusing/silly/offensive. Still, I’m looking forward to it, as there were many questions left unanswered.
In the above video, the braille translates to the word “Survived.” So, I guess we now know a little more about that ending?
Have you watched The OA? What did you think?
(via The Verge, featured image via Netflix)
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