The writing is terrible, the acting unbearable.
9 stars from me. I loved this series much more than the first episodes had me expecting.
Some people seem to be fairly confused as to what the point of this series was. Without saying too much, I'll say this, which might steer you in the right direction: if you were to force a label on me, I'd have to say I'm "agnostic", and yet this show was still great for me.
Pretty good, especially early on. Seems like the story was padded to achieve 8 episodes, could've easily been fully executed in 6 or less. Some really good concepts between all the filler. Towards the end of the final episode there was a random 'group-dance' scene that didn't make a whole lot of sense -- like the dancing could impart the antagonist with sudden mental health, but they forgot to tell us about that side effect in all those episodes before. An assumption on my part, as there wasn't a clear explanation of the purpose of the flashdance. Extensive use of a dual-timeline, more than I would've liked.
My favorite parts by far were everything with Phyllis Smith from "The Office (US)"... ;-)
Great series, absolutely loved it from start to finish.
If the last episode didn't exist The OA would be awesome. The end really destroyed it for me...
Spoiler free reviewDo yourself a favour, don't waste your time on this. It's a perfect example of all sizzle no steak. The show starts off weak then eventually hints at a decent mystery which you expect will come to some satisfying conclusion, but as the season reaches its crescendo it turns into one of the biggest let downs ever.
Admittedly it has some pretty moments but is mostly shot in drab, uninteresting settings, which doesn't really feel intentional. All the characters apart from the OA are wildly predictable, but she eventually falls into this category once you learn more about her. Any character relationships that are built up don't feel at all worth investing in, and any semblance of a subplot is swept under the rug quickly. Despite being eight episodes the show feels heavily padded, yet they decided to barely dedicate any time to develop side characters, because Brit Marling has to dominate every scene she's in, and the result of which feels massively self-indulgent.
If there's one thing I have to warn anyone watching The OA is that it completely cons viewers with a vague, nonsensical ending. I can only assume that they thought they were a shoe-in for a second season from Netflix and left it completely open, or they were trying to create an ending that was open for interpretation - which this show definitely didn't have the smarts to accomplish. The ending literally makes no sense, and only serves to add another gaping space to a plot already filled with holes; after seeing it I thought "wait, is that it? What the hell was that?" It's honestly like they reached the deadline for the script and figured "screw it, we'll make it vague, I'm sure Netflix will throw cash at us next year, we'll pretend to explain it then".
The OA is a interesting but lazy and frustrating mess. If you can put aside common sense and a desire for a decent plot and story for eight hours, then by all means go for it. The ending was such a huge "screw you" to the viewer that I refuse to return for resolution should they get another season. Oh, and this show shouldn't be called sci-fi at all, it couldn't be any further from it, if anything it's profoundly anti-science and unashamed of it.
Amazing show. Goosebumps at the end. If you feel the need to lash out negatively perhaps it was just too confusing for you. I'm sure there's a Real Housewives of Orange County episode calling out to you and will calm you right down.
This was awesome and held me spellbound. With her story Prairie helped 5 other people become better persons and make them realize they and their actions matter. By doing the dance at the end the chosen 5 worked together and saved many lives.
Proper crap. Tried riding on the band wagon of stranger things. Basically a strange 8hr Yoga lesson.
Couldn't watch past the fourth episode. The special effects are just disapointing, and the message behind the show started to feel a little too religious to me. By the begining of the fourth episode it became cringy, I wouldn't recommend watching this!
For me, the main idea seems to be a parallel with religions. The cafeteria scene shows how strong a ritual can be in order to encourage people to do brave things while linked to brothers in faith. The whole series kind of play with the start of a religion, with followers, miracles (sight recovery and men coming back to life), fantasy stories mixed with real facts, rituals to reach a higher sphere (be it a Lord's prayer or any other collective ritual), and how this can change people lives, even when they get to be challenged by the reason or science. Very refreshing subject!
Either one of the best things I've watched recently or the worst I haven't decided yet. Mind blowing in many ways and baffling in others. Give it a look and decide for yourself.
Watched the first two episodes.Rather boring and nonsensical. The characters were not realistic, show too long and consisted of little actual material and lots of filler.I would give it a swerve.
It's funny how people are confused This series is The OA no The O.C
I'm rating it a 7 for now. I will admit that I only started this for Jason Isaacs, but I did stay for the intriguing story (and Steve's character, which I thought was interesting). Not too sure about the ending - didn't really hate it or love it, just meh about it. One thing I want to say - some of the acting and writing here was really bad. At certain points, it really felt like actors were just reading off a script, including the main character. I tend to have this problem a lot with Netflix shows for some reason.
Did not understand a shit. Especially the last scene of the last episode. Are they all drugged-out from the beginning?
This is pretty bad, don't waste your time watching this.
I just watched the first episode of the series. I did not notice and was surprised to see that the episodes are 60 minutes (I like the format). The plot is intriguing and I was completely glued to the screen. I'll give my 9/10 rating. Very good!!!
Really liked the show. Makes you think and speculate. Although, I hope there will be a 2nd season, as the finale left way too many questions ambiguous, which is kinda frustrating.
Wanted to quit after second episode. Kept watching and enjoyed the next four or five. Now first season is over and i regret watching it. Waste if time. No conclusion or satisfying end, not even a good cliffhanger.
I like it and I don't like it. I love the part where they're story telling and they show the other part with the kidnapping and sci-fi part. I hate the other side of the OA with the high school kids. I'm interested in seeing where season 2 will head towards.
This was really worth it. Brilliant plot! One of the rare shows that really focuses on the narration of the story instead of the characters interactions. This show is, I believe, just as one of its lines; "it's not really a measure of mental health to be well adjusted in a society that's very sick".In this sense, it'll probably be undervalued as a price to it's specific type of audience, as opposed to funny, sex, business, law, space, or any of the shallow but mainstream, fast-food kind of TV shows.The Mystery kind requires time, attention, the ability to let oneself lost and guided deeper, without the usual expectation state of our 'instant gratification' society.That being said, the ending felt very hasty. It already started with the 7th episode, which served to dilute the intensity and add some drama for supposedly a better season finale, unfortunately it was poorly made and produced some bitter aftertaste. It doesn't change the fact that this show is Very Good, and only a step away from being Excellent! Do make time and give it a try !
I've just begun to watch this Netflix series, and it is very intriguing: for it's mysterious tone, that Alice Krige chose to perform in this project, that Brad Pitt put his weight behind it as an executive producer, that it was created, written and stars Brit Marling (co-created and written by Zal Batmanglij). I'll finish this review once I've seen all 8 episodes of this season, but I sure like what I've seen so far.
Ok, I've finished all 8 episodes of the 2016 season. I loved he way the writers justified slowly revealing the OA's story, why it had to be told in one hour units. The details of mystery are not yet disclosed, leaving stuff for another season, but the arch for this season was completed revealing the OA, and introduced us to interesting characters. The acting was very good. I'm glad to have this introduction to Brit Marling as actor and writer, I'll be following up on her other work. I give this series a 9 (superb) out of 10, and recommend it to all those who have a passion for mystical stories and interesting characters.
This show made me feel somehow validated, confused, then betrayed, and more confused. It wasn't fast, and I still don't understand it, but it got steadily more complex and kept me interested in the ride.
If you liked the X-Files, and Stranger Things, give this a shot and be prepared to be patient through the slow start. If unexplained mysteries irritate you, or you will always pick the latest superhero movie over an arthouse feature, ymmv. Either way, watch with a friend so you can yell about it afterwards.
I literally wasted hours of my life for what was probably the worse script ever. The season finale just made absolutely no sense at all. Random events - pretending they're well thought of. Geesh
Pretty much nothing about this show makes any sense. It's easy to assume, early on, that it's going somewhere interesting. It isn't.
Don't waste your time.
This is possibly the weirdest and yet somehow compelling television show I have had the utter confusion to watch. I honestly don't know where to start commenting on it, but I have to say that it is strangely addictive. There are seriously WTF moments that I did not expect but was hooked enough to keep watching the next episode, then the next and the next. It's damned odd but seriously unforgettable.
This might be the weirdest show I've ever seen. Very curious to see how they'll do season 2.
I'm hooked, watching the 1st episode gradually got me interested. Sometimes the gradual appeal, is more rewarding in the end. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a religion show, towards the end.
There were some interesting ideas, but overall it's just not my cup of tea. And the season finale was really disappointing.
Wow, that was really great!
The first two episodes seem slow but they're simply not action packed and prove to be just as important as what comes after.
Some characters are not developed as well as the main ones but I can overlook it since they weren't gonna play a larger role than they eventually did.
The only reason I'm not surprised at the ending it's because I've watched the previous works by the duo, especially "Sound of My Voice", which presents a similar story though in a arguably darker light.
For some reason I was hooked and thrilled through all the episodes. Albeit, very confused at the end.
So this show is about excuse of bullies?
Anyway to sum it up - it is like Stranger things. Stranger things season 2 maybe. But with the added element of making excuses why bullies deserve to live.