If you are like me you sometimes spend more time looking for something to watch than actually watching what you finally decided on. G33k-hq wants to lessen that burden of trying to find the perfect thing to watch by searching out the worthy contenders for you…that’s what our Upstream series is all about. This time I’ll talk about the Netflix original series OA. We always try to stay as spoiler free as possible with these articles, we feel you should experience and enjoy our selections for yourself. Well that goes double for OA. To be honest I just finished it and I’m not exactly sure what I think about it! The one thing I do know is that it is powerful and compelling…do I know exactly what it was about?…now that is a different story 😉
OA stars Brit Marling (Another Earth, I Origins), Scott Wilson (The Walking Dead, Legion), and Jason Issacs (Lucious Malfoy in Harry Potter). The whole cast in this series is incredible, they created a believable base for the story’s narrative to play upon. I had NO idea what I was getting into when I decided to watch this series. I was curious what it was about and then my friend Brandy had mentioned how much she enjoyed watching it on Netflix and so I pushed the button. I believe everyone should have that chance of discovering it for what it is, and more importantly what it is to THEM so I will only briefly touch upon the story. Prairie is a blind woman who mysteriously turns up after being missing for seven years. The media kicks up a frenzy when she literally just shows up out of the blue. What happened to her, was she abducted and held captive, did she runaway, and more importantly how did she regain her sight! The story is compelling to the point of frustration sometimes. There were parts that I felt were a bit slow, but only because I wanted to know what happened! Prairie’s mother (Alice Krige, the Borg Mommy!) plays out that narrative for us. She is painfully curious as to what happened to her daughter. She senses a change in her, but in an effort to create the most nurturing environment for Prairie to recuperate, holds her tongue for questions.
I won’t spoil it, but the climax of the story is extremely powerful, I am still trying to piece together my thoughts about it. All I know for sure is a enjoyed the series a great deal. It was fresh and I could not wait to watch the next episode. The series is short, only eight episodes, but each one is over an hour in length. I will warn you that some people find the plot devices confusing all the way to outright silly. You ability to suspend disbelief and enjoy the story as it unfolds is crucial to fully enjoy this series. Hard hitting performances from a broadly diverse cast made this a great watch for me. I was touched by the story. If you watch the first episode and you are intrigued, by all means continue, but if the pacing or piecemeal way the story unfolds is frustrating to you then I would not bother with the rest, you most likely will not be able to enjoy this one. I’ve heard opinions stating it has no mystical elements to the story yet others say it absolutely does. It is really amazing that people can watch the same show and yet have two very opposite concepts of what happened. That makes OA truly unique and worth a watch.
It didn’t hurt me that Prairie reminded me a great deal of a friend I had a while back and lost contact with, Elizabeth…she looked very similar and had the same quiet strength that most people mistook for vulnerability. This one is for you Lisa! I’m sure you’d enjoy it 🙂