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The OA

Postby pseudoidiot » Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:22 pm UTC

The OA is another Netflix original.

It doesn't seem to have generated nearly the buzz of some other originals lately, but probably because it's hard to tell before watching it what it's really about.

I saw enough friends mention it positively that I watched through it over the past couple weeks and I finished it over the weekend. I feel like I'm still digesting it.

I liked that the show was comfortable taking its time with things. For most of the season it was on kind of a slow burn, but still totally engaging. Up until the last couple episodes, at least. It definitely sped up by the end and they probably tried to squeeze too much in to the last episode.

Definitely the kind of show that could easily invite all sorts of wild theories.
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Re: The OA

Postby natraj » Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:43 pm UTC

i tried watching it because i saw a number of friends talking positively about it and also was excited by shows that cast actual trans (asian! teen!) actors to play trans (asian! teen!) characters, but i have not finished it because i stopped after... maybe five? i forget. episodes or so because i was bored to death. there was not a single character i cared about (though it was also probably hard to care about them when they didn't get much focus as compared to the interminable rambling storytelling from the boring af main char) and i found the oa's endless narration unengaging.
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Re: The OA

Postby gmalivuk » Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:08 pm UTC

Yeah, I really wanted to like it for the same reasons you started, natraj, but a storytelling-centered plot around a storyteller I find less interesting than anyone else on the show turns out not to really be able to hold my interest very long.

(Plus reading some spoilery discussions on FB, it seems there's a trope-tastic "twist" that makes the story if anything even more boring.)
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Re: The OA

Postby Liri » Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:10 am UTC

I started watching it with my dad and brother. We gave up at the very abrupt naughty scene.

It seems Netflix is tossing a lot of money around at different projects. Some pan out better than others, huh.
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Re: The OA

Postby maybeagnostic » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:22 am UTC

I quite enjoyed it but it definitely isn't for everyone. It really relies on building up an atmosphere and submerging the viewers in it to make them believe some pretty wild/goofy things. I can definitely see how someone who expected a more traditional TV show wouldn't like it at all. I have to say though, for me it was the storytelling that was important and not the actual story. I enjoyed the show and the ending was rather open-ended but I didn't feel the urge to speculate or theorize about its meaning like I did for Westworld.

gmalivuk wrote:(Plus reading some spoilery discussions on FB, it seems there's a trope-tastic "twist" that makes the story if anything even more boring.)
any kind of spoiler would totally defeat the purpose of watching the show which was pretty succinctly stated in the first episode- "you have to pretend to believe me until you do" (or something very close to that). Still, I am kind of curious what you thought the boring "twist" was.

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Re: The OA

Postby Liri » Tue Jan 17, 2017 1:13 pm UTC

maybeagnostic wrote:
Liri wrote:We gave up at the very abrupt naughty scene.
What scene was that?

Very first episode, maybe 20 minutes in. Right after mom and daughter go on the walk at night.
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Re: The OA

Postby Zohar » Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:33 pm UTC

Haven't seen this show, but a lot of Netflix shows feel very slow to me, and not particularly engaging. I enjoyed Sense8 and Jessica Jones (though that was also way too slow), but I still haven't finished Stranger Things or Luke Cage. I like some of their comedies though - I loved Master of None and Grace and Frankie.
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