The OA

The OA

Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous. – IMDB

I came across this by accident. I was curious that Brad Pitt was an executive producer for it and the premise really intrigued me.

The pilot reassured me that this was something I would enjoy. A young blind woman who had been missing for 7 years not only returns but is now able to see. As she comes across the least expected secondary characters, the story evolves into something unique, pure even, with a hint of sci-fi/fantasy.

The more you learn about what Prairie endured the more heart-breaking but also hopeful you feel for her. Each episode left me wanting more and I struggled to pace myself and leave another episode for next time because I wanted it to last.

The OA is truly a true piece of art that demands your full attention. I absolutely love the camera work here and above all the sound production. When you consider the two together it is really something special.

There are so many plot holes, though. There were just so many things that did not make sense like there is no way she could reach to her back to make those scars or we never even get to know why she jumped to the water on that first episode; maybe one of the most blatant ones is Steve being sent away, Betty pays 50k for him, and then he is back to normal life – just to name a couple.

Also, I could never relate to the characters and still don’t know how they got pulled in to all the craziness.
I don’t remember any episodes focusing on Jesse at all so that one’s a complete stranger for me.

And finally, the last episode was a big let down for me, and I can see why several people wrote reviews stating that the entire thing was an enormous waste of time.

I don’t regret watching it. I still think it is beautiful to watch, the image and sound are amazing, but the content could have definitely been improved.
I believe I would watch a new season.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

So I recently heard about this Netflix series that was da bomb, especially if you were a fan of Stephen King.
I watched the trailer and was intrigued so went out to look for the first episode and woohoo, the 80s – cool music, no internet and duct tape! Hooray for duct tape saving the day!

This kid goes missing under very odd circumstances. From the first frame you can see there is something supernatural happening here. His three friends, frantic mother and brother, as well as the town chief are the main characters who do their best to find him, but Will seems to have vanished into thin air. In the meantime, an odd child appears, who does not speak. Apparently, her name is Eleven. And there is surely a link between what happened to Will and her.

You know, in a time where every single entertainment piece seems to not go without huge, loud FX, be it image or sound, going back to this era is truly refreshing. There is actual content. And it is amazing how much suspense and interesting stuff goes on. I for one truly enjoyed reminiscing about how much you could do back then without all the stuff we have now. Kids had to actually have imagination to have fun!

I think this is really well done. The story is intriguing, develops well, it is incredibly suspenseful and the side stories are catchy as well. I have watched two episodes and am enjoying it very much so far.

Everyone is doing a great job at acting and the weird kid… Who I’d never say was a girl, by the way… Wow. So expressive. Says so much without speaking. All the three remaining kids are very distinct and develop an amazing dynamic, and other side characters do really well too. Ryder is amazing in her role of an unravelling mother, of course, who has so much on her plate that she realizes she never stops to appreciate what she has and now it might too late. And I cannot wait to know what all the freaky stuff is about.

I just hope I get some closure at the end. I tend to turn away from watching new series because they have a nasty habit or ending in cliffhangers, some of them never even being renewed.

Have you watched this? Which episodes? What do you think of it?
If not, do you plan to watch it?