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The OA
« on: December 23, 2016, 06:51:13 PM »


I just binged it and I honestly don't quite know what I watched.  The narrative and characters really drew me in and even though it flirted with woo, I feel like it more took the woo premise and expanded it into the realm of sci-fi without exactly endorsing the real world concept.  I'm being vague because going incompletely ignorant was a good experience (I'll spoiler my specific throughts below) and I don't want to ruin that experience for anyone.  Besides, the fact this released only days after its surprise announcement would seem to imply that, that is how the creators wanted us to watch it. 

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Re: The OA
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2016, 07:37:48 PM »
I watched a few episodes and then felt like I was on a knife's edge of liking it so I decided to look up some reviews and based on that stopped watching.  I might go back now armed with lower expectations.

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Re: The OA
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2016, 08:49:47 PM »
I watched a few episodes and then felt like I was on a knife's edge of liking it so I decided to look up some reviews and based on that stopped watching.  I might go back now armed with lower expectations.

I think it is well made, but the end of the season is ridiculously open-ended.  Given they are planning on more seasons, I feel good recommending it, but it this had been it I would not.

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Re: The OA
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2016, 10:07:48 AM »
We finished it last night. I mostly enjoyed it but parts where lacking and still have a lot of questions about it. Overall though am more positive than negative about the show, I'm not mad about lost time or anything.

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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2016, 06:33:26 PM »
I do think that the brilliance of this show lays almost entirely in the narrative form.  The story telling really felt fresh and non-formulaic which is a welcome change from even the better movies of late.  They could have easily done this in a  cliff-hanger climactic scene at the beginning leading to a cliched "3 weeks earlier... " kind of start to the story for example, but the way they balanced the current plot with the flashbacks was really quite engaging and inventive.

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Re: The OA
« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2016, 02:06:53 AM »
I've heard that the ending is extremely terrible, like, so much so that it's offensive and angering. 

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« Reply #6 on: December 31, 2016, 03:03:37 AM »
I've heard that the ending is extremely terrible, like, so much so that it's offensive and angering. 

CONFIRM / DENY ?

The ending is extremely unresolved in just about every conceivable way.  The story comes to fruition, to be sure, but I think it's going to be hard to really judge how good it is until some major questions are resolved.  Like I said initially, if it had been the end of the series I would hate it, but since they plan on expanding and presumably clarifying what has happened so far, I'm OK with it.  I can certainly see why some people would hate it though.  My opinion is that it's worth the watch.

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Re: The OA
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2017, 10:08:51 AM »
Watching.  Not reading this thread until done.
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2017, 08:52:54 AM »
Yeah it's one of those series where you're like "I'm not sure if I liked this. I think I did. But they could seriously fuck up Season 2 and convince me I didn't like Season 1." It's kind of Stranger Things + The Fountain meets interpretive dance.
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Re: The OA
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2017, 09:58:09 PM »
Perfect.  Don't want a season 2.  Leave it as the perfect thing it is.
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« Reply #10 on: January 26, 2017, 01:28:54 AM »
Perfect.  Don't want a season 2.  Leave it as the perfect thing it is.

Really?  Did you have a more solid takeaway with just what was really going on or is the ambiguity what you find so appealing?

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Re: The OA
« Reply #11 on: January 26, 2017, 01:54:52 AM »
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« Reply #12 on: January 26, 2017, 02:30:54 AM »
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