Recently I binged the full first season of The OA offered by Netflix. It stars Brit Marling as a young blind woman, missing for seven years. When she returns, she can see and refuses to explain any of what happened. I enjoyed the series, but I am struggling to understand what I saw. So this brings up a question. How does one review a show, when one is unsure of what happened? On the most basic level, production quality, acting, sound, and lighting was all up to expectations. (I hate movies where the characters grope around in the dark, and the viewers are left to guess what’s happening by only the audio track.) I came back time and again to view the next episode, interested in the storyline, captured by the cliff hangers and in love with of the characters. From the beginning, I was under the spell of the storyline and wanted to know more. Each little detail that filled out the story fit the puzzle perfectly. The keyword is puzzle.
OA has depth in a mystery that it slowly reveals through the season. The characters become real as the drama unfolds. A viewer easily suspends disbelief and accepts the fantasy of the story. Moreover, if you choose not to believe, the story does not make a fool of you. At one level, believing in the story opens endless possibilities. On the other level, the story makes just as much sense from a more realistic point of view. It is just a different story, not as fantastical. Both storylines are complete, but your heart wants to believe in the fantasy.
The next season, if it continues, should offer an insight of what the writers want you to believe. I long for continuing the mystical storyline. I have never been big on fantasy, but I am willing to change if another season of well-written episodes come along. If you are looking for something that will fire up your respect for a well-written story, you will love The OA.
If you are looking for another story within a story, consider reading Sunset of Dreams. This book is about a Tampa detective who stumbles onto a paperback that causes readers to lose control and commit murder. It is not easy to explain the cause of the crime wave to the police. Who would believe a book could do that? Everyone is at risk, even his family. The book is available to pre-order on Kindle now, and the paperback will release on May 1st. Read Sunset of Dreams, but don’t lose control!
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