I have mixed feelings about this. The OA is truly pure and inspiring but significant gaps still exist here. And I'm very disappointed about the season finale, to be honest. You simply can't forget everything about your real purpose only because you have to end the season. And if the real intention was just to resolve the emotional core, make it clear at the beginning, focus on it and forget about vague details.
Such a suspension of disbelief is required for this. I stopped a couple of times because it was just so damn silly. Each episode was sillier than the last. It shared some similarities with 'The Magicians', and her earlier work on 'The Sound of My Voice'. Gets an extra star for the brave acting to look that ridiculous. Gotta go practice my dance moves. I need to move to a dimension with a different president.
Watched this whole series within a day, and it was one the best [new] series of 2016. Although it does drop from the first 2-3 episodes, and middle episodes become more saw territory; it is a nice blend of drama, mystery, sci-fi, and thriller. Feels more filmic than most series, and I'm looking forward to series 2 (we need more shows these days which are actually good, and last for more than one).
Season 1: The Sound of My Voice (50%) + Angels in America (20%) + Martyrs (20%) + Elephant (5%) + Radiohead's No Surprises music video (5%). Season #2: a descent into utter silliness - save for the critique of San Francisco's inane tech "culture" - that climaxes with Synecdoche, New York. I'm sure that, in another dimension, The OA is a great show. But I surely hope that there won't be a third season in this one.
Yes, it's pretentious, strange, and has some loose ends. Also: pure, emotional, and powerful. Like the rest of Marling and co stuff encourages you to have faith (in people, life, love; no religion but a bit cult-y like). And I'm also convinced that Brit Marling is the OA.
Dear Netflix, I did it again. I wish there was a morning after pill for when you spent the night binge-watching another original Netflix that can't live up to its promising premise. Then I wouldn't spend the next day sad and tired, acknowledging there were so many wrong things about the storyline (wtf were those 5 movements?) and so many other TV series (in HBO).