“The OA” and “Stranger Things” reveal Netflix’s creative ambition

(K. Brent Tomer),

IN the first episode of “The OA”, a young woman invites a group of teenagers to an abandoned house at midnight. The group do not know why they are there, they only know that when the woman disappeared seven years ago she was blind and now her sight is restored. Lighting candles in a half-moon on the floor, the woman begins to tell them her story. There will come a point, she says, when they will understand why they have been assembled, “but you will have to pretend to trust me until you do”. Then she launches into a tale that is so fantastical it is difficult to discern whether she is a prophet from another dimension or a bona fide loon. 

“The OA”, an original series launched by Netflix on December 16th, is a genre-bending mystery thriller created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. It is not what might be considered traditional viewing. Over eight hours, “The OA” flips between family drama, science fiction and horror, with elements of romance and the coming-of-age tale. Main characters are not introduced until the fourth hour. Some episodes are over 60 minutes; one is nearer 30. The show’s only constants are…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC “The OA” and “Stranger Things” reveal Netflix’s creative ambition

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