‘THE OA’: A TALE OF CHOSEN FAMILY AND WEIRD DANCING
Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling first caught my attention with “The OA,” the mind-bending 2016 drama that ran for just two seasons before Netflix killed it.
Marling played the title character, a Russian-born, Americanraised young blind woman named Prairie, who returns to her Michigan home seven years after she went missing, with her sight inexplicably restored.
Prairie — now calling herself the OA or Original Angel — tells a fantastical tale of being held captive alongside four other people, all of whom who had near death experiences.
Their scientist kidnapper subjects them to repeated NDEs to find a portal to another dimension.
And the key to the interdimensional travel involves a series of five movements, performed as a really strange sort of contemporary dance, which Prairie teaches to four troubled teens and a teacher from the local high school so she can slip dimensions and return to her lost love, Homer (Emory Cohen).
That all looks plenty weird when you write it out and the second season was even stranger — telepathic octopus anyone? — but there was an emotional richness in the bonds between the characters, particularly in the first season, that makes me remember the show fondly.
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