I think you’ve just spared me 8 hours of my precious time.
Yes, I think I can trust Alan on this one.
Also, that Medici show doesn’t look too good either.
Sounds like no fun at all.
If I’m pronouncing the name “Batmanglij” at all correctly, it comes out sounding like it’s how Bruce Wayne talks to his minions in the cave.
Does anyone at least yell “Welcome to The OA, bitch!” at any point during this thing?
I Googled this series and found a site called “The Oatmeal” as a top result for “the oa.”
It sounds in some ways strikingly similar to “The Sound of My Voice” – a movie Marling and Batmanglij made from 2011. Basically about a cult leader played by Marling with a mysterious back story that might be bullshit.
They don’t give you any answers as the movie seemed to mistake being vague for being profound and the whole thing feels like a waste of time. At least it was only an hour and half and not eight hours.
// its most recognizable actors are Jason Isaacs, Alice Krige, Scott Wilson from Walking Dead, and Phyllis Smith from The Office and Inside Out //
That’s actually a really intriguing cast but I don’t see myself trying out the show, based on reviews, even with some hypothetically free viewing time during the general lull of television over the next few weeks.
I tried it, and I agree with the reviewer. It’s not a show for everyone, but I’m glad you were able to find joy in it. I wasn’t able to get attached to any of the characters except prairie, and even she was so ill defined at times that I couldn’t really invest (what was the weird romance angle with the scientist about?)
Either way, I don’t think people should dismiss it outright. It’s not truly awful, it’s simply something that was not meant for me
Curious. There was a time when I more often than not had pretty much the same opinion as Sepinwall when he reviewed a new show, but I have to say that I’m completely on the other end of the scale on this one.
I’ve just finished all eight episodes and I found The OA to be an incredibly absorbing and at times deeply moving television series, and a refreshing change from so many of the safe-but-sure series being churned out by both cable and network this year.
I don’t know what else to say to all the Sepinwall fans who came here for some advice on whether to try out this show or not, except maybe they might want to try an episode or two for themselves before writing it off based on the tastes and sensibilities of a single reviewer.
I loved every minute of it. One of the best of 2016. It was poetic and mind expanding. Why the sour review? Maybe it’s hard for males to like a show with a female lead. Just can’t relate to it? Doesn’t feel right? Doesn’t reflect yourself enough? There is some seriously crap tv/film, this is far above standard fair.
He didn’t say Prairie should be making the scientist more sandwiches, he said he didn’t care for the show (and explained why in great detail, none of which included any sexism). Take off the feminism-glasses once in a while; some things can be taken at face-value!
Such a jaded review. This series is special. Certainly not for everyone, but awesome and spellbinding and different from anything else on TV.
I just finished the series last night… a little too New Age gooey for my tastes, and I really disliked the actress playing Prairie, nor was I convinced that this motley crew of 5 (including a teacher) would be drawn to her, but overall I kept coming back to see ‘what happens next’ so the show was successful in drawing me in
Great show had me from the beginning very good acting and production want more and just saw second season is approved Bravo