Why The Secret At The End Of Netflix’s ‘The OA’ Seems So Silly

Senior Television Writer
12.17.16 74 Comments

On Friday, with barely any advance hype, Netflix released its latest original series, the sci-fi drama The OA, created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, and starring Marling as a formerly-blind woman who returns from a seven-years-long abduction with the ability to see and a complicated tale she spins for five impressionable followers.

I was not a fan, having found the pace too sluggish, and characters too thin, to justify a mystery-based structure where the payoff seemed ludicrous to me, when it was meant to be profound. Though I also acknowledged that some in the audience may be perfectly wired for what Marling and Batmanglij are attempting, as was born out by rave reviews from Vulture and The Daily Beast.

Since I didn’t want to spoil the show’s surprises in that initial review, here — for the benefit of both those who have already watched all eight episodes, and those who don’t want to but are curious to know what I keep alluding to as so silly — are full spoilers for The OA season 1 (plus a bit about The Leftovers season 2 finale).

Read on at your own peril.


Spoilers are coming up just as soon as I pose as your young stepmother…

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