The power of interpretive dance will once again be showcased on Netflix as The OA Part II gets its first trailer, poster, and premiere date. The series first premiered on the streaming service in 2016 and was noted as much for its originality and non-linear storyline as it was for its surprisingly earnest — maybe too self-serious — narrative about a missing woman’s surprising return from an abduction and her experiences with a group of people who may or may not have transcended time and space through the use of interpretive dance.
The season ended on a cliffhanger that added more divisiveness to an already divisive series as its depiction of a school shooting left Marling’s character, Prairie (or the OA), shot and apparently on her way to another dimension. That was nearly three years ago now, and it will be interesting to see if the The OA Part II was worth the wait, as this first look reveals a dramatically different set of circumstances for its main character and the show’s large supporting cast, which included Jason Isaacs, Phyllis Smith (The Office), Paz Vega (Spanglish), and musician Sharon Van Etten (Twin Peaks).
The new trailer quickly dispels any sense of mystery regarding Prairie’s fate, as she’s woken in a hospital to find it’s still 2016 and no one has any idea who Barack Obama is. As she exclaims early on, she “jumped” into another dimension, one where her life is very different from the one she left behind. Those differences, along with newcomer Kingsley Ben-Adir as Karim Washington, are just part of the puzzle making up what looks to be another ambitious season of one of Netflix’s most unique original shows. Check out the trailer and first poster for The OA Part II, along with a synopsis of the new season below:
“The “mind-bending” story returns with The OA Part II, which follows OA as she navigates a new dimension, one in which she had a completely different life as a Russian heiress, and one in which she once again finds herself as Hap’s captive. Part II introduces Karim Washington, a private detective tasked with finding a missing teen, Michelle Vu. His path crosses with OA, as they try to solve the mystery of Michelle’s whereabouts and a house on Nob Hill connected to the disappearance of several teenagers. Meanwhile, back in the first dimension, BBA, Angie and the boys find themselves on a journey to understand the truth behind OA’s story and the incredible realities she described.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how the second part of the series is received, and if it garners opinions that are as strong as the first go-round. At any rate, viewers won’t have long to wait, as the series returns in late March.
The OA Part II will begin streaming on Netflix on Friday, March 22, 2019.