Last December Netflix unleashed The OA, an original series seemingly designed to confuse many and receive a divisive response. That prophecy was fulfilled, as the series gained plenty of traction for being strange, cryptic and even controversial. The series revolves around a formerly blind woman who mysteriously disappeared, only to be found seven years later with her vision restored. The first season ended on a strange cliffhanger, leaving audiences to wonder what was really going on.
Developed by director Zal Batmanglij (The East, Sound of My Voice) and star Brit Marling (Another Earth), the two spent a lot of time developing the ideas for this series, which included a series of movements (interpretive dance) that both baffle and entertain. Fortunately, everyone will now be able to see a return of the movements, possibly some answers and more, as Netflix has released an announcement trailer for part II of the radical series.
Noted with merely the statement, "Something always survives," the brief trailer that can be seen above has very little to offer beyond some familiar and cryptic imagery. In addition to the smoke and water visuals that should make sense to those familiar with the show, there is also a phrase written in braille that flashes by, along with a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. While the only context to apply to this is Prairie's former blindness and San Francisco being the place she was found, that could be a hint for things to come. That said, one does hear the voice of Marling's character Prairie/OA state the name Homer, the character portrayed by Emory Cohen, which could imply a certain direction this show it taking.
Much like the series itself, that all sounds very cryptic, but it will ideally intrigue the fans who were not put off by the mysterious concepts presented and the plot, which bordered by ridiculousness. Netflix is apparently committed to the ideas Batmanglij and Marling developed for this series, so that hopefully means they'll have a chance to answer the various questions brought up in a way that feels satisfying. Given how the similarly structured Stranger Things connected with far more viewers ('80s nostalgia trumps modern "artsiness"), perhaps this second season will round out the series as a whole in a more favorable way.
It is great to see Netflix embrace programming like this. The streaming service seems to have little to lose in pushing forward these types of properties, so getting original work from ambitious indie filmmakers like Batmanglij and Marling certainly has its benefits, even if some audiences want to challenge the results. As a fan of Sound of My Voice, it is also nice to see these two finally find a way to incorporate new versions of the ideas that had established in that film (and its unproduced follow-ups) into a new series. Here's hoping it all pays off well.
Part II of The OA arrives sometime in 2017.