Netflix's The OA Part 2 Review & Comments

kahlua

Well-known Member
thanks for the review cas,i did enjoy the first series and had completely forgot about it until seeing this,another added to my to view list.may have to rewatch s1 last episode.
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
The single worst thing that Netflix has ever done. Utterly laughable dross. How in hell did this get a second series?

What was an excellent notion for a tv series reduced to interpretive dance nonsense.

It could have been a superb, exploratory feast of fine ideas and extrapolation and became instead a whining teenage cac fest.

And despite his excellence, even Jason Isaacs couldn’t rescue this gooey garbage.
 
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Casimir Harlow

Blu-ray Reviewer
The single worst thing that Netflix has ever done. Utterly laughable dross. How in hell did this get a second series?

What was an excellent notion for a tv series reduced to interpretive dance nonsense.

It could have been a superb, exploratory feast of fine ideas and extrapolation and became instead a whining teenage cac fest.

And despite his excellence, even Jason Isaacs couldn’t rescue this gooey garbage.
Although I sympathise and somewhat agree (echoed in the opening paras of my review), if it helps, this second season is an improvement and has much less interpretive dance :D
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
Cheers sir. :)

I still won’t be able to compel myself to endure it. If only because it’ll remind me of the horror of the first one.
 

BrightonChris

Distinguished Member
I admired the all out unrepentant bonkers ambition of this show; and enjoyed most of the first series trying to work out what on earth was going on. Looking forward to this.
I always feel like an apologist for these sort of derided shows. Same with Altered Carbon or Sense 8. But without people taking a chance we'd just have procedural crime shows wall to wall.
 

VisionMan

Well-known Member
I'm in two minds whether to watch this after its poor first season. I'll read CASs review and then make my mind up but I'm in no rush. And thats not a reflection on CASs excellent reviews! :D
 

Paul7777x

Distinguished Member
I admired the all out unrepentant bonkers ambition of this show; and enjoyed most of the first series trying to work out what on earth was going on. Looking forward to this.
I always feel like an apologist for these sort of derided shows. Same with Altered Carbon or Sense 8. But without people taking a chance we'd just have procedural crime shows wall to wall.
Completely agree about taking a chance, it’s mighty important in order to make film and tv increasingly enjoyable, entertaining and, when possible, thought provoking; I was seriously looking forward to this one.

Brit Marling is awesome, and I like her ideas. She also wrote and starred in a film called Another Planet, which is certainly entertaining and thought provoking.

But to make films about topics so mind bending, it’s really important to not make them mockable. And, for me, the OA series is a joke. The bloody dancing bollocks had me leaving the room, or closing my eyes.

Such a pity.
 

leamspaceman

Distinguished Member
Brit Marling is awesome, and I like her ideas. She also wrote and starred in a film called Another Planet, which is certainly entertaining and thought provoking.
I think you mean 'Another Earth'...?

I find it really difficult to take opinions seriously when people can't even get the name of the movie right!!!

"Another Planet" might be a Freudian slip... it's where you might be?
 

Michael Bayleaf

Active Member
I find it difficult to explain to people what the series is about (besides people doing an elaborate dance). I thoroughly enjoyed the first season because it was so odd and weird. Can't wait to start the second season.
 

VisionMan

Well-known Member
I think you mean 'Another Earth'...?

I find it really difficult to take opinions seriously when people can't even get the name of the movie right!!!

"Another Planet" might be a Freudian slip... it's where you might be?
Chill, man. Its an internet forum not a classroom. o_O
 

encaser

Member
Another fair review, Cas.
But if they start doing that theatre dance balls to draw up 'stuff', I'm out. I enjoyed parts of series one but there were some seriously pretentious moments of Jazz Hands bull.
 

Curt101

Active Member
Cas,
It would be nice to have a few lines at least with what you think of the video and audio of the show. Personally I find the OA in both HDR10 and DV too dark with almost no highlights, fairly high grain in dark scenes, and not very saturated colors. This was viewed on a Sony AF8 Oled. Since it looked the same on multiple devices (an ATV and a Pana UB820), I assume this was the directors intent (a misguided intent in my opinion). Audio was adequate but unremarkable. Almost a waste of time watching in Dolby Vision or HDR, it looks like SDR.
 

richp007

Distinguished Member
Like with American Gods, I don't think I can stomach another season of this. It'd have to be pretty exceptional to pull me in again, and I'm just not seeing it.

It was the final episode of Season 1 that killed it for me. It was atrocious.
 

jakimp

Well-known Member
thanks again Cas!

I will give season 2 a go but do share the reservations of others about season 1 even if I did largely enjoy the first season

personally I enjoyed sens8 a lot more than OA and don't think the comparison was justified on derision level

and altered carbon was in my view excellent and I cant wait for season 2 - I have no reservation in advising my friends to watch that series

I do agree Netflix is to be applauded for bringing ideas to our screens that no mainstream broadcaster will ever do and at a price point that is so very reasonable

the pole insertion comment was funny but out of line on an enthusiasts forum like this one surely?
 

invisiblekid

Distinguished Member
Can I be the 1st to say, Hello to Jason Isaacs
 

leamspaceman

Distinguished Member
the pole insertion comment was funny but out of line on an enthusiasts forum like this one surely?
As the intended 'recipient' of the "pole" comment, I thought it was hilarious too and totally deserved on my part. Kudos to @Paul7777x for such a great comeback.

I don't need anyone else to tell me what's appropriate if it's directed towards me. That's for me to decide. And I think it's fine... made me chuckle.
 

MikeTheBike2010

Active Member
Very much enjoyed the first series which, for me epitomises what streaming can do (as against mainstream channels).

Young new writer and star (still unusual esp in SF to be female).
Varying length episodes to tell the story without padding.
Crazy ending, but wasn’t that the whole point? You can view the dance as just that, a distraction, or as something more powerful?

I liked it and will watch this series too.
 

Fake Shempz

Active Member
My review of the first season can be summed up in 3 letters...."meh"

I put the ridiculously bad ending right up there with the rush job ending of "The Event"
 
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jakimp

Well-known Member
As the intended 'recipient' of the "pole" comment, I thought it was hilarious too and totally deserved on my part. Kudos to @Paul7777x for such a great comeback.

I don't need anyone else to tell me what's appropriate if it's directed towards me. That's for me to decide. And I think it's fine... made me chuckle.
pole well taken sir
 

VisionMan

Well-known Member
From CAS's review -

The OA risked all to literally take viewers to another dimension, only to end on a world-class anti-climax that failed to capitalise on everything that had gone before.
What an excellent summary that is and thats only from the first paragraph!
 

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