Netflix Drops Trailer from Surprise New Sci-Fi Drama "The OA"

Monday, 12 December 2016 - 5:34PM
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Monday, 12 December 2016 - 5:34PM
Netflix Drops Trailer from Surprise New Sci-Fi Drama "The OA"
Netflix never fails to surprise us, but this time they've outdone themselves. The streaming service just dropped a trailer for a new sci-fi series called The OA, which has had virtually no marketing, but somehow comes out this Friday. We still don't really have any idea what it's about, but we're still going to hope that it's a suitable Stranger Things replacement:



The OA comes from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the filmmakers behind the critically acclaimed movies The East, Another Earth, and Sound of My Voice. The filmmakers' pedigree and Netflix's reputation for giving showrunners creative freedom demonstrates that the show is in good hands, although we still don't understand what's going on. Netflix hasn't offered any synopsis (except that it's "a powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection and the borders between life and death" - not very helpful), and from the trailer, we can only surmise that Marling's character goes missing as a child and returns after experiencing some otherworldly event. The "life and death" tease indicates that it might be spiritual, but the markings on her back indicate that it might be extraterrestrials, which would be much harder sci-fi and really would fill the Stranger Things vacuum. 

The series comes out later this week, even though this trailer is the first proper marketing the show has had. There have only been a few frustratingly cryptic teases on the show's official Instagram page and Netflix's Twitter, which play up the "life and death" angle:



The OA releases all eight episodes of the first series on Netflix this Friday.
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