I have a confession. For all the reading that I do, I LOVE television. I love it. Growing up I watched reruns of Friends on our tiny television after the 10 o'clock news (Can the sports segment BE any longer?). I remember watching the series finale of Full House, falling in love with Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and loving the weekly banter between Lorelei and Rory on the Gilmore Girls.
Now that I'm older, and blessed with the technological advancements of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime (this is not a commercial, I swear), my television bingeing has only gotten more intense. I watched the entire Buffy series again (and may have been #TeamSpike on the second go-round), tried to re-watch Felicity (girlfriend you need to get your shit together and stop whining), completely consumed (and probably definitely cried during) the Gilmore Girls revival, and got flipped into the upsidedown within the first 2 minute of Stranger Things (at the very least you had me at waffles). Don't get me started on Sherlock. I'm presently fresh off the Season 4 binge and am still picking up the pieces. (#TeamSherlolly I will fight you.)
But never have I been so ::obsessed:: with a tv show like I am with The OA. I legitimately stayed up until 3:00AM because I could not stop watching. I watched the first 3 episodes multiple times before I even finished the season because I needed to show other people how great this creation actually is. Then watching the final episode knocked the wind out of me and drew me deeper into the rabbit hole. What does the color purple mean? Who is the real bad guy? How long will it take me to learn violin from scratch? Where do I get that bad ass wolf hoodie?
If you're a hype aversion snob (like someone I know who does not read my blog but is the biggest hype aversion snob I know) don't watch this show. You're going to hate it. Move on. When you start watching it in 5 years and people have forgotten about how desperately they wanted to share it with you, and you find yourself rocking back and forth in the dark at 3AM trying to make sense of what just happened to you, we'll be ready. We'll have the answers. Shhhhhh.
So in case you have been living in an underground aquarium with 5 other people for the last 7 years, 3 months, and 11 days, The OA is an 8 episode show on Netflix about a girl that suddenly arrives back home after disappearing for.... Let's just say a while. It hovers between psychological, pathological, and celestial themes, and you're not quite sure which direction is the truth. It's a feeling that bleeds over into real life and makes you feel like there maybe be something else in the universe besides us.
If you find yourself looking for your next TV obsession and you feel like you need to have your every waking thought consumed by the mysteries of the universe for the next 3-5 lifetimes, tune into The OA. When you're ready, I'll introduce you to my OA Facebook support group.