It used to be that Netflix was the home of big-budget series that were meant to appeal to the masses, as well as more prestige series that might not have been huge “hits” but were critically-acclaimed and allowed to finish their story. Sadly, those days are gone. And the latest victim to Netflix’s penchant for canceling shows that don’t reach a mass audience is none other than “The OA.”
Sure, “The OA” is a weird show. There’s no denying that. How else can you describe a series that features young people doing an interpretive dance to help travel through dimensions? Oh and let’s not forget that Season 2 featured a psychic octopus. However, while “The OA” holds a special place in the hearts of quite a few at this website, it would appear that there just weren’t enough folks watching the show to keep it on the air, as Netflix announced that the sci-fi drama has been canceled (via THR).
Netflix head of originals Cindy Holland said, “We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of ‘The OA,’ and are grateful to Brit and Zal for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry. We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”
As mentioned, “The OA” is hard to sum up in a quick synopsis, as the 16 episodes cover everything from PTSD and a school shooting to a viral maze app and interdimensional travel. But somehow, creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij made it all work. In a world of streaming series that are renowned for taking chances and crafting stories that would not have been possible 10 years ago, “The OA” seemed like the poster child for just how unique a Netflix series could be. Unfortunately, being unique and daring doesn’t always equal popular.
So, as we mourn the untimely demise of one of the best offerings on Netflix, it’s only fitting to get out of our seats and honor the series by doing “the movements.”