The second season of The OA picks up directly after the first one ended. Having successfully jumped after she was shot OA (Brit Marling) finds herself in a new dimension in the body of a Nina Azarova that never experienced the bus crash that changed Prairie’s life. Confused by where she is and how she got there OA ends up back in the clutches of Hap (Jason Isaacs) and is horrified that he has rounded up her former fellow captives to continue his research. The worst part is that Homer (Emory Cohen) doesn’t seem to remember his former self.
As OA tries to make sense of her life and its purpose, the gang she left behind begin to receive messages from other dimensions.
Meanwhile Private Investigator, Karim Washington (Kingsley Ben-Adir) takes on a case to find a missing girl that leads him to a mysterious house.
Once again The OA delves deep into all the core philosophical questions that humans ask themselves. What is the self? How are we all connected? What is reality? Where do we go when we die? What is acceptable collateral damage when it comes to making a great discovery? It proposes some answers but introduces just as many questions if not more.
This season is equally as bonkers as the first and the ending is even more of a head scratcher than the first season’s was. Personally I find it completely intriguing. I love the mysteries and connections that Marling makes alongside her co-creator Zal Batmanglij and I am totally on board for the journey.
Marling gives another impassioned, sensitive performance and she is well matched by Ben-Adir, who plays a character as caged behind his own walls as Prairie was caged by Hap. They have a wonderful chemistry and seeing the relationship between them build gives the series new freshness.
If you are up for talking octopuses, communication through dreams, houses that are also puzzles and flowers growing out of people’s ears then you’ll love this. If not… maybe steer clear. The ending is once again completely open, which is a little frustrating. As far as I am aware the show has been renewed but if another season did not happen in many ways it would all be for naught.
I will be re-watching this before the proposed next season comes out in the hope of finding some clarity but I already cannot wait. Marling and Batmaglij are excellent storytellers and I am ready for the next chapter.