"The OA" was kept under wraps almost until the end, as Netflix wanted to create an aura of mystery and a bit of buzz around its new original show. Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who also directed all the episodes, the first season is a mind-bending journey that starts as a thriller and ends up as a supernatural drama. The viewer will be confused, for sure. But also hooked, as the eight episodes were meant to be watched as a whole.

"We’ve been missing in action for the past two years working on this," joked Brit Marling at the premiere of "The OA" in Los Angeles.

She spoke briefly before the first two episodes aired at The Vista Theatre, wowing an audience full of industry guests and friends.

Notably, she admitted that such an intricated story would've probably been rejected elsewhere. "I don’t think it would’ve been possible to tell a story quite like this even four years ago," she stated, "and it’s because Netflix has been so bold breaking the boundaries of storytelling." Marling, better known for her documentary "Boxers and Ballerinas," said Netflix has become a harbor for young filmmakers to try new things.

"The OA" follows that path, testing the creators' ability to come up with new storytelling techniques.

The story of 'The OA'

If you haven't watched any of "The OA", there are spoilers ahead. The show begins with the mysterious return of Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a blind woman in her late twenties who went missing seven years ago. To the surprise of her adoptive parents (Scott Wilson, Alice Krige), Prairie reappears with her eyesight restored and no explanation as to where she's been and what happened to her during those years.

Now, what could be a medical/legal thriller rapidly becomes a supernatural drama. Prairie confides in a group of unlikely friends and tells them the fantastic yet dramatic story of her childhood blindness and recent captivity. Premonitions, near death experiences, the ability to resurrect a dead man – it all hits the viewers in the face before they can ask what "OA" means.

However, as soon as Marling's exquisite performance convinces the viewer, the ending destroys everything.

Is she a crazy maniac with a big imagination? Was she telling the truth? Were we taken? Is there an old lady waiting for us in a sparkling after-life universe? The group of friends she confided in end up suspecting it was all a lie, and so does the viewer.

Is there a second season?

One cannot tell for sure before Netflix confirms it, but the ending of season one sure opens the door for the story to be continued. It used to be almost impossible for Netflix not to renew an original, but such attitude changed recently: the streaming company canceled four original shows – "Bloodline," "Marco Polo," "Hemlock Grove" and "Lilyhammer."

If "The OA" has the kind of success Netflix's executives expect, a new season can probably be announced in the short term.

The company has, however, withdrawn from the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, due in January.

At the premiere, Brit Marling thanked Netflix profusely for its support. "We owe a lot to them. They’ve been innovators in every turn, in production, marketing, and they’ve shown everyone a lot of trust – which is a hard thing to do."

Even though some parts of the show are too slow or seem to bear no meaning, "The OA" is a binge-ready, binge-worthy show that will make you think about the meaning of life and death in this holiday season.

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