”After watching and rewatching The OA parts 1 & 2, I thought I knew what the show meant to me. In a way I did, I just loved it for different reasons than I do now. Now, more than two weeks after the cancellation announcement (has it really been that long?), I’ve come to understand that what the show has made me feel has transcended into how real people, making real movements has made me feel. By obsessively checking the subreddit, hash-tagging all over my social media accounts, and interacting with the protestors in LA via livestream chat, I feel like I’ve become a part of something so much bigger than myself. Watching a group of people in real time set goals *and achieve them* is truly inspiring.
Reading Brit’s Instagram post today moved me deeply. This post helped me realize that it wasn’t just the show that taught me important lessons, it's cancellation taught me something entirely more important. By being part of this team or tribe or whatever you want to call it, I feel like I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I’ve never been a natural-born leader or a hero, so becoming a part of this community and creating this collective consciousness has meant a lot to me. I’ve come together with so many people all over the world for the same reason—we’ve all been radiating the same love and gratitude and hope and we don’t want that feeling to go away. This feeling may seem fleeting, but it’s always there in your heart. The more we practice (and it is a practice), the easier it will be to hang on to that feeling just a little bit longer. This love that we're all feeling is transformative and knows no bounds. It can penetrate any dimension. So jump.Rhianna
”I don't know what to say .
I loved the choreography. Movement is essencial to the narratives of this time. Dance, the body in movement, ritual practices, the connection to nature can save us from such stupid things that are happening in the world. They can help us realise what is our purpuse in this planet.
The OA was a story that started to bring this and many other important narratives to our screens in such clever ways.
Im profoundly dissapointed with the decision of not continuing this story ....
With this story I made friends, I spent a full day watching the second season with someone that now is a really good friend and it all started with The OA. We had such an amazing time watching the series.
I recommended The OA to many other friends and they always came back to me saying they loved it. It made dance accessible in a totally different way, much more interesting that what's on the mainstream. This show was of quality, really good dramaturgy and cleverly created. Of quality ... although perhaps not quantity? Which is what Netflix wants .... I don't know.
I cannot understand how such a beautifully written story with such lovely cast can be taken away from many people....
I dont know what else to say.
Thanks for those movements!!!J.
”This show completely turned my life around. I was going through serious anxiety (for no reason really) when I discovered this show. It gave me a purpose and made me forget about my anxiety. I can’t even begin to describe the amazing feelings this show gave me and continues to give me. It’s created a movement in the world!! #savetheOA #theOAisrealMackenzie
”When I was three I nearly died in a horrible house fire. When I was five I nearly died again when I drowned in a pool. While drowning I saw the bright light, felt my grandmother’s presence, and started to lean into death’s embrace. I was saved, and I survived. OA’s character resonates with me like no other character ever has, and maybe ever will. I watched her drown and sit with the woman by the pool of water in the stars in her NDEs over and over again. I feel like I’ve been there. I feel like my experiences with death and the connection I have with the spirit world are powerful and special. Even during the first time watching I felt like I already knew this world, these people, this story. It feels so familiar. I need to know the end of this story, because it’s out there, written down and ready to be told. Thank you for fighting for this story. Thank you for fighting for Brit and Zal. We are powerful together, and I’m right there with you.Rachel
”Someone on the GFM posted that it's a "spiritual playground" and that really resonates with me. I'm not religious or anything, but this show was the closest thing I've experienced to a religious experience. Will get more personal after I've had my ice cream./u/colinfirthfanfiction
”Amanda, 45, California
I'm not a spiritual person. In fact, I'm an atheist. And I've never experienced a spiritual awakening like I did watching The OA. In an era of hot garbage everywhere - politics, media, the internet - The OA was a bright, shiny beacon where you could believe in impossible things without irony or cynicism. It is a beautiful piece of art that is both big, bold, and fearless AND fragile. It is to be cherished.
I just read Brit's last Insta post and I'm fully ugly-weeping in my work office. I'm not ready to let this go. I'm going to be grieving for a while./u/fellicitya
”I'm josh from lancaster PA, 38. I watch a lot of tv and movies, I struggle with social anxiety so I don't go out much. At first the OA was just a cool story to me. I remember the trailer for the first season caught my attention because I wanted to see why this blind girl could suddenly see now after having been gone for 7 years. I loved the first season, just Prairie's story sucked me in like I was one of them. I was so curious about so many things and actually angry at the ending. I couldn't believe they posed so many questions, especially whether the story even happened, and left it like that. I was excited when they announced the renewal but sure got antsy waiting over 2 years for it. When it finally arrived I was ecstatic and I couldn't believe that they had taken it so far. I loved how they answered all the questions the first season asked, while creating more. I loved that it was changing dimensions and not just about an angel and the afterlife. It became a living, breathing puzzle to me and I was all the fuckin way in! Especially after the epic meta mindfuck ending, this was an ending I could sit with for a little. Then in May my father passed away suddenly at just 60. I was a complete wreck, I already don't deal with death and change very well. I was very close with my dad and I believe if I didn't have a brother and mom around I probably would have been suicidal. I know I sure as hell don't fear death anymore, whenever my day comes I will welcome it with open arms. That period right after something major like that happens is rough, I was off work for bereavement and just sitting around the house. I had no motivation to go out and do anything and everything just seemed boring to me. I don't really drink much and don't do drugs anymore (approaching 11 years clean on my dad's birthday). I decided to start watching the OA again, it was the only thing I could think of that wouldn't anger or depress me. I escaped into those episodes, seeing so much more the 2nd time through, especially after learning everything from the 2nd season. I started wondering how many dimensions the OA has been through at the start of season 1 because of some things she says that I'd forgotten about. I relished being one of the group again, sitting with Buck and French listening to our OA take us down roads I'd already been down. I really connected with her concept of death not being the end, and the almost positive outlook it has dealing with death. Dealing with my own loss was just simply made easier because of this work of art created by Brit and Zal. Their world was so real to me and the characters and story so perfect that it was like therapy for me. I couldn't be more grateful for this show and i've been completely heartbroken since hearing of its cancellation. I feel like netflix stole something from me and for no real good reason, other than their piss poor marketing effort. I really hope it gets saved or that Brit and Zal can at least share what the entire vision was in some alternate format, because right now my life feels frustratingly empty knowing I may never find out. That's all, feel free to use anything./u/xedobandito
”My name is Tiffany. I’m 27, live in Michigan + I’m a wedding photographer. My husband and I were scrolling Netflix one night, passed The OA and thought “huh — that looks interesting.” We became so intrigued and invested so fast. I was absolutely HOOKED on Scott’s resurrection scene. It was so beautiful and touched me in a way no piece of film/art ever has.
We watched four episodes one night, and the following four the next. I thought the previous scene was the most moving, beautiful thing i had ever seen; but then we watched Part 1’s finale. I cannot even put those feelings in to words, but it has stuck with me ever since the first time I watched it. My husband, who does not show his emotions easily, who I have never seen cry... cried after watching the Crestwood 5 perform the movements. It was so powerful, and so moving.
Part 1 of the OA genuinely changed me and my heart. Part 2 only deepened my love and appreciation for it. Like others have said, The OA was a very spiritual experience. It’s affected me in ways nothing else ever has, and i don’t think ever will.
No matter what happens with this story (though, I do hope and think we can revive it), I am eternally grateful to Brit, Zal and the whole OA team for bringing such magic and light to my life./u/khaleesibear
”I am 24 from the US. I have multiple disabilities and as a result I am mostly housebound. I don’t meet many people or go many places. It is isolating, dehumanizing and physically and emotionally exhausting. Most of the world is only available to me through stories and screens. But I have always been very inwardly focused and sensitive, intent on spending my life changing, growing, and discovering new parts of myself.
I’ve followed Brit and Zal’s work for several years now. I feel there is something to our experience as humans that our society has ignored since long before I was born. I can feel a truth at the tip of my tongue that I can’t quite access or put into words. The OA points a finger at that truth and tries to describe it. We yearn to play, dance, tell stories, and experience emotions and connection that right now gets shut down and covered up. In its place people work to exhaustion, selling a third of their lives to earn their right to stay alive.
We need more. We need to feel like what we are, creatures of the Earth. In absence of the chance to travel, run, roll around in the grass, dance, swim, dig in the dirt, and feel connected in the presence of other people, I have The OA. I can follow its arrow and for a while deeply feel that truth. There is no other story I’ve come across that affects me as much as this one does. I can turn it on and it takes me to a place where I dont feel like I’m actually missing out on anything./u/luxuryplumbus
”I was going through a very nasty divorce when this show first came out. I was in a dark place and scared to even leave my house. Then I watched this show and felt so understood and empowered. I can’t explain it. Something about this show is spiritual. It helped me find myself again. I binged it. Then I rewatched it slowly, and I told myself, if she can survive that then I can survive this.
Edit to add: in a lot of ways I resonated with OA trying to escape from Hap because I felt that’s exactly what I had just done. I am 30 now and live in Atlanta. When I first watched this I was 28. I saw so much of myself in this story. And beyond just seeing myself, as a woman I felt this narrative was for me and I was so desperate for something like this. It really did pull me out of a dark place./u/teslalyf
”My name is Mike. I'm 32 years old and I live in Savannah, GA. I am a DMV processor for the county government.
There has never been anything in the arena of entertainment that has ever affected me the way The OA has. It has turned me into a complete enthusiast. So much so, that I'm pretty sure my family and friends seemed to be concerned about me!
I don't blame them for it, either. The series is so otherworldly—so unique, daring, and bizarre, that I understand that sometimes people will find it a challenge to open their minds and hearts to it. But I also understand how it's one of the most unprecedented and radical pieces of art that has ever graced the global stage. That's why I'm inclined to refer to it as an experiential phenomenon. It rewarded me in a special way for being open and vulnerable enough to receive its mindbending concepts and spiritual boldness. It has taught me to have a different type of appreciation towards art in general, because this is the first time I have seen such a piece that unapologetically strikes chromatic, dissonant, even dichotomous chords in our society. Take a look at the movements for example. It is such a striking art form, that the reaction it produces in people tend to fall on extreme sides of a spectrum. On the one side, people are mesmerized, inspired, maybe even awestruck at its demonstration of raw emotion. On the other side, people either laugh hysterically, or maybe even twist and turn with a sense of cringing awkwardness and discomfort. Either way, to quote Zal in an interview conducted by Jean Bentley from HollywoodReporter.com, "When I read a visceral reaction that's so violent a reaction, I think, 'Ah, interesting, something's happening here.'"/u/mikeyz0
”Óscar, 16, Spain.
I've always got a weird perception about myself. I always had this perception of life, like, I remember being 9 and asking my cousin, "Do you know when you for a moment realize that your living inside your body, your counciousness, like seeing yourself as an stranger?" and she was giving me the weird looks. I always was asking myself what I was doing in here, on this plane, all this questions that I was really intrigued to know the answer, but at the same time I liked not knowing them. Feeling something calling me from inside my body, something that has no spoken words.
I've got this memory of a child, on a beach with this parents, all happy, and I remember being that child, in the water, and I could feel how the waves we're getting higher and suddenly all was black, and cold, feeling myself completely merging with the water. I remember me drowning in the water. I just do. But it’s challeging because I don’t know if it’s real or not.
For a long time I was lost, I hurt myself in numerous ways, and, one midnight at 5am or something , I found The OA on netflix. I watched the final moments on episode 8 of Part I when Nina got her first NDE dying in the water, and then I suddenly got this memory back, this thing that was inside me, calling me, I finally wake up.
The OA has help me to be redirected to my mission. Still to this day, I work hard for knowing my purpose here on earth, on this plane. As OA said, "This is just the beginning"./u/traumatized_angel
”Hi, my name is Lea, female, 54yrs old. I live in Western NC US. I’m self employed as a senior/palliative/hospice caregiver. I help people with their end of life needs and assist in making them comfortable while they pass from this life to the next. I’ve witnessed many who have made that journey. I wholeheartedly believe that we do in fact go to another place. Every person whom I helped in this process would start to see loved ones or even strangers that no one else in the room could see. That vale is very very thin from this life to the next. I’ve seen it through my patients and what they experience. So knowing that perhaps each one of them and all of us will go on to another world/dimension is hopeful. I’m not afraid of dying anymore and this show truly resonates with me and how we treat end of life care. It’s something beautiful and natural and not to be prolonged because of family wishes or big pharma and escalated hospital fees when death is immanent. Another aspect about this show is how it delves into in such detail the underrepresented youth and what’s missing in guiding them or aiding them in those formidable years.... the Steve’s, Alphonso’s, Jesse’s, Bucks out there in the world struggling to navigate through life. This show is deep thought provoking and touches on so many real life dilemmas that exist in our world today. Even our planet! I’m a hiker and love the forest. It’s my go to place to unwind and to rejuvenate my soul...especially after one of my clients have passed. I’m an amateur photographer and love taking pictures in the forest of the mushroom and that hobby led me to study fungi and its connection and place in the forest. EVERYTHING TRULY IS CONNECTED!!! A mushroom is the fruiting body of mycelium which is the root systems under the forest floor. In part 2 in the scene with the OA and the trees I was freaking out because I knew exactly what that scene was talking about. I feel this shows audience , the fans, are a minority and I’m privileged to be in such great company of like minded folks across the globe. So many shows available to watch are pretty much cookie cutter and of no real substance. This show has substance!! The world needs to experience The OA!!! This story needs to be told in its entirety... ALL REMAINING 3 PARTS!! #ExperienceTheOA #SaveTheOA thank you for your time! Not sure if I added anything you’re looking for but this is how I’ve experienced The OA. The creators of this show have really touched on so many important issues we are all facing! So well written and executed. I hope and pray we get to see it to the end in its entirety!/u/gem_sun
”My name is Madi, I’m 21 and living in Alabama.
I am the survivor of sexual assault and have spent the last five years searching for the ability to call myself a “survivor” instead of a victim. The OA showed me how. The OA taught me that I cannot shoulder this alone. And that I’m not supposed to. The Crestwood 5 and Karim taught me how important it is to share my story, especially to people who might not believe you.
The OA helped be cross the “hard to define” border of misogyny and recovery.
Also, I recently started learning and practicing the movements as a way to calm down after panic attacks.
“I survived because I wasn’t alone.”/u/m-bbaum
”It feels like the gateway into the translucent global consciousness. Especially when the air rushes over my arms, while my hair whips against my face. I am hyper aware. It helps my anxiety by rooting my mind like tree roots seeking sustenance. It reshapes my fears into hope of the unfamiliar, whatever that may be./u/Onecatnipple