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The OA: Away
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We are Netflix and Chillin' with part four of my look at 'The OA' with this episode titled 'Away'... yeah I realized the joke of the title too.
THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES
We finally learn
flat out what HAP is up to, he is obsessed with proving that ‘death’
is not the end, and sure, various religions have their various forms
of afterlife, but it’s a leap of faith because you don’t really
know if there is something after death. And HAP’s obsession proves
two things for me, one he’s afraid of dying (And who isn’t) and
two he’s doing it for fame & recognition, because if he has
proof that there is something ‘beyond’, the methods he used to
get those results will be ignored and he’ll be declared a hero, a
genius in the realm of medical science. When I think about it, HAP’s
goal as revealed in this episode strikes me as the ground work for
what I saw in the ‘Black Mirror’ episode San Junipero, where the
‘after life’ was built by man as a comfort for those to know
there is ‘something’ there for them when they die.
Because lets face
it, HAP’s methods are immoral as hell, kidnapping, gassing, and
repeatedly KILLING his test subjects, though because the NED factor,
he can bring them back, or Homer back, as he has come up with plans
to slowly but surely learn about HAP’s plans. Basically it comes
down to Prairie and Rachel sucking the gas (nicknamed Devil’s
Breath,) out of the vents and allow HAP to be totally aware of what’s
going on so he can ‘remember’, because the gas effects the short
term memory. I’m sure the dying part doesn’t help.
Oh yeah, let’s
talk about that… turns out it was HAP that drilled Prairie in the
back of the head at the end of the last episode and she had a NED,
where she got a choice to either stay with her father in the other
world or go back… because of the unfair choice she is given a bird
to eat whole, and wakes up with her sight back. So we got that
explained… though the Voi, Khatun, seems to be bit of a dick about
it, preferring if Prairie didn’t go back… at least that’s the
vibe I got. Other than that, Prairie doesn’t do much, she speaks to
the FBI counselor, who basically tells her the ‘natural thing to do
is heal’ but she can’t do that.
On the subject of
learning things, we learn something about Jesse, he comes from a
broken home, smokes bongs with his sister, his mother committed
suicide, his dad left at one point and time… and he realizes that
not everyone with a family knows how to make use of it, which he uses
to comfort Ms. Broderick-Allen when he and Steve go to help her pick
up her brothers things from the rehab facility where he was killed.
Yeah you read / heard that right, Steve being helpful. Speaking of
Ms. BA, it’s quite clear Prairie’s story is helping her, as she
settled down to sort out her brother’s affairs, turns out she
turned him into the police, didn’t go to his funeral, but still he
left everything to her after expenses, a lump sum of about $50,000.
So the broke pieces forming a family theory is holding together so
So we’re close
things out with the stand out performances… and first goes to
Phyllis Smith as Ms Broderick-Allen, who we get to see more of a
personality of in this episode, and she’s clearly a sweet nice lady
who made some choices that didn’t quite work out, and that comes
through with Ms. Smith’s performance. The scene with her with Jesse
& Steve in Theo’s room is really sweet and you see the
character underneath. Don’t have a second nod to give someone else,
the other performances were all solid but nothing ‘lept’ out to
grab my attention.
And on that note,
we’ll close up shop here and we’ll back tomorrow to go over
episode 5 of THE OA
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