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The OA: Champion
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We're up to episode three of the Netflix original series 'The OA', which is titled 'Champion', where we see just how life was for Prairie with Dr. HAP
THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES
In this episode we
don’t get much in the way of knowing more about Prairie’s group,
Steve and French get into a fight and that they’ve known each other
since they were at least 12 years old, and Steve was the dominate
one, but in the fight seen in this episode French basically chokes
Steve out. Ms.Broderick-Allen lost her brother and doesn’t seem to
want to move on from it, so she probably has no family left… but
she did get Steve put into an alternate learning class where he sees
a girl more off-centered than he is, possibly make him think he’s
not that off the rails.
We did get see a lot
of what Dr. HAP has done, had four captives, Prairie, Homer, Scott
and Rachel, all four of which had NEDs, there was a girl named August
and because of HAP’s work, she’s dead. Prairie does win HAP’s
trust to be be his ‘house keeper’, even coming up with a way to
try and incapacitate him (though nearly killing him by not knowing
about his allergy to Tomatoes) and being quite clever to try and find
away out of the situation, including following Homer’s plan to get
his ring and bill to try and send out a call for him, which kind of
In terms of the
personalities of Prairie’s fellow captives, Homer the star QB has a
son and he wants to get word out that he didn’t walk out on him,
which was his motivation for coming up with a plan to send out a
distress signal, he is perceptive in a way, but kind of dull. Scott
seems to be a typical ‘dude’ who’d just sit on the porch with
cigarette and a coffee…. Rachel has an interesting back story, she
took her little brother and headed down to Nashville to make it as
singer but on the way, the van she was driving flipped over and her
voice ‘changed’, she certainly has a great singing voice.
The ending of the
episode, seeing Prairie actually shoving HAP down a flight of stairs
and making her escape certainly was shocking. She hesitated, but we
hear the others telling her to run… thing is she’s blind… she
gets out of HAP’s house, but she’s in the middle of freaking
nowhere! She makes it to a cliff and then is whacked on the head by
the butt of a rifle (from what it looked like)
Something that did
piss me right the hell off about this episode was Nancy, easily being
swayed by some fame-seeking writer looking to get another best-seller
off of a ‘returning abducted victim’. I will say this, the
writer was right in way about ‘telling a story’ is good to
exorcise the situation, but as Prairie says, her story is just
performances… well a large chunk of this episode revolved around
Brit Marling as Prairie in terms of body positioning and navigation,
establishing that once she knows where everything is we can believe
Prairie can get around HAP’s place without help, so that’s a
credit to Marling’s ability to convey it and make it work. And as a
Star Trek fan it was great to see Rosalind Choa pop up as the
reporter in a nice little guest spot . I know she’s done a lot
since Star Trek Deep Space Nine… but she is still Keiko O’Brien
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Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.
They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…
And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.
But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.
For those of you who may not know: Ardra was the antagonist in the season four episode, ‘Devil’s Due’, where the Enterprise-D responds to a distress call from a planet that was being tormented by a person claiming to be their Devil. Ardra in actuality is a con-woman who uses her knowledge of the planet’s culture along with devices like transporters, holograms a…