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
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 back fires.
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 beginning.
Stand out 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 to me.