I'm wrapping up my look at the Netflix Original Series 'The OA' tonight, with episode 8, titled Invisible Self... because I had to see how it ended after watching episodes 6 and 7 earlier!
THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES
Well that was a big left turn with the final episode in the season, with doubts raised about everything! Opening with Prairie finishing her story and then everyone in town showing up in the house, seeing her with Ms. BBA, Jesse, Steve, Buck and French… seeing French discover books in the Johnson’s house that make him believe everything Prairie said was made up… plus truths like Prairie left a note and Nancy hiding it from Able because of her greed to be loved… and the conclusion… revealing that all five movements were in fact important to help Prairie cross over but not in the way we would’ve thought.
Now I haven’t read what others have said or wrote about finale, but for me, personally… it makes sense… Priarie has had visions at key moments in her life, one for when she first died, the second for when she met HAP… and the third being a large room with glass windows all around… and it vision of a school shooting… and she rushes to try and stop it… but in a great bit of bravery, BBA, Jesse, Steve Buck and French use the movements to distract the gun man who when he’s tackled fired and hits Prairie who probably just arrived at the instant the fifth and final movement was done. And Prairie crosses over… Steve hears her ‘leaving’ and wants to go with her… proving that she was telling the truth all along.
Oh yeah.. the fifth movement… where did that come from? Well remember the Sheriff whose wife has ALS? HAP managed to give him hope saying his ‘prisoners’ can heal her, which Prairie and Homer reluctantly do… and it turns out that the Sheriff’s wife had the 5th movement all along, and she was waiting until she met the two angels that she was told she would meet when she had a NDE as a little girl. This unfortunately means HAP ends up getting the fifth symbol and he ends up ditching Prairie in the middle of the no-where cause since he knows all the movements he can be the fifth and cross-over with Homer & the others… which leads to everything Prairie said that happened, about her coming across a shelter and us seeing her jump off the bridge in the first episode. But was HAP successful we don’t know, the last image of the episode is Prairie in a white room asking ‘Homer?’ if unsure… and we are left with questions.
With that said, there wasn’t a single stand out performance in this episode… but the moment of the group’s movements to distract the shooter stands out as a perfect moment, cause it easily could have gone so wrong, but it does show the positives that has come out of things… cause just before it we see the Ms. BBA has lost her job but she isn’t upset about, Steve hasn’t been shipped off to Asheville, Vu, Jesse and French are seemingly back in their own world… but when the danger happened, all five came together… and it was just perfect
So on that note… should their be a season two? Answer is yes… or at the very least a two-hour film of sorts, because the fact that ‘doubts’ were raised within this episode and the ending kind of shows there is something more that proves the ‘truth’ to the viewer, and there is something to be explored there. Because wouldn’t it be something if we saw Prairie return with Rachel, Scott, Homer and Renata, the first five and the second five encounter each other… so as you can tell, I’m on the side of everything within the context of the show being truth because with the 'multi-world' theory being introduced, it opens up a real of possibilities!
And on that note, that’s the final episode of the OA first and hopefully not last season… a few days earlier than I planned but hey, it’s my channel / site, I can change plans.