Monday, January 2, 2017

The OA: Homecoming

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Today I'm starting my watch & review series of the Netflix Original series 'The OA', starting with episode one 'Homecoming'




 

THE GIRL WITH THREE NAMES

Recently I put out a call for recommendations of shows to watch, and one that caught my attention was ‘The OA’, just by the title alone, like what could that possibly mean? Some reviews said it was similar to Stranger Things and I liked that, so today I sat down to watch the first episode… titled ‘Homecoming’ and I liked what I saw and the approach to the story.

We are introduced to Prairie, aka Nina aka the OA…. A once blind young woman who makes am immediate impression by diving feet first off a bridge… and we learn through the course of this episode she’s somewhat special, unique. We learn that she was not not born blind, she was from Russia and some Karma based beings known as the Voi caused an accident to take her life and that of other Russian industrial business leaders to send a ‘message’, she was returned without her sight to keep her from seeing how ugly the world is… we know that she was adopted by Nancy & Abel Johnson at some point and ended up going missing 7 years prior to her taking a jump off the bridge… and she has some great insight as it relates to a person’s inner and outer self.

But the funny thing is about this episode, is the majority of it is all a long cold open, of seeing The OA adapt to being back ‘home’ and meeting some locals, a totally unlikeable Steve who is a bully / pusher / trouble student who would punch a kid in the throat for crossing him one way or another, who by some wild happenstance The OA helps keep in school by pretending to be his stepmother thanks to a ‘strangers on a train’ deal… (sorta back fires), and it’s through this instance we see there is a lot more too her when she gives him some perspective as to why he’s not getting what he wants as he’s too focused on how he’s perceived and now enough on how he is. The OA’s interactions with Steve and his teacher, plus some others coming to her call for help leads to the title credits (which pop up like 40 some odd minutes into the episode) to take us back to where everything for her started.

Things about this episode that stood out is The OA’s conversation with Mrs Broderick-Allen and how a teacher who loses her way can easily just be willing to let a hard case student go to just focus on the ones that are going to succeed, that’s a bit of damning commentary on the station of Education as a whole when you really think about it. The flash back to OA’s childhood in Russia was really well done, and I swear they only made her Russian because they could do a ‘to beat the cold you have to be colder than it’ deal to have Nina step into frozen lake water. Plus this ‘Homer’ The OA wants to find / see, we know who he is as a star Quarterback and that he had a near death experience, being knocked into a coma during a big game, but seemingly recovered.

Performances wise Brit Marling is a strong lead, as she gets across everything about The OA / Prairie’s situation, her emotional state, her needs and her insight. Patrick Gibson as Steve certainly gets across how much of a horse’s ass his character is, but you do get the impression his character will have some growth as indicated with how he takes stock in what The OA says. Not much of an impression was left on me by the other actors / characters in this episode, as they were fine but didn’t capture my attention

So that said, it’s safe to say I’m looking forward to watching episode 2 tomorrow!



Camden Comic Con 2017 News

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With all the stuff I've had to deal with last week, I'm happy that I can report on some news regarding the 2017 Camden Comic Con, as I'm happy to say one of the folks I met last year will be back, that being Diana Leto.


Last year she hosted a workshop on drawing Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony, and of course that actually led to me drawing quite a bit (much to the dismay of some, cause my skills certainly deteriorated a lot from when I used to draw a lot). She is very engaging, quick witted and encouraging at the same time. If you have never had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Leto, then I encourage you to do so! You won't regret it.

Of course as you know, there are a number of other guests that were announced previously, but just a recap:
 Fred Van Lent 
Larry Hama
Neil D. Vokes
Mark Poulton
Jon Schindehette
Bryan J.L. Glass
Mark Morales
Pat Shand

That's an pretty damn impressive line up when you get right down to it, and then you add Ms. Leto on top of it, it gets even better!

Now as a reminder, Camden Comic Con is a free to attend event in the celebration of comic & geek culture. There will be vendors and let me tell you, you certainly will want to bring a decent way to carry stuff with you cause you will want to try and get something from everyone, particularly the artists on hand selling original or custom pieces.  

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Star Trek Online - Neelix, Hirogen & Borg Oh My!

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So making up for my failed Saints Row broadcast, I went back to Star Trek Online... and I should've done this earlier for my first #TeamEmmmmsie twitch stream lol -- Watch live at https://www.twitch.tv/fredcasden


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