This blog post is being created to gather my thoughts/links to the multi-layered show, The OA. I believe it to be more than just a work of Sci-fi fantasy fiction. It is a complicated puzzle and a work of art in itself. I want to explore the different facets of the show to influence a future painting and figured I would make that process visible to others. If you have not watched the Netflix show, The OA, you may not wish to read this blog post because there will be lots of spoilers and part of the fun is having the show reveal itself slowly.
BRAILLE: I will start with what I 'discovered' last night, since it is fresh in my mind and seems at first glance to be very important. It started with the question, "If the braille in the FBI therapist's office says 'RACHEL,' what do the other braille references say, specifically the braille on Khatun's face?" At first I only found fragments of translations or guesses, but then in this post on Reddit, U_Nomad_Bro says "I believe, based on the fragments that are legible, that Khatun's face contains the first line of the first poem in Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies: "Wer, wenn ich schriee, hörte mich denn aus der Engel Ordnungen? ("Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the hierarchies of angels?")" The entire poem contains 10 Elegies and at first glance contains a lot of references that could tie it to the creation of this story, i.e. gardens, angles, rivers, references to being between life and death, etc. I plan to look it over in more detail and update this post.
THE OA - Some have posited that it stands in for "DOA," as in "dead on arrival," an indicator that Prairie's imagining the whole of the show from beyond the veil. Others suggest that it could refer to the omega and alpha, a Biblical allusion that perverts the usual duality by placing the end of creation before the beginning. One viewer floated the notion that Prairie could be some manner of cult leader, with OA as her title of authority in the group.
RACHEL - Rachel stands apart from Prairie’s fellow captives for several reasons: She is the only one who does not access one of the Movements they use to travel between dimensions, her name appears in braille in the FBI therapist’s office, and the plants in her cell are dead. Some fans are theorizing she’s secretly an FBI agent herself in disguise. While there’s nothing to definitively prove this, the plants are certainly a sign that Rachel is different.
HOMER - Right before Homer’s NDE, he sneaks into Hap’s office and listens to a tape. In it, a man’s voice says, “Your name is not Homer” and, “Do you know Dr. Roberts?”
WOLVES - Prairie’s wolf sweatshirt shows up every time something significant happens in the plot. It’s there when French finds the books beneath her bed; she wears it at the end as she rushes to the school. It could be symbolic, as the wolf is connected with the Slavic god of the underworld. Homer has a school mascot sweatshirt that features a wolf.
Sites with fun observations/theories for future reference:
MoviePilot 'The OA' is Absolutely Loaded with Easter Eggs - This page points out the color purple and how it runs throughout the show. The bullet mark is 5-pointed like the fish tanks and jail cells. Their reference to art is really interesting... Redditor ColorMySoul88 discovered an intriguing link between the paintings of Russian artist Kasimir Malevich and the events of the show. His paintings include 'House Under Construction', 'Airplane Flying' and even 'Painterly Realism of a Football Player- Color Masses in the 4th Dimension'. His style of art was inspired by an artistic movement called the Fourth Way, which was invented by another Russian: George Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff once suffered a near-death accident, and taught "sacred dances" to groups of his students.
Reddit - Seeminglygood wrote some great observations!
Inverse 12 Important Details You May Have Missed in 'The OA' This site is a good reference for location themes such as the mines, gardens, fish tanks, etc.
MoviePilot 8 Mind-Boggling Theories That Explain 'The OA' - References to Rachel and her possible FBI involvement. Theories on Homer and his connection to French.
Kenzo Purfume Ad - I like having a quick reference to this since the person who choreographed it also created the Five Movements. I think this ad is why I love the movements so much. Wishing there was a good tutorial out there to learn them.