The OA: Part II Review: Just Suspend All Disbelief and You Won't Be Disappointed in Season 2

TVGuide.com | 3/15/2019 | Amanda Bell
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The OA is back and crazier than ever.

The first season of Netflix sci-fi series The OA, Brit Marling's passion project with Zal Batmanglij, was delightfully bonkers — defying expectations with every strange twist and leaning into its sillier elements with such vim that it was easy to get sucked into, no matter how outlandish those dance moves were. Prairie (also known as Nina and OA) was an unreliable narrator who delivered her story in increasingly unbelievable pieces; she expected her audience on the show and at home to take a major leap of faith in believing what she had to say and committing to follow along for her next big move. For those of us who could surrender to the whole thing, it was terribly thrilling.

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The second season is even more challenging, as it asks audiences to acclimate to new and even wilder layers of the show's puzzle — and this time, we're not just taking in her little midnight story sessions and practicing the moves alongside her two new squads. We are instead experiencing these massive new developments right alongside her.

Before you proceed any further, be warned that from this point on, this review contains mild spoilers for The OA: Part II — although as with the first season, even if you go in knowing every last detail about the show, it still won't quite prepare you for what's ahead.

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Part II picks up right where the first season left off — OA has been gravely injured by the cafeteria shooter, and her merry band of misfits are left to wonder what happened to her. As the trailer reveals, OA has left her old body and woken up in an alternate dimension wherein Barack Obama was never president of the United States, and she grew up in the care of...
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