ByFranco Gucci, writer at
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Franco Gucci

Netflix has been giving us amazing content throughout the year like Daredevil Season 2, Stranger Things and Luke Cage. Now they have yet another surprise for us in the form of a new original sci-fi series, The OA, due to drop on December 16.

If you've never heard of this show before, it's most likely because it was announced a year ago, but we knew next to nothing about it. Fortunately, the streaming site dropped the first trailer today. Check it out in all its eerie glory:

Just before releasing the trailer, the official Netflix Twitter account tweeted three vaguely ominous questions to tease:

These tweets were followed by footage of a distressed young woman running across a bridge. The tagline for the series is "Trust the unknown" and here's the official synopsis:

From Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the visionary filmmakers behind 'Sound of My Voice' and 'The East', comes a powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection and the borders between life and death. The Netflix original series 'The OA' is an odyssey in eight chapters produced in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, Netflix and Anonymous Content. The groundbreaking series offers audiences a singular experience that upends notions about what long-format stories can be.

The , premise and marketing are sure cryptic but... what can we learn from them?

Where Was Our Protagonist All These Years?

She disappeared when she was a little girl and blind but returned a long time later, able to see. Where did she go? Did anyone take her? How was her blindness cured? All of these questions point to the biggest and most intriguing aspects of the show: Why is she back and what is ? We might have a clue for that from something we got a glimpse of in the trailer:

The Markings On Her Back

This is quite the gruesome enigma. At first I thought they had something to do with aliens, but what if the show is tackling a different storyline? While the font of the title does indicate a more technologically-inspired series, teased the nature of the first season with their tweets related to death, darkness, and light:

Those themes could mean the show won't be about the usual alien abduction story but something perhaps more mystic, as the aesthetic of this setting seems to indicate:

We've seen in recent years an increased popularity for shows dealing with extremely bizarre premises or grappling with larger, more existential ideas or conspiracies. And The OA is surely one of them, which, if it ends up resonating with people could mean that...

'The OA' Could Be A Great Replacement For The Off Seasons Of 'Westworld' And 'Stranger Things'

and were the outstanding series of 2016, with millions of people buzzing about them on social media, dissecting every possible detail and following every single story thread because of their nature. Both shows have a very specific structure that deals with over-arching mysteries pivotal for their lifespans. Yes, all shows deal with enigmas, but ones that get resolved by the end of a season, leaving them open for new storylines.

HBO and Netflix's new hits have mysteries that are essential for what the show is about. While the end of their respective first seasons gave closure to some matters, it left open others to keep us tuning in to find out what's actually going on behind everything.

That's the approach The OA seems to be taking, giving us plenty of head-scratching sci-fi related questions and no answers with just the first trailer. I don't know about you, but when I see a where a young woman dodges cars to throw herself off a bridge after disappearing for years with healed vision, I'm already lining up to binge-watch the first season to discover what that was all about.

This means now the perfect time to release it. Given how second seasons for Westworld and Stranger Things are still far away, The OA could fill the void left by their absence and satisfy fans of the increasingly-popular genre and perhaps leave them more open-minded to shows with much creepier vibes.

Now, all that remains to see is whether or not it can deliver, and we can find out when The OA gets released on December 16.

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Will you be watching The OA on Friday? Do you think it will fill the void left by Stranger Things and Westworld?


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