8 The OA
Netflix has an unnerving way of suddenly dropping a show into our laps without a word of warning and then sitting back and waiting to see what happens, like a performance artist wrapping a tree in fluffy scarves and hoping that people notice their handiwork and Instagram it for their friends to make a viral hit. And people definitely noticed when The OA popped up just before Christmas to confuse the hell out of us.
The worst part is that we can’t discuss it without leaking spoilers for those who haven’t seen it yet, but the bare basics boil down to this: show co-creator Brit Marling plays a blind woman who suddenly appears, fully sighted, after a seven-year absence, but she’ll only reveal what happened to her during that time to a group of misfits she assembles around her for storytelling sessions.
Jason Isaacs is gut-clenchingly creepy, there are hints of Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain during its more surreal moments, and nobody really knows what’s going on. Brilliant telly, in other words.