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Full Title:: The OA



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Season 1

Invisible Self

The OA: [about a girl he is interested in]  It's okay. You don't want to go there until your invisible self is more developed anyway.

The OA: Well, it's okay. You don't want to go there until your invisible self is more developed anyway.


The OA: You know, your... longings, the desires you don't tell anyone about.

Steve:I was just starting to think you were okay, but you blew it.

The OA: You spend a lot of time on thevisible you. It's impressive. But she probably thinks the invisible you is missing.

Steve: Let's just say this girl was worried about my invisible side... Which she's not, 'cause she just likes to fuck. But say she was... How do I, like, show her I got it?

The OA: Maybe try closing your eyes. Just more often or... Being blind was powerful. It made me listen. And it made people underestimate me.

"The biggest mistake I made was believing that if I cast a beautiful net, I’d catch only beautiful things."

"Captivity Is A Mentality. It’s A Thing You Carry With You."

"We all died more times than I can count"


Episode:: S01E01 Homecoming

"[beginning her meeting with the five]: I'm gonna tell you my story from the beginning. And there will come a point when you'll see why you're here what you might do together, how you could help people that you'll never meet. But you have to pretend to trust me until you actually do.


Episode:: S01E01 Homecoming

"I want you to close your eyes. I want you to imagine everything I tell you as if you’re there yourself, as if you’re with me, as if you are me."

"Knowledge is as a rumor until it lives in your don't really know something until your body lives it."

Episode:: S01E04 Away

“I don't want to be examined, I prefer to remain unknown, even to myself."

Episode:: S01E05 Paradise

Season 2

"It's a puzzle. A game is one side against another. There's a winner. And a loser. Puzzles don't have losers. [Well you lose if you don't solve it.] No you're stuck if you don't solve it The designer wants the player to figure it out. It's not a war. It's a mystery."

"Ultimately, a puzzle is a conversation between the player and the maker. The puzzle maker is teaching you a new language. How to escape the limits of your own thinking and see things you didn't know were there. [Sounds like God] Except it real."

"It’s our inability to conceive of things that holds us back"

"To Exist Is To Survive Unfair Choices."

"No tree survives alone in the forest. When one tree falls ill, we all send food. For if one tree dies, the canopy is broken. Then all suffer the weather and pestilence that flood in."

Knowledge is a rumour until it lives in the body

"I got to see another version of my life here. One in which I was given everything. Money, fulfillment of dreams, my father who loved me. As Prairie I had none of these things. My life was one hardship after another. And then I met you. Nina saw the whole world." [Looks up at Hap]  "But I saw underneath it. I was pressed down like coal. I suffered. That's what an angel is... Dust. Pressed into a diamond by the weight of this world. You crushed me before I had the chance to become anything. You crushed me but you didn't destroy me. I died and came back to life with something you'll never have. You have violence, and terror, and loneliness" [Stands up]  "I have power" [Lights in building all turn on]  "We have faith."

Referenced in

November 4th, 2021

What we're trying to do with Video/Show/The OA is ask 'can you tell a compelling story that champions what people can do together as much as we've championed what a person can do on their own ( Hero's Journey )

December 4th, 2020

Rereading and rewatching some of Video/Show/The OA made me realize why I like playing puzzle platformer video games so much