Love it or hate it, the Netflix series The OA is one of
the most unusual and daring TV shows in years.
Writer Sara Lynn Michener says that much of the
show’s originality comes from series co-writer and
star Brit Marling.

“A lot of content creators—a lot of showrunners—
are out there going, ‘OK, what’s the next big story?'”
Michener says in Episode 376 of the Geek’s Guide
to the Galaxy podcast. “Or they sort of latch onto
other people’s stories and say, ‘How do we tell
this?’ But you really feel that sense of authenticity
from her, that she is very desperately trying to
rearrange the way that we tell stories entirely, and I
just have so much respect for her.”



Unfortunately for the show’s small but devoted
fanbase, Netflix recently canceled The OA after two
seasons. Science fiction writer Anthony Ha was
disappointed but not surprised, given recent trends
at Netflix.

“They had a really bad quarterly earnings report, and
subscriber growth is not going the way they want it
to, so they had a number of cancellations around
the same time,” he says.

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley
had major misgivings about the season 2 finale, but
is still disappointed that the show is ending.
“I would give a lot to know what the plan was for
seasons 3, 4, and 5, and I would be happy to have
it demonstrated that they had something that was
going to work,” he says. “I think it’s an absolute
tragedy if we never find out the answer to that
question.”

Even if there are no more episodes of The OA,
screenwriter Rafael Jordan is confident that Marling
will continue to produce great work.
“I think Brit Marling is one of the most talented
people in Hollywood,” he says, “and I think if that’s
the end of the show, it was still two superlative
seasons and we were lucky to have it.”
Listen to the complete interview with Sara Lynn
Michener, Anthony Ha, and Rafael Jordan in
Episode 376 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above).
And check out some highlights from the discussion
below.

Anthony Ha on Hap:
“He clearly has ambition and greed and anger, but
that doesn’t obviate the idea that he has ideals as
well, and he feels maybe the most human of any of
the characters on the show, and in general I like the
arc that they took him on. I think with a number of
television shows—and also the Marvel movies—
there’s this [pattern] where as the villains stick
around they become softened, and become more
like anti-heroes or allies of the heroes, and I think
in this case they did something really smart by
continuing to reveal different aspects of him without
ever soft-pedaling the monstrousness of what he
was doing.”

Sara Lynn Michener on the Bay Area:
“Throughout the year they have these crazy parties
that are often themed, where people walk around
reciting scripts and reading poetry, and there are
just a lot of really strange little subcultures and
communities in San Francisco. … There’s a lot of
drugs and a lot of money, and a lot of people who
feel sort of disenfranchised and are trying to expel
themselves from this world that they’re actively
participating in, and trying to see themselves
beyond it. And there’s a lot of tech bros who are
trying to save the world in less than ethical ways,
and so [The OA] is just nonfiction to me. Which is
hilarious to say about something so out there, but
it’s true.”