I binge-watched a new Netflix series, something I haven’t done for ages. I passed it by on the new releases list at least a dozen times and only chose to watch it based on the recommendation of a dear friend. “You will love it!” she assured me. I read the details and was skeptical–more dystopian sci-fi-fantasy–aren’t folks getting tired of it yet?
The OA—torture, death, mad science, and . . . dance? Since watching it I’ve turned it over and over in my head trying to understand what sucked me into the drama so quickly and completely and why I found it so fascinating. The plot was certainly intriguing, the acting excellent, and for once in a sci-fi-fantasy, the character development was integral and intricate. I found the characters quite believable, and complex, based on archetypes I see in the real world.
I watched it at just the right time, I suppose, that could be part of it. It was a gloomy, rainy Valentine’s day; I was alone and a little lonely. I find more often than not, timing is everything.
For a dozen posts now I’ve been trying to wrap my head around science fraud and fantasy, and its perpetrators, and there we have a scientist who manifests many of the very issues I’m grappling with in these realms—he is brilliant, passionate, dedicated, and believes wholeheartedly in his work. That his lab rats are enslaved, imprisoned human beings is entirely secondary to him.
He’s not insane. He’s not driven by greed or notoriety, as a ‘lesser’ man might be, but rather by authentic curiosity, truth, purpose and an obsessive mission to understand death. A man so consumed with his own goal that he gambles almost mercilessly with other people’s lives. His discoveries will change the world, he claims, in order to justify his psychotic actions.
The ends justify the means. A delusional reality I see manifesting all around me. According to the research of Dane Wigington, in a decade’s time the ecosystem will be so destroyed that humans will not be able to survive. I realize many folks call this ‘fear porn’ and claim someone is always predicting the end of the human race. But,
I also see the morbid truth in the power structure we’ve been handed. Power over others is an aphrodisiac and we have drunken pirates at the helm. Without spoiling the plot of The OA, I will recall a pivotal point that I found very compelling: The only way out of this rat’s maze is to stop behaving like rats and take the experiment into our own hands.
In the words of a current favorite Youtuber, “Justice is Just us.” Crrow777
This week’s breadcrumbs:
I did not want to go there, but when that’s what’s showing up everywhere, that would be a coward’s move. Human trafficking, sex slavery, pedophile rings, organ harvesting condoned and practiced from the very top and due to come toppling down.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qLgI1jjq7U&t=4830s whistleblower Kathryn Bolkovac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV50XDflfso exposing Dyncorp – oh, what’s in a name
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IClVKyb63m4 Sibel Edmunds, whistleblower