A fan is going on hunger strike to save The OA after it was cancelled by Netflix
29 August 2019, 13:53 | Updated: 29 August 2019, 14:53
Fans are trying everything possible to save The OA following its shocking season 2 cancellation at Netflix.
Netflix shocked fans of The OA earlier this month when the show was unceremoniously cancelled following its mind-bending second season. The cast and fans of the show reacted to the sad news, with some viewers launching the #SaveTheOA campaign, alongside multiple petitions. The effort to save the show continues weeks after the announcement and fans are doing everything they can think of to bring it back – including flash mobs, billboards, and even a hunger strike.
Fans of The OA are serious about saving the delightfully strange sci-fi epic. From the brain of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the show first premiered back in 2016 and quickly amassed a cult following among Netflix viewers.
As the LA Times reports, a group of fans recently raised $5,000 for a "Save The OA" billboard in Times Square. According to a YouTube video posted by Fleeting Films, fans of The OA flew in from all over the world to participate in a flash mob where they performed the signature "movements" from the show.
The OA Times Square Flashmob & Billboard HD
In the show, the "movements" can be used to open and travel to another dimension. For example, in season 2 of the series, Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling) is able to travel to a parallel dimension via the "movements" after being shot in season 1.
Meanwhile, another fan has revealed that they are on a hunger strike to save the show.
Update on the continuing protest to #SaveTheOA.— E. T. Young (@emverse) August 22, 2019
This morning, the flowers and chalk on the sidewalk were gone. Might have been the city, or @Netflix trying to erase any trace of us. (Care to comment, N?)
I will not be erased. I will stand on this corner for as long as it takes. pic.twitter.com/dCd3FACYQm
I know how it looks to protest a TV cancellation with a hunger strike. I'm hoping the apparent absurdity of this will draw some attention to the real underlying absurdity. The rampant, unchecked greed that's been allowed to flourish without regard for human suffering.— E. T. Young (@emverse) August 21, 2019
Now that is a dedicated fan base.
Jason Isaacs even commented on the fan's hunger strike.
Passionately, incisively and beautifully argued but please, please don't harm yourself to honor a story that celebrates how we can help each other to undo harm. Sending you and the other flashmob angels all our awe. We see you. #TheOA https://t.co/e7JRbuV6LZ— Jason Isaacs (@jasonsfolly) August 26, 2019
As Variety reports, there are no current plans to wrap up the series with a movie (like Netflix did with Sense8). And, unfortunately, the chances of it being picked up by another platform (like Pop TV did with One Day At A Time) are also slim.
But fans have kept the dream alive in the hope that Netflix will hear their pleas to save The OA.