In a meta way, the question "What is the OA?" is also one of the driving dramatic tensions of the series. As Prairie acclimates herself back to the barren suburban sprawl that she grew up in, she's quickly on the hunt for information, scrambling for a Wi-Fi password so she can begin Googling the name "Homer Roberts." Her mania will be familiar to anyone who spent weeks researching "Carcosa" and "the Yellow King" during True Detective's reign as the brain-teaser of the month.
Through a slightly contrived series of events involving a local drug dealer named Steve (Patrick Gibson), she falls in with some local teenagers and a high school teacher played by The Office's Phyllis Smith. Soon she's leading them on late-night vision-quest-y flashback sessions in an abandoned house, where she explains her childhood as a blind Russian girl, her unconventional adoption, and how she ended up the lab rat of Jason Isaacs' death-obsessed doctor character. Like the similarly thorny Westworld, The OA occasionally confuses narrative density with profundity. But if you like untangling mythology, it's worth putting the work in.