Warning! This article contains spoilers for A Murder At The End Of The World.
- “A Murder at the End of the World” is a new mystery show from the creators of “The OA,” featuring a whole new roster of characters and falling into the murder mystery genre.
- Both “A Murder at the End of the World” and “The OA” share similarities in their non-linear storytelling format and the portrayal of misfit main characters who defy societal judgments.
- “A Murder at the End of the World” continues the critical acclaim of the creators, Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, maintaining their streak of positive reviews and captivating audiences.
A new murder mystery show on Hulu seems like the perfect replacement for an acclaimed Netflix series that was controversially canceled. After premiering on Netflix in 2016, The OA did not acquire the same level of fame as other hit shows like Stranger Things. However, the show’s character beats, underlying philosophical ideas, and exploration of intriguing sci-fi themes resonated with many viewers, which helped it garner a passionate following. Unfortunately, it was abruptly canceled after a two-season run, even though its creators, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, had plans to make it a five-season series.
The show’s controversial cancelation came during a time when streaming giants like Netflix were shifting their focus from churning out a lot of diverse content to prioritizing profit from original TV shows and movies. Since The OA and its relative budget did not drive the required viewership and engagement numbers to get renewed for season 3, the streaming giant prematurely ended its run. Fortunately, The OA‘s creators have now developed a new murder mystery show that might finally fill the gaping hole The OA‘s cancelation left behind.
A Murder At The End Of The World Is A New Mystery Show From The OA’s Creators
Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij have a new mystery series on FX/Hulu
The creators of The OA, Brit Marling and Zat Batmanglij, are now the showrunners for FX’s A Murder at the End of the World. Apart from being one of the creators of the show, Brit Marling also stars as one of the leading characters in the FX limited series. Since A Murder at the End of the World is Marling and Batmanglij’s first foray into television after The OA, many viewers have been speculating that it could be a spiritual successor to the Netflix series. However, A Murder at the End of the World features a whole new roster of characters and, as its title suggests, falls more into the murder mystery genre, unlike The OA.
The OA initially presented itself as a mishmash of science fiction and supernatural drama, with its explorations of near-death experiences and interdimensional travel. A Murder at the End of the World, in contrast, focuses on the crime-solving endeavors of an amateur Gen Z sleuth, Darby, who somehow finds herself solving a murder mystery at a tech billionaire’s secluded retreat. However, despite belonging to two different genres and having distinct characters, A Murder at the End of the World and The OA seemingly have a lot in common. While the most evident connective thread is Brit Marling’s involvement as a cast member, there are several other subtle parallels between the two.
A Murder at the End of the World is available on Hulu for streaming.
A Murder At The End Of The World Repeats Several Key Components Of The OA
A Murder at the End of the World & The OA share plenty of similarities
Like The OA, A Murder at the End of the World does not settle for a conventional linear storytelling format. Instead, it begins with “the end.” Like Emma Corrin’s Darby recites the ending of her book’s story in the opening episode, and only then, the series unfolds all the incidents that led to the climatic event of her past timeline, Brit Marling’s Prairie in The OA first reveals her final objective to her newfound friends in her hometown and only then gives them a detailed backstory of how it all started. Both Praire and Darby are presented as misfits in the two shows who are often looked down upon by the people around them.
However, despite being belittled and devalued, both characters evolve beyond societal judgments and demonstrate resilience and strength in the face of extreme danger. Their ability to find answers even in the gravest situations proves that their inner fortitude transcends initial perceptions. Other than the similarities between the two main characters, viewers may also notice that the two shows have similar settings. Just like Prairie and the other prisoners find themselves trapped inside the circular cage in Hap’s basement, the guests at Ronson’s retreat are seemingly locked up in a circular isolated hotel. Even when it comes to appearance, A Murder at the End of the World‘s Andy Ronson and The OA‘s Dr. Hap seem similar.
A Murder At The End Of The World Continues The OA’s Critical Acclaim
A Murder at the End of The World & The OA both have high Rotten Tomatoes scores
A Murder at the End of the World continues a Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling trend. Their first feature film, Sound of My Voice, has a Certified Fresh rating of 76% on Rotten Tomatoes. Even their second collaboration, The East, is Certified Fresh at 77%. The OA, which they worked on after The East, maintained their streak by earning positive reviews from both viewers and critics. A Murder at the End of the World, too, is currently Certified Fresh at 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, establishing that Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling are a force to be reckoned with, and their collaborative effort continues to captivate audiences.