After five rounds, 64 frantic fandom campaigns and over 1.3 million votes, we can now reveal the RadioTimes.com Sci-Fi and Fantasy Champion 2019 is… The OA!
Fans of the reality-hopping series managed to beat off stiff competition from supporters of 2018 runner-up Outlander, taking 57.76 per cent in the closely-fought final poll – a round in which over 770,000 votes were cast.
The psychic octopus show was helped over the finish line with support from star Jason Isaacs – who played unforgiving scientist Dr ‘Hap’ Hunter in the show.
The victory comes in the midst of the #SaveTheOA campaign to revive the series after it was cancelled by Netflix in August 2019 following two critically-acclaimed seasons.
The drama followed Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a missing blind woman who suddenly reappears with her sight returned after disappearing for seven years. However, the plot quickly evolves into a psychedelic tale of other realities, near-death experiences, mysterious dance movements and consciousness itself.
Unless the show is recommissioned, fans will never see what happened after the second season’s mind-warpingly meta cliffhanger.
Speaking previously to RadioTimes.com, Isaacs said that show creators Marling and Zal Batmanglij have five seasons “mapped out”.
“Believe me, [they] have thought about everything,” he said. “Everybody will be rewarded by the time we reach the end of the journey.”
Kingsley Ben-Adir (who played private detective Karim Washington) also promised fans would be gifted a “crazy” third season if it made it to air. “I know where it’s going in the next season, which is NUTS! Like, unimaginable! Genuinely! Like, not even in a way I’m trying to sell it – It’s crazy!” he said.
Will we ever see it on screens? Well, if the coveted RadioTimes Sci-Fi and Fantasy Champion title means anything, the #SaveTheOA movement just gained even more momentum.
The first two seasons of The OA are available to watch now on Netflix