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After Netflix pulls plug on sci-fi series, fans launch 'Save The OA' campaign

Brit Marling in "The OA." (Nicola Goode/Netflix/TNS)
Brit Marling in "The OA." (Nicola Goode/Netflix/TNS)

By Storm Gifford
New York Daily News

"The OA" is officially DOA but its devoted fan base refuses to let it die.

Hours after the sci-fi thriller — Netflix's creepier, weirder cousin of "Stranger Things" — was canceled, "OA" devotees on Twitter launched a "Save the OA" campaign.

The streaming service pulled the plug on the Brit Marling thriller about 4 { months after the release of its second season.

The show chronicled mysterious protagonist Prairie Johnson (Marling), a blind woman, who after regaining her sight under peculiar circumstances, begins referring to herself as the "Original Angel." She recruits others to help rescue people in different dimensions after her abduction by a diabolical scientist played by Jason Isaacs.

"We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of 'The OA,' and are grateful to (co-creators Marling and Zal Batmanglij) for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing their incredible artistry," said Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland. "We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions."

In addition to Marling and Isaacs, "The OA" starred Emory Cohen ("Brooklyn"), Phyllis Smith ("The Office") and "Spanglish" star Paz Vega.

The final episode of "The OA" ended with a cliffhanger, in which the show's myriad characters appeared to be residing in an alternate universe.

"Zal and I are deeply sad not to finish this story," Marling wrote on Instagram Monday. "The first time I heard the news I had a good cry."

The critical darling had a second-season approval rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes but apparently failed to make a dent with many viewers.

The show's most ardent supporters, gutted by the cancellation, then commenced the "Save The OA" campaign.

Fans weren't the only ones bummed out by the show's run coming to an end.

"Wait what?! Noooo," responded "Glee" star Lea Michele. "I'm devastated!!!!" while Bella Thorne succinctly wrote, "So sad," in response to Marling's original cancellation post.

Despite snubs by Emmy Award voters, "The OA" did snag coveted Writers Guild of America and GLAAD Media Award nominations for its first season.

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