The OA- Now that a few days have passed since I've seen it, I'm reminded of the movie Life of Pi (I didn't want to name the movie outside of the spoiler tag as to not ruin the show, but I apologize if I've ruined the film) where it's not the details of the story that matter as much as the spirit or message of the story. I suppose seeing it play out through a school shooting and interpretive dance... I just had a hard time making that leap based more on the idea of it and less on how it fits with the story as a whole. It's fair to say the connective tissue is all there to lead up to that moment, but when I think of the scene in the sense of "this is where the story was building to...", it doesn't sit well with me. I don't mean that in an unethical way (as you point out, goodguy, it's not the easiest of things to include and I can't imagine the filmmakers treated it lightly), just that there seems to be leap in characterization considering the teacher and the four boys realized that Prairie was (possibly) lying. She was orating to the group, but only we saw what was happening and the others could only imagine it, so when Alfonso finds the box in her house (and what was the therapist doing there anyway?) I feel the belief in her is all but decided. For them to change their mind with knowing glances during a remarkably intense moment... Then again I find myself going "well it's a sci-fi show so where do I draw the line?"
t's also interesting that many comments I've read call the movements "dance". That's not wrong, it's just not the first thing that came to my mind. I just kept thinking of it as like a wizard having to wave a wand in a calculated way to have something magical happen. I figured the characters could just do the motion but not as exaggerated or contorted since it seems pretty clear that part of what makes the movements work is mental.