Netflix Series ‘The OA’ Features Cameo for Ethereum, Pushing Token Into Mainstream Awareness
Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services out there, reaching millions of customers every day. In recent years, the service has started to create their own shows and movies, which have brought in many viewers as well. In their original show called The OA, Netflix has launched the second season, and reports from NewsBTC indicate that ether is a featured subject.
This sci-fi mystery drama focuses on a puzzle game that is hosted online, which is called Q Symphony. In the premise of the show, one of the characters manages to win a ton of Ether through playing this online game. While it is already surprising enough that the cryptocurrency is featured at all, the storyline has almost nothing to do with money laundering, trading, or even the dark web.
Presently, Ether is considered the second-most popular cryptocurrency, based on its market capitalization on CoinMarketCap. The second half of The OA features more of ether than the first, though the first episode introduces it as the reward provided on the puzzle game. While spoilers will not be found anywhere in this article, the supernatural and science fiction both are major themes. The show starts with the winner of this Ethereum going missing, not long after sending the rewards to her grandmother.
The whole series appears to have been filmed before the problems that arose to cause the bear market, featuring a $31,096 price tag for just over 29 ETH. Perhaps it would’ve been better to update the price to something more current? It appears that the reality that The OA is set in is far away from this one, in that it does not have the same fate that the market succumbed to in 2018. Considering that the whole focus is across multiple dimensions, the storyline is still believable.
Cryptocurrency has been integrated into multiple plots through the years in television and film, but the fact that the story of The OA does not completely focus on the negative aspects that opponents like to dredge up, this is a great change. There’s no focus on the dark web, which is the path that Unfriended: Dark Web took last year, and it doesn’t zero in on hackers like The Blacklist (which is also on Netflix did), and it doesn’t even rest just on trading like an episode of Billions did in 2018.
Instead, Ether is the reward on The OA in a way that appears to also positively publicize the development of decentralized games. The characters on the show also seem to generally accept cryptocurrency as a way to transfer value. Furthermore, the fact that the show used Ethereum instead of top crypto asset Bitcoin is interesting. Clearly, the writers of this show are knowledgeable enough to know that there is a future for more than just the original cryptocurrency, even if it is in an alternate dimension.