Outer Banks Review
by A. West
‘In conclusion, it is really worth the watch – if you are patient enough to stick with it.’
Created by: Josh Pate, Jonas Pate & Shannon Burke
Cast: Chase Stokes, Madelyn Cline, Madison Bailey, Jonathon Daviss & Charles Esten
Plot Synopsis: Outer Banks follows a group of teenagers in the Outer Banks of North Carolina who are called “Pogues”, who live at The Cut, and are determined to find out what happened to the missing father of the group’s ringleader, John B. Along the way, they discover a legendary treasure that is tied to John B’s father.
I personally I loved this series – it can be a bit slow at times when progressing through the episodes and finding out more information to do with the central story-line but, other than that minor detail, it manages to keep the audience hungry for more and more episodes in their desperation to find out what’s going to happen next. I’d say it has a satisfying development as it offers just enough clues to keep the audience wanting more without giving up on the show completely.
The show is very good for its genre of a coming of age story and a murder mystery. It really combines these two genres in a perfect harmony and just really helps to make this show as amazing as it is. There are some moments that are more emotional and mature but the show also has the right balance of seriousness and humour which help to lighten up the mood so that the audience can have a good laugh here and there.
Throughout the show, we get to follow the journey and the wild adventure that the characters go through, as well as getting to learn and go in-depth into their personal stories and seeing their relationships flourish and strengthen throughout. I liked exploring each character’s different backstory and how it drives their actions and motives throughout the season. The performance of the actors also really enhances the relationships we see among the characters. The only criticism I would give of the show would be the season finale. Though it left viewers with many questions and the plot with many open ends that could have multiple outcomes, I wish it had a more satisfying ending which would’ve paved the way for the second season in a more impactful way. The performance of the actors really makes you feel like you’re personally on their wild ride of a summer and the suspense and the action is amazing. The actors who play the characters of John B, Sarah, JJ, Kie, and Pope are particularly amazing and it truly enhances the show, as we get to almost actually be a part of the friendship group which the audience could either identify with and or connect with.
In conclusion, it is really worth the watch – if you are patient enough to stick with it. It’s such a good show because of the mystery dynamic of trying to find out what is going to happen to these teenagers and whether or not they will find what they are looking for. The performances of the actors really help bring together the show together and make it as great as it is. Personally, I would say that this show is a great watch and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries.
Outer Banks is currently available on Netflix and was rated 15 by the BBFC.