Outer Banks

Outer Banks

TV-MA

netflix

A promising enough mystery amid the drama clichés and banter

7.5

TV Show

United States of America
English, Spanish
Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery
2020
Adina Porter, Austin North, Charles Esten
49 min

TLDR

I can’t tell these supposed factions apart.

What it's about

John B (Chase Strokes) and his raucous friends find valuable treasure from a sunken wreck, instantly putting a target on their back.

The take

In the land of 2 jobs or 2 houses, it’s hard to buy these obnoxious kids as the poor kids, the neglected who do whatever they want. There’s just a little too much confidence and social capital in there to exude neglected. The show trudges and sludges through our heroes’ thrilling adventures, which helps sell the island’s secluded atmosphere, and in a roundabout way helps us root for the Pogues for actually making things happen here. A lot of the engagement for this story, however, starts largely linear and basic—the poor good guys vs the boring, rich, corrupt bad guys—but the intricacies reveal themselves, though they take some time to start simmering.

What stands out

“It's only denial if you're wrong.”

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