A Review Of “Outer Banks”

"Outer Banks" takes a unique spin on the classic coming-of-age summer watch with compelling characters and plots.


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Netflix's new series combines adventure, mystery, romance, and friendship, all over the course of one summer.

Alyssa Bruce, Staff Writer

The newest Netflix original series to become popular, Outer Banks at first appears to be your typical coming-of-age summer watch. However, while it does have those aspects, the show quickly takes on different storylines and characters that compel viewers to enjoy the fast-paced series.

There’s a certain nostalgia to it. The soundtrack is filled with 80s songs, and although it’s set in current day, the characters are never on their cell phones, or worrying what to post on Snapchat. Instead, the show is focused on the experiences and lives of the characters.

Right away, the setting establishes an interesting aspect, as the show is set in the Outer Banks. Because of this, a majority of the scenes includes the ocean, beach, and swimming — a summer setting that many teens are wishing for.

The storyline highlights the differences between the Kooks and the Pogues, the rich and the poor of the island. The main characters are Pogues, with the leader being John B. The show covers his quest to locate his missing father, who vanished after being convinced he found The Royal Merchant, an ancient lost ship with $400 million in gold.

It is because of this ship that the show turns into more of a dangerous treasure hunt, as many killings occurred on the island. While the plot is fast-paced and interesting, there are some gaps in John B’s logic that are never filled in, and there are large parts of the story that are only referenced once, but never in the detail they should be.

Despite its flaws, the characters are what makes the series so captivating. The Pogues, despite their misfortunes, are tightly bound to each other. Each has flaws, but overall they are lovable people that demand to be rooted for. The friendships depicted are loyal and exciting. The teens are essentially on their own, spending their days treasure hunting, surfing, and partying.

Although the Pogues are shown as developed characters, the same can’t be said for the Kooks. They embody the rich, privileged stereotypes. This typical feature isn’t too damaging to the series, though, as it creates an entertaining rivalry between the haves and the have-nots.

Despite the rivalry between the two groups, not all of the rich characters are unlovable. Sarah Cameron, the daughter of one of the richest men on the island, becomes close with John B and his friends and even aids in the quest.

Additionally, the way scenes are shot is different than in most other shows. The camera jerks and follows the characters, almost as if the viewer is there with them.

The imagery created is breathtaking, as well. With the Outer Banks as the setting, there are many views of palm trees and sunsets over the ocean.

Although it bears similarities to the typical summer teen show, Outer Banks offers new twists in a way that keeps viewers captivated and entertained. It’s the perfect easy watch, with lovable characters and an entertaining plot. The Netflix original depicts the independent life of teenagers on a tropical island, only with darker and more adventurous aspects added into the mix.