If a present will get widespread sufficient on Netflix, I’m certain to finish up watching right here in pandemic lockdown (lifting quickly!), which was the case this previous week with Outer Banks, a brand new collection that has been the #1-2 present on Netflix’s High 10 listing since its debut.
I simply completed its ten episode run, and whereas it engaged me at first, by the top, I used to be a bit underwhelmed with the ultimate product.
Outer Banks follows a bunch of sixteen year-olds performed by actors which are 21-27, as is Hollywood custom. The core group is made up of John B (the 27 year-old enjoying 16), Kiara, JJ and Pope, self-proclaimed “Pogues,” the decrease class of a vacation spot island city. Their rivals are the wealthy “Kooks,” made up of characters like Sarah Cameron and her brother Rafe, and Sarah’s boyfriend Topper. Sure, Topper.
The OC parallels are apparent from the bounce, probably the most obvious of which is the entire setup of the handsome, parent-less poor child (Ryan/John B) forming a reference to the handsome wealthy child’s (Luke/Topper) handsome girlfriend (Marissa/Sarah) which is the central romantic arc of the collection.
However issues do take a flip into new territory once you understand all the storyline is predicated round a treasure hunt for $400 million in gold.
Sure, John B’s father was really looking for a sunken service provider ship off the coast close by with $400 million in British gold on it earlier than he was misplaced at sea months in the past. John B thinks he’s alive, and picks up the pursuit of the gold in his wake, which leads some unsavory sorts to the island who begin capturing at him and his buddies, which doesn’t keep off the Pogues from persevering with their quest.
I do know that these are imagined to be youngsters however boy, the quantity of per capita dumb choices on this present are fairly astronomical by the top. John B goes round and blabs in regards to the treasure hunt to anybody that may hear and sure, for those who round displaying individuals 100 yr outdated compasses or gold bricks you’ll most likely find yourself getting robbed at gunpoint inside minutes.
Some characters within the present work higher than others. I actually preferred Kiara or “Ki” as they name her, as she one-by-one finally ends up rejecting the advances of all of the boys who chase after her. I assumed John B’s pal JJ had most likely one of the best general arc, coping with his abusive father and alternating between going off the rails and truly being probably the most helpful member of the group. Pope I felt was underdeveloped, and if provided that likelihood, might have made a greater lead than John B. The wealthy children are an excessive amount of into the realm of parody to be plausible villains, however I suppose that’s one thing that plagued The OC too.
The present is…superb, it simply doesn’t appear to be something all that particular, and it doesn’t have a lot of a decision by the top as a result of it was clearly designed to run for a number of seasons, and it appears fairly clear that Netflix will certainly renew it, given its efficiency within the high 10 listing up to now.
Possibly I’m simply getting too outdated to observe twenty-somethings attempt to painting teen love and angst in reveals like this, however again in my day, I really feel like The OC did this type of drama higher, and reveals like Ozark do the crime/heist bits higher now. Outer Banks is okay, however definitely not one among Netflix’s finest.
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