A staggering 22 years in the past, the teenager drama sequence Dawson’s Creek launched many younger People to the sun-dappled shores of the Carolinas. Although the present came about on Cape Cod, it was filmed in and round Wilmington, North Carolina, capturing a type of glowing Americana—not too north, however not too south, and plush with marsh and water. The teenager tone of North Carolina was fairly totally different in 1997’s I Know What You Did Final Summer season (which shared the identical author as Dawson’s), nevertheless it had the identical pleasing attract: recognizably of our nation, however nonetheless in some way unique. (The cliffside street scenes had been shot in California, however nonetheless.)Whereas North Carolina boomed for some time, over time, TV and movie productions adopted tax breaks to the shorelines of South Carolina, Georgia, and Louisiana. As that occurred, the coastal south was partly taken over by the Nicholas Sparks cinematic universe, through which a legion of lovers, principally younger, had their dramas unfold in these picturesque expanses, all heat and golden and dripping with sticky-sweet honey. This panorama was residence to emotional swell and gauzy romance; lovely, however missing a hazard that may make these locations appear really mythic.Which brings me to the brand new Netflix sequence Outer Banks (dropping April 15), which takes place on the Outer Banks islands of North Carolina, however was filmed in South Carolina. Tv teenagers have returned to these troubled shores for the standard canoodling and angst—but in addition, this time, in pursuit of a thriller’s reply, dodging bullets fired by menacing thugs invading a tucked-away Eden to extract its hidden riches. Outer Banks is a present that’s, in principle, as a lot as about its moody setting as it’s about its characters, like Netflix’s Bloodline earlier than it, a moist thriller that made menacing poetry of the mangrove tangles of the Florida Keys.Outer Banks falls in need of poetry—partly as a result of it’s probably not aiming for it. This can be a teen journey meant to excite in a number of base methods, from its goofy treasure hunt to, effectively, its shirtless hunks. The present was created by Shannon Burke and the dual brothers Jonas and Josh Pate, all three Chapel Hill grads. They return to the scene of their youth (or, someplace near-ish to it) to inform the story of John B, a cleverly named child performed by the improbably named Chase Stokes. (For those who constructed a seashore bum boy in a lab, and I’m positive loads have tried, wouldn’t the ungodly end result definitely be named Chase Stokes?)John B has principally lived alone since his dad was misplaced at sea (hmm . . . ) some 9 months previous to the pilot episode, however he’s obtained good firm in his buddies: dopey-dangerous JJ (Rudy Pankow), nerdy-quirky Pope (Jonathan Daviss), and the resident lady, a politically minded toughie named Kiara (Madison Bailey). Life is all delicate hustle and straightforward move for these comparatively carefree children—they screw round on their boat, they drink beers on the seashore, they seemingly by no means wash their hair—till a hurricane comes and dredges up previous secrets and techniques. As soon as the suspense a part of the story kicks into gear, you’d suppose the youngsters would have much less time to lounge round trying completely mussed. You’d be unsuitable, although. Outer Banks is set to not have its mellow harshed an excessive amount of.There’s a category wrestle framing this entire narrative, as John B and JJ and Pope (however not Kiara, technically) are “Pogues,” which means they’re youngsters of the poor native households who service all the rich seasonal residents. That monied caste is known as the Kooks, for some purpose, and are largely identifiable by their historically preppy clothes—brilliant polos, crisp shorts—versus the Pogues’ clever scraggle. There are glimmers, right here and there, suggesting that Outer Banks has a broader politics on its thoughts on this depiction of vassal and liege, however the present is extra involved with having a great time frothing round within the cleaning soap than it’s in Saying One thing. Which is completely fantastic.