No joke, this man’s identify is Chase Stokes.
Ever since Netflix launched its Prime 10 function a couple of months in the past, I’ve eyed it with skepticism. How may it’s attainable that totally half the checklist at any given time is populated by exhibits I’ve by no means heard of? Working example: Outer Banks, a sequence whose promotional images consist largely of teenagers frolicking round in swimsuits. Have you ever additionally spent the previous month seeing Outer Banks on Netflix’s (in all probability very deceptive) hit checklist and questioning what it’s and why it’s so widespread? Have you ever needed to know the place it falls on a scale of “teen show adults might like too” to “teen show that will make adults want to gauge their eyes out”? Learn on as I try and reply these questions.
Is Outer Banks kinda like The O.C. for Gen Z?
It positively appears that method originally! The principle character, John B (performed by Chase Stokes, a reputation up there with “Harry Styles” in ridiculous heartthrob perfection), is a young person residing on one of many islands off North Carolina that make up the Outer Banks. The wealth disparities there are fairly stark: There’s the wealthy facet of the island, the place the residents (referred to as “Kooks” in native slang) get pleasure from mansions and yachts and golf programs, after which there’s John B’s facet of the island, the place the working-class individuals (often known as “Pogues”) stay. It’s all very Chino vs. the O.C., and John B’s dwelling life has shades of Ryan Atwood, too: His father disappeared, the uncle who’s speculated to be his caretaker has peaced out, and the native youngster safety company is on his case.
In any case that is established, although, the story takes a prove of Nationwide Treasure: John B and his associates discover a shipwreck, and he turns into satisfied that his dad, who’s misplaced at sea and presumed useless, left behind clues to a hidden fortune. So this present is barely half cleaning soap opera—it additionally has a robust aspect of thriller/journey that, in the event you have been anticipating The O.C. 2.0, would possibly take you unexpectedly.
Wait, again up—“Kooks” and “Pogues”?
Yeah, it’s bizarre! Youngsters giving names to the totally different social teams is the sort of unrealistic trope that nonetheless occurs on a regular basis in popular culture—suppose the “Plastics,” the “the 09ers” in Veronica Mars (one other present Outer Banks is form of harking back to, although it’s much less intelligent), and The Outsiders, the final of which Outer Banks’ creators Josh Pate, Jonas Pate, and Shannon Burke have name-checked as one in all their inspirations. That stated, Kook and Pogue are notably on the market as nicknames! Bustle says the phrases come from browsing and fishing, however based on Us Weekly, they’re not likely used the way in which the present makes use of them in actual life. Past Kooks and Pogues, this present usually loves a unusual identify—there’s John B (why the B?), and his core group of associates consists of each a Pope and a Kie, and in the meantime there’s a Kook named, gloriously, Topper.
Does the present have scorching individuals and forbidden romances and love triangles?
Sure, sure, and sure. John B barely wears a shirt, a costume code honored by lots of the younger males of Outer Banks, and he (together with each of his finest male associates) has a crush on his wealthier-than-him good friend Kie. However there’s additionally positively one thing between John B and the wealthy woman whose dad’s boat he works on. Stated wealthy woman is after all courting the aforementioned Topper. Oh and that dad/boat proprietor is scorching too.
Chase Stokes appears acquainted, who does he remind me of?
Penn Badgley. Others have stated Justin Bieber, however I really feel assured that Badgley is a stronger reference level.
Is the thriller aspect of the present really … good?
At first I didn’t suppose so—it felt at odds with the remainder of the present’s pleasantly chill vibe. However when you perceive that it takes the primary few episodes for Outer Banks to morph into a distinct sort of present, one which’s rather less Dawson’s Creek and a little bit extra Revenge, it would suck you in, ridiculousness apart. My speculation is that this may be the key to its recognition—it’s pulling within the teen cleaning soap viewers and the Stranger Issues viewers without delay.
However who’s it for precisely? Ought to an grownup watch it?
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It’s for teenagers and teenagers at coronary heart—and since everyone seems to be regressing in quarantine, that quantity in all probability consists of extra individuals than it used to. Plus, its scenic backdrops are fairly to have a look at in a time after we’re all watching partitions.
Is that an endorsement for The O.C. followers?
Regulate your expectations. Outer Banks definitely isn’t as quotable. Its characters aren’t as memorable. However positive, in the event you appreciated Seth Cohen and Ryan Atwood, I’d enterprise a guess that you just would possibly recognize John B and co.
Within the trailer for the present, somebody says, “woogity, woogity, woogity.” What’s “woogity, woogity, woogity”?
To be trustworthy, I really feel like this isn’t correctly defined. Hopefully in Season 2.