‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 Review: “Adventure, Love, and Rage”
Outer Banks premiered on Netflix last year at the beginning of the pandemic, and it swept through like a hurricane. The show is about a group of North Carolina teens that are on a treasure hunt. The first season ends with the teens finding gold, but ultimately having it stolen from them, and framed for the murder of a town official. The show focuses on John B (Chase Stokes), Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline), Kiara (Madison Bailey), Pope (Johnathan Daviss), and JJ (Rudy Pankow). They are high school students known as Pogues or the poor kids, and the rich kids are known as Kooks. This class segregation only makes matters worse in this modern-day Romeo & Juliet story.
While the first season focused on a massive treasure hunt that led John B and Sarah to a hurricane that “killed” them, the second season starts with that treasure hunt and takes us on another one. John B has a $50K bounty which entices Captain Terrance (Terence Rosemore) and his crewmate Cleo (Carlacia Grant). They try to capture John B and hand him to the authorities until Sarah makes a deal to give them some of the gold. This leads to insane complications, and eventually to John B and Sarah back in the Outer Banks.
Meanwhile, Pope, JJ, and Kiara thinking their friends are dead, end up on their own treasure hunt courtesy of Ms. Limbrey (Elizabeth Mitchell), who was also screwed over by Sarah’s father Ward (Charles Esten). Pope learns of his heritage, and once the gang gets all back together the treasure hunt ensues. Things get way out of hand courtesy of Rafe Cameron (Drew Starkey) who’s got some serious mental issues. Sarah and John B must make some very hard choices, Pope and Kiara have to figure out how to maintain their friendship, and JJ must come to grips with who he is. Also, Kiara has to make a hard choice with her parents and Pope has to save his lineage. Outer Banks Season 2 ends with a battle between our main characters that sets up an insane season 3.
The writing staff for the second season outside of creators Shannon Burke, Josh Pate, and Jonas Pate are all new. They seem to understand the characters of the show more and pace their development accordingly. It’s a teen show, so a lot of it is predictable in terms of what will happen. However, it’s still at a different pace. You just kind of ride the wave this season. The adventure is fun, and the twists and turns are amazing. The creative team for this season was absolutely fantastic and I hope they’re all back for season 3.
The acting for this season was incredible. Stokes, Bailey, Daviss, Cline, and Pankow have grown well into their characters. They give you very believable performances that will hopefully earn them some Teen and MTV awards. This show is on its way to becoming Netflix’s next Stranger Things as far as pop culture is concerned, and it’s fun to watch. We haven’t had an all-out adventure show like this in some time. It’s like a modern-day Goonies in terms of adventure, just with all teenagers and a Romeo & Juliet tie-in. It’s a great show especially for Netflix, and it just keeps getting better. – Rascal F. Kennedy
Outer Banks is now streaming on Netflix!