Outer Banks Season 2: Review

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Elizabeth Ippilitto, TV Beat Reporter

If you wanted another teen drama centered around things that would probably never actually happen to a group of teenagers, you should join the rest of the world in binge-watching the second season of Outer Banks.

 

Outer Banks is the newest hit Netflix series created by Jonas Pete (Battlestar Galactica). Fans have been waiting for season two since the first season ended in early 2020. The Outer Banks is set in on the water in South Carolina where the lower class, known as the “Pogue”, and the upper class, known as the “Kooks”, feud over their respective ways of life. In a classic Romeo and Juliet situation, “Pogue” John B. (Chase Stokes) falls in love with wealthy Kook, Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) and things only become more complicated from there. The second season entails more fighting, more romance, and more raising of the stakes than ever before.

 

If you loved season one, you’re going to love season two. The second season had much less plot to set up than the first season since so much had already been established, leaving much more room to learn about the character’s home lives and their relationships with each other. It gives the audience more of a chance to connect with characters and care more about what happens to them, therefore raising the stakes when things inevitably go wrong. And truly, the acting is phenomenal, especially in the more emotional scenes. It’s easy to tell that off-screen the cast has a close bond, and it translates especially well to on-screen for this round of episodes.

 

The first season included the historical aspect of the real Outer Banks location which was confusing when intertwined with the drama. It made it hard to follow what things were true facts and what was part of the fictional universe being created. If you’re going to make a drama, make a drama; the community of Outer Banks is what kept it interesting and kept me coming back from episode to episode. The second season did not fall into this pitfall the same way. It has done a great job focusing on what makes the show great; over the top, angsty, teenage drama. 

 

However, the writing is a pretty poor attempt at trying to be relatable to an extremely specific audience. Some of the language and phrasing the characters use are not typically terms High Schoolers would use and it makes the scenes cringe-y to watch. 

 

The drama is more than enough to keep you entertained for an entire 50-minute episode and it’s easy for TV viewers of all kinds to find something interesting and likable. If you’re looking for another teen drama to get a little too invested in, Outer Banks needs to be added to your watch list ASAP. 

 

Season 2 Rating: 8/10

Director: Jonas Pate

Cast List: Chase Stokes, Rudy Pankow, Johnathan Daviss, Madelyn Cline, and Madison Bailey.

Season 2 Release Date: July 30th, 2021