Review: ‘Outer Banks’ shines like gold
Five out of Five Stars
Netflix’s newest series, “Outer Banks,” is a thrilling adventure from start to finish and will pull viewers in from the beginning.
Set in the outer banks of North Carolina, a group of teenagers known as The Pogues are determined to have the best summer of their lives.
The Pogues consist of leader John B Routledge and his closest friends, JJ, Pope and Kiara. It is one of two tribes on the island, the second being The Kooks.
The Pogues are part of the working class and live on “The Cut,” which is considered to be the slums of the island. Meanwhile, The Kooks live the high life with expensive boats and glamorous beach mansions. Their rivalry parallels that of the Capulets and Montagues.
Despite their desire to “have a good time all the time,” things take an unexpected turn after John B’s father disappears.
As the plot continues to thicken, secrets of the island are uncovered and a hunt for lost gold commences. The tribe rivalry is at an all-time high and there are more than a few physical brawls.
Things become even more intense when John B befriends “Kook princess,” and Kiara’s former BFF, Sarah Cameron.
Sarah’s father, Ward Cameron, is a wealthy businessman and is well respected by many of the islanders. John B does maintenance for the Cameron’s yacht, but Ward soon has it out for him after John B discovers Ward’s secrets.
John B and crew find themselves in hot water when they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, and it ends in an island-wide police chase.
The show does a remarkable job of promoting healthy relationships and family-like friendships. Additionally, it touches on difficult topics, such as losing a parent, drug use, mental illness, emotional abuse and physical abuse.
Season one of “Outer Banks” is available for streaming on Netflix.