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What’s it about:
John B (Chase Stokes) lives a pretty independent life – cool for a teen, but by adulting standards, he’s pretty much a child of neglect living a carefree life with his posse of misfits, JJ (Rudy Pankow), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), and Kiara (Madison Bailey). A search for his father turns into a treasure hunt that unravels the dividing lines of of social class, entitlement, struggle and love in the unique river town…
While John B drives the narrative, Stokes is outshone by on-screen best friend, JJ (played by Rudy Pankow) who’s unpredictability provides many catalysts and comedic moments throughout the season. Much of Pankow’s backstory happens on screen enabling viewers to connect with this character story, unlike John B’s, with much of the flashbacks around his father used for the set up of the big treasure hunt with an uncle referenced verbally. Pankow plays the vulnerability convincingly from victim to predator, the essence that fuels a fierce loyalty to his crew, impulsiveness before breaking down in tears in a hot tub he bought with money he stole from a big wig drug dealer. Definite scene stealer.
It’s the riverbanks of this North Carolina setting that runs through the hard knock areas of the ‘Pogues’ right through to the well off inhabitants of the mansion estates and country club frequented by the “Kooks’. Much of John B’s story focuses more on the forbidden Romeo & Juliet romance with Sarah Cameron who sails away through the night into the heavy storm after outing Ward’s involvement in his father’s disappearance!
Charles Esten takes those emotional notes he brought us in Nashville as the musical sensitive charmer of Deacon into the Outerbanks mogul, Ward Cameron. Ambition and power are his major drives with his fathering leading his children to murder and ‘suicide’.
We’re going to need more from JJ, Kiara and Pope in the next season with much of their arcs devoted to character development centreing around the conflicts with their parents.
How long’s the binge:
10 episodes clocking in at around the 50 minute mark. Light easy viewing, predictable story in some moments.
It’s inevitable – we all know how it ended and John B’s friends need to know the truth, especially since we’ve seen how some of them can spin out of control without the anchor of the group keeping them at bay…
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