Presley Long – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Being in quarantine for so long, though I understand its necessity, has left me bored. I am sure many are also in this predicament and so, to cure my boredom and distract me from my homework, I have decided to watch a bunch of new and popular Netflix shows.
One of my favorites is Outer Banks, a new Netflix show that was an instant hit, and one I watched the day it was released. I may have also accidently finished it that day. Oops.
When I watched the first episode the show didn’t immediately catch my attention. I thought the camera angles were bad and too shaky, and many times I almost just turned the show off. But instead I persevered through and I’m glad I did, because this show is amazing.
Four 16-year-olds are on a mission to find gold that was lost at sea. The premise of the first few episodes is that John B, the main character, is searching for his missing dad and the gold his father was searching for.
When I first started watching Outer Banks, I thought the whole plot of the show was going to be boring because of how overused the concept was. The troupe of buried treasure and missing parent has been used so many times I usually know the plotline and villain in a manner of seconds. After watching the show, I can’t believe I ever thought that.
The show has many twists and in your face moments that make you never want to stop watching. When I watched this show, I stayed up past midnight because I just had to know what happened next.
The four main characters, John B (Chase Stokes), Kie (Madison Bailey), JJ (Rudy Pankow), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss), are portrayed somewhat like normal teenagers today. Some of the kids smoke weed (or stronger drugs than that), and drink, and go to parties. A concept I think many high schoolers go through in normal life and can relate to. The show also has topics such as love triangles, abusive parents, murder, and theft.
All these concepts tied into one is what makes the show so great. The producers took all these awful topics and put them in the show, but then showed the audience how the characters overcame them and learned to deal with them.
As for the filming of the show, what I originally thought was bad camera angles turned out to be a great way of filming. For instance, when the characters are running, the camera doesn’t just show them running, it runs with them and created the feeling that I was in the show with them.
The actors also made me feel like I was a part of the show. The acting felt real on so many levels; the actors were great at portraying the pain their characters were feeling though their facial expressions, voice, and more.
However, there is one character that I felt didn’t have the best acting abilities. Say it with me folks, Sarah Cameron. If you have seen the show, I know you know what I’m talking about. I didn’t necessarily hate her character, but she did infuriate me at certain points in the show.
Also, I need to discuss names with the producers of this show. Some of my ‘favorite’ character names include Rafe, Topper, and Wheezie. I understand the need to be unique, but really? Wheezie?
Rafe (Drew Starkey) and Topper (Austin North) are ok (not the best but I can live with it), but Wheezie (Julia Antonelli)? I’m hoping it’s a nickname so I’m curious to what her actual name is. I don’t want to talk about her for too long, but I think her character acted too old for her age. That’s all I’m saying.
This show is definitely one I will be recommending when people ask for something to watch. It has everything you need in a show and I’m ready for season 2.