Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’

Kayla Davito, Reporter

During Shelter-in-Place, many locations including restaurants, shopping areas and even libraries have closed, leaving students bored and at home.

In a recent survey of THS students and staff, 75 percent of students and staff admit they have been using Netflix more since Shelter-in-Place began. During these times, Netflix has released new shows, some of which have sparked interest around the internet lately, including Tiger King, On My Block and, most recently, Outer Banks.

Outer Banks takes place in North Carolina and is about four teenagers: John B., Kiara, JJ and Pope. They, as well as everyone who lives on the poorer side of the island, are nicknamed “pogues”. The show follows their hunt for sunken treasure and John B.’s father who is somehow connected to it all. Throughout 10 episodes, the teens dodge the law as well as others on the richer side of the island known as “kooks” who are determined to not only stop them, but wage war for things that have occurred and built up over the years. 

“[Outer Banks] had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I loved that we saw huge character development, especially in JJ,” junior Tayonna Henderson said.

However, not everyone agrees the show was as great as it was hyped up to be.

“[I would not recommend this show], because they could pick literally any other Netflix original young adult show and it would be basically the same plot and premise,” junior Ilencia Lightbody said.

Others agree to disagree. While it may have been lacking to some due to the classic 16-year-olds plus drama plus romance formula, there was something about Outer Banks that set it apart from other cookie cutter movies or shows.

“I really enjoyed it. It was like your basic teen show, romance and drama, but there was an actual plot as well,” freshman Addie Plumb said.

The plot was one that left many shocked and on a cliffhanger. Fans are already counting down until season two, though no one is positive when that will be. Either way, students have voiced what they hope the directors have in store for the next part of the pogue’s lives. 

 “I hope [there is a season two], and I think there will be. I just want to see more of the friendships and dynamics between the groups. There are so many questions left unanswered and I think wherever the writers go with season two it will be great,” junior Hannah Eikermann said.

Overall, Outer Banks seems to receive a plethora of reviews, many of which show it to be a promising new show full of drama, summertime fun, romance and mystery.

“I like that the characters were relatable and it portrayed the type of summer that every teenager wants,” Eikermann said.