“Outer Banks” season two is the perfect series to wrap up summer

Netflix’s second season of “Outer Banks” is the perfect adventure series that includes many shocking events while tying in young love stories and the importance of strong friendships.

Reaching number one on Netflix’s “Top 10 in the US Today,” “Outer Banks” season two is an exciting, venturesome season that leaves fans invested and eager for more. At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic last April, season one of this thrilling series was released. After receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from viewers, the show was renewed for a second season in July 2020. 

The show fixates on a group of young high schoolers from the island Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina. The group of friends are classified as poor, or Pogues, and the rich are considered Kooks. 

Season one ends with John B, JJ, Kiara, Pope and Sarah finding the gold from the Royal Merchant, a ship that was declared lost at sea in the 17th century. Although this group of teens found the lost treasure, it was ultimately stolen from them by Sarah’s father, Ward Cameron. Rafe also killed Sherrif Peterkin, and staged it to look like John B was the one who shot her. The story was left off after season one with John B accused of murder and on the run to the Bahamas with Sarah. 

The second season picks off right where season one left off. John B and Sarah fled to the Bahamas in a hurricane, leaving JJ, Pope, and Kiara to believe they are dead. The three are trying passionately to clear John B’s name. In the Bahamas, John B and Sarah are trying to obtain the gold Ward stole, but they run into some trouble with the cops and they befriend a new group of locals there. They eventually leave the Bahamas and head to Charleston, South Carolina.

Oddly enough, JJ, Kiara, and Pope are in Charleston to meet Carla Limbrey, who sent Pope an invitation to her home. She is on the search for Denmark Tanney’s key, which will lead to the real treasure at the Cross of Santo Domingo. The cross holds a magical miracle scarf that she believes will heal her of her illness. Luckily, the gang reunites in the streets of Charleston and they eventually head back to the Outer Banks in secret to help John B avoid being arrested. 

This season takes you on all these characters’ internal and external battles whether it has to do with the stolen gold from the Royal Merchant, finding the Cross of Santo Domingo, cleaning John B’s name, raging family issues, drama with friends, or intriguing love interests. 

The episodes in the new season of Outer Banks were very parallel to the previous season in the way that they both keep you crawling to know what will happen next. The storyline is far from boring, which personally, did not surprise me. The writers did a great job keeping the show action-packed while still engaging the audience with the numerous personable characters and blossoming relationships. The various love interests, challenging parent-to-child relationships and whole-hearted, powerful friendships in this show personally connect the audience and leave them feeling like they know and relate with the characters. 

One thing I did notice was how action-packed and busy this season is. In some scenarios, it is almost too action-packed as I felt overwhelmed and forgot previous events. For example, John B and Sarah spent the first several episodes in the Bahamas, but I can barely remember that due to the fact that so much is constantly happening with the plot. This is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you like shows with these elements, but it is something to consider. 

I have another concern about the show hitting a dead end, forcing the writers to think too far outside of the box for new content. However, I thought that was going to happen in season two and it did not, so I’m curious as to what will happen with the future seasons, if there are any, and what the writers will come up with.I was without a doubt impressed with the cast’s acting this season as it was phenomenal. All of them really captured the essence of their characters and fit them perfectly. In particular, Madelyn Cline, who plays Sarah, stuck out to me. She had many strong, beautifully played scenes throughout the season. One that stuck out to me was at the end of episode six. Altogether, it is evident this cast of brilliant actors has grown into these characters and mastered executing their personalities. 

Overall, this series is one that is very fun to watch and is great for someone who likes lots of adventure. I would compare this season to a present-day Goonies with a classic tie-in of a love story or romantic comedy. It also portrays strong friendships and family drama. Personally, I believe the first season was better, but I overall still really enjoyed season two of Outer Banks and would recommend it to teenagers and adults who enjoy adventurous television and romcoms.