Is Outer Banks 2 really the second season of a series or is it a whole new show?!

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Emily Layton, Contributing Writer

The number of Netflix subscribers surged dramatically on July 30th, the release date of Outer Banks 2. The second season of Outer Banks picked up just where the first left off. The first episode picks up with Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) and John B (Chase Stokes) fleeing their hometown in North Carolina after John B was falsely accused of murdering Officer Pete by Sarah’s father, Ward Cameron, and brother, Rafe Cameron. Everyone in North Carolina assumed the two were dead including their best friends JJ (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss). To the three of their surprises they learned the couple was alive and had taken numerous boats and ships to Nassau. 

After being identified as “criminals” by the crewmates and captain, John B and Sarah barely make it off the ship. They are now on the run from the cops, the Camerons, and the rest of the crew. While John B takes a phone and messages their buddies a selfie of him and Sarah, the two discover a resort they can crash at for a while. JJ, Pope, and Kiara are all taken aback and immediately set out to find them.

John B and Sarah were still hanging on by a thread, and just when they thought everything was fine, John B betrayed Sarah’s trust and was apprehended by the cops and, more significantly, Ward Cameron. Without giving anything away, everything from this point on becomes a challenge, but with the support of the boat crew who had a change at heart, and the re-united group of 5, they are able to shut down Ward and Rafe Cameron through a series of near-death experiences.

The second season will undoubtedly keep you on the edge of your seat, with numerous surprises and moments that will leave your jaw on the floor. However, there were certain inconsistencies in the production that made it seem unrealistic and unappealing at times.

To begin with, there is no link between the first and second seasons other than the major characters, their relationships, and the final episode of season 1 and the first episode of season 2. The only time the protagonists were actually in the Outer Banks was maybe 10 minutes of the first episode and flashbacks periodically throughout, so I felt like the title lost its meaning.

Second, many significant components and elements of the picture were neglected, and sequences that had little effect later on were overshadowed. Scenes of violence and background actions repeatedly disrupted Sarah and John B having a critical moment in their relationship, whether it was them chatting about their future or even questioning if they would have a future. When John B betrayed Sarah’s trust and Sarah came to his rescue, the production moved on to the next scene quickly. However, it would have been preferable if they had emphasized this crucial topic between the two lovebirds.

Finally, there were other things that were simply incomprehensible. I realize it’s a fiction series, but there were a few things that didn’t match up. When John B sent a message to his friends using a hotel employee’s phone, it was unclear how the numbers were already on the phone or how he was able to memorize three separate phone numbers without making any mistakes. It also made no sense how John B could get bitten by a crocodile and still carry on as if nothing had occurred. Like what?! Without giving anything away, an incident that placed Sarah’s life on the line had an ending that did not make sense.

Overall, I’m glad I saw the series, and if you liked the first season, you should check out the second if you like the characters. Unfortunately, both the plot and the details of Outer Banks 2 could have been much better and I expected more.