In April 2020, while people were stuck inside their homes, and a little show called Outer Banks dropped on Netflix.
That kind of sounds like August 2021, huh?
It had no major stars and wasn’t based on a best-selling book series, but it didn’t matter… everyone binged season 1 of OBX.
A series about teenagers living in Outer Banks, North Carolina, who happen to stumble upon a hidden treasure? What more could you want?
And, despite being incredibly unrealistic and full of cringe-inducing moments, there was something fun and endearing about those crazy Pogues (who never seemed to shower, by the way).
It’s no wonder why Netflix decided to renew it for a second season, but I am here to tell you that they never should’ve. That’s right — Outer Banks should’ve been a one-hit-wonder.
Warning — spoilers ahead! If you haven’t watched Season 2, proceed with caution.
Season 2 Is Bad, Y’All
I, like a lot of twenty and thirty-somethings, got sucked into Season 1 last year. It certainly wasn’t the best show I had ever seen, but it won me over in an instant. I loved the chemistry between the cast members, I enjoyed the crazy storylines, and most importantly, had I fun watching.
So, as you can imagine, I was very excited to spend the first weekend in August binge-watching Season 2 (which dropped on Friday, July 30).
But, after only about one episode into the new season, I knew Season 2 was going to be very, very bad.
Let me explain.
There’s Too Much Going On
Outer Banks is not a show that’s going to slowly build up to a singular climactic moment. I’m not expecting it to be Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad. I know what I’m signing up for when I watch OBX.
But, even still, I could not follow all the storylines going on in Season 2.
There’s John B and Sarah’s whole journey through the Bahamas, which had everything from a gunfight to Sarah dying and then coming back to life to the pair somehow being able to outrun the police more times than I could even count.
Then there’s the whole storyline with Pope and the cross, Limbrey trying to get the cross, and Rafe suffering absolutely zero consequences for his actions.
And don’t even get me started with Ward faking his own death. And now John B’s dad is alive?! C’mon guys.
There’s truly no time to breathe or let these characters have a quiet moment–it’s just go, go, go, go.
Season 1 Was Fun, Season 2 Is Tiring
Yes, Season 1 also had a lot going on, but it somehow made sense. The story was relatively easy to follow, the characters seemed fresh, and it kept me on my toes.
Season 2 on the other hand? I was tired after just a handful of episodes. It’s like the writers had their foot on the gas from the jump and never let off for a second. That’s just not sustainable!
I wish they would’ve spent more time actually developing these characters as human beings apart from all the crazy treasure hunts, brawls, and hijinx.
No, We Don’t Need a Season 3
Unless they’re planning to massively turn down the heat for Season 3, I think Netflix needs to put a stop to this show once in for all. I don’t know if I can take another season of them running around, not sleeping, not showering, and most importantly, not going to school.
Like seriously, these kids went to school for like two days and then never showed up again! Not to mention the serious trauma they all need to unpack.
I know there are a lot of people who love the show and want to see it go on but be honest with yourself — it’s just not that good.
Season 1 got us through some tough times, there’s no question about that. However, that doesn’t mean we should run a good thing into the ground.
Though let’s be honest, if Netflix renews the show for a Season 3 I’ll probably watch it. Hate-watch it, but watch it nonetheless.