Drama in the OBX: Outer Banks season 3 review


Netflix’s official poster for Outer Banks season 3. Photo via Netflix.​

Robert Morse, Reporter

The Pogues’ treasure hunting adventures continued when season 3 of Outer Banks was released Feb. 23 on Netflix. 


(Minor spoilers ahead!) 


The 10 episode season started a month after the events of season 2, with the group of John B (played by Chase Stokes), Kiara (Madison Bailey), JJ (Rudy Pankow), Pope (Jonathan Daviss), Sarah (Madison Cline) and new addition from last season, Cleo (Carlacia Grant). They find themselves stranded on an island in the Caribbean after losing the Cross of Santo Domingo to the Cameron family, more specifically, Rafe Cameron (Drew Starkey), who, with the assistance of the crew of the Coastal Venture, grab the cross before it is sunk to the bottom of the ocean. After spending a month on that island, a plane is spotted flying overhead, which the group proceeds to flag down. They return to the mainland, to reunite with their families, some with little celebration. 


This season also introduces a new antagonist, Carlos Singh (Andy McQueen), a treasure collector, born in India, obsessed with the treasure of El Dorado. He also finds the connection between the treasure of El Dorado and Pope’s ancestor, Denmark Tanny, and devotes most of his career into finding it. This is the main premise of the season: finding the treasure of El Dorado and the connection to the Pogues, specifically Pope. 


Fans took to Twitter to talk about their favorite, and least favorite, scenes. @PranavSriraman stated, “Outer Banks Season 3 is some of the worst television I’ve seen.” He didn’t elaborate on his claim, but many agreed, citing the change in cameramen and filming styles, among other changes for the season. A minority disagreed saying the season was even better than the first two, with more action. At time of writing, Rotten Tomatoes has the audience score at 76%, with no rating on their “tomatometer”.


The creators of the show, Shannon Burke, Jonas Pate and Josh Pate have already mapped out what the show could become in the future, as Netflix has already greenlit season 4, with filming (hopefully, but improbable) to begin this summer. In an interview with the three creators for Entertainment Weekly, they revealed that they have scrapped their original plan of only having the show run for four to five seasons. “I don’t know if I could put a real number on it right now — how long it takes to get to that ending might expand, but we now know the shape of the end of the story. We’re going to take it as long as we can, for sure.”, says Josh in the interview. 


All episodes of seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix. 

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