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“Outer Banks” Season Three Review

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at USF chapter.

Season three of the popular Netflix original show “Outer Banks” dropped on February 23rd of this year, and I recently finished it.

SPOILER ALERT: If you plan on watching this season or if you are still watching it, then STOP READING NOW. 

I had pretty mixed opinions watching this show last year, so I was a little worried about the new season. However, after finishing it, I have to say this season was probably my favorite. 

In episode one, the action and adventure ensues with fighting and chasing scenes after the main characters get “saved” by a pilot. Although I enjoyed the immediate intensity of the show, I think it was incredibly unrealistic that the first plane they see in over a month is the plane of a bad guy. This was the same complaint I had from the first two seasons, so I will say I mostly expected the season to be as impractical as its predecessors. 

In getting into specific characters, I didn’t like Big John at all. Even though he did save John B in episode four, Big John constantly put the treasure ahead of his son when John B was a child. 

Speaking of characters’ awful life-decisions, I was heartbroken and completely irritated that Sarah cheated on John B with Topper in episode six. I understand that John B made an uncalled-for comment about Sarah’s dad, Ward, and I understand that John B was also clearly lying to Sarah about the treasure, but that does not warrant her actions.

What made me even more frustrated was the fact that John B forgave her so quickly and the issue was barely fleshed out and was just thrown in the episode for no reason. I felt like this plot line just fed into the normalization of cheating in the media, hence being one of my least favorite parts. 

I really, really hate Ward, and I mean that with so much respect to the show and the actor because they did such a great job at creating such a complicated character. Even though I hated Ward, there were moments where I felt bad for him. That alone illustrates how the show and actor succeeded in making a complex character on a show with some pretty flat characters, cough cough John B. 

It is so hard for one article to encompass all of my thoughts on this new season that I might have to write another one. For now, I will conclude by saying that this season, though filled with the same unrealistic scenes found in the previous ones, is really enjoyable. 

Hi !! My name is Bella Rabadi and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m majoring in English with a Literary Concentration and Political Science. I love to read, write, and hang out with my family and friends.