Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime Video are directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios. Created by Brian Watkins, the thriller series stars Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott, Tom Pelphrey as Perry Abbot, Lili Taylor as Cecilia Abbot, Imogen Poots as Autumn, Noah Reid as Billy Tillerson, Matt Lauria as Trevel Tillerson, Will Patton as Wayne Tillerson and Olive Abercrombie as Amy Abbott.
The synopsis reads, “Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown.”
Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 Review Contains No Spoilers
In Outer Range, we meet Royal Abbott, a rancher and the patriarch of the Abbott family. Since his younger days, Royal has been looking after the family’s cattles and land. However, troubles have been knocking on Abbott’s doors for quite some time now. They’re already fighting for the land against the Tillersons.
An important family member from Royal Abbott’s family has been missing for a long time. If these problems weren’t enough, Royal has been dealing with a mysterious supernatural mystery several hundred acres away from his house. A mysterious stranger named Autumn arrives at the ranch to stay for a “vacation”.
In the first episode, director Alonso Ruizpalacios has focused mainly on Royal and his family members. The opening episode takes too much time as it introduces characters after characters. Considering it is the first episode, you remain patient so that the suspense builds up a little. However, nothing is astonishing enough shown in the first episode.
Just like episode 1, Episode 2 also takes a tedious approach. The characters are talking a lot, but the plot appears stagnant. Only the last 5 minutes grab your interest and make one big, baffling revelation. Even though the twist, in the end, seems intriguing, you have to remain extremely patient, which is at times agitating.
Josh Brolin has got in a great Wild West mode as Royal Abbott in Amazon Prime Video’s Outer Range series. He’s largely in focus and the plot’s driving force in the first two episodes. The rest of the cast also play their part well. One can only hope the plot gets thicker with every new episode and doesn’t take too much time to make sense.
Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 Review: Final Thoughts
Overall, Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 demand too much patience yet offer hardly anything to look forward to. Only if one continues watching it until the end will they see the twist at the end of episode 2. The thriller tone is quite weak as it fails to startle us and never keeps us on the edge of our seats. One can only hope that it gets better with every 2 new episodes releasing weekly.
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