Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 Review: Josh Brolin Starrer Demands Too Much Patience

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.

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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.

The first episodes will release on April 15 on Prime Video.

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Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2 Review: Josh Brolin starrer starts on a very slow note.


  1. Definitely not done with this series. Like all great shows you have to get a little bit of back story and a little mystery and action to keep you on the hook. There was definitely enough of both and plenty of curiosity to be worth watching again next week.
    Some of the best series started this same way.

  2. This is a terribly written article. I think you need to find a new profession. “You have to be extremely patient, which at times is agitating”…….Lol. What?? It’s two episodes in. Enjoy the show and don’t be such a prick. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it, Mr. Fantasia.

    • Hi, thank you for your response. It is good to know that you liked the first two episodes. But my review is based on 2 episodes and it is clearly mentioned so. I hope the show gets better.

      Hope you have a good day. Be kind to people 🙂

  3. I believe his point is that the entire foundation of your review is stupid because it is essentially “judging the book by its cover”. You need to know the context of the whole season before you can judge if the introduction was executed well.

  4. This show is great and who ever this numptee is writing has got to the slowest unimpressive no imagination hack that has dawned a pencil. Look for a new avenue in life.

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