‘Outer Range’ is a stellar mystery with a supernatural edge
Something is rotten in the state of Wyoming. In other words, there is an ongoing mystery, something unfathomable that threatens to disrupt the life of a rural family. Outdoor beach is a stunning and intriguing supernatural mystery thriller that balances unusual menace against tense family crises for a satisfyingly dramatic ride. It’s one of the most interesting western-style series in years.
Outdoor beach follows Josh Brolin’s Royal Abbott, a Wyoming rancher facing a number of competing pressures at exactly the same time. One of his sons has a run-in with the neighboring clan’s son and antagonist Tillerson, while a mysterious stranger Autumn (Imogen Poots) wanders off to camp on their property. All of this, of course, simultaneously with the appearance of an unfathomable black void appearing on the Abbott properties that only Royal knows about.
Brolin is great as a beleaguered and confused royal patriarch, trying to hold everything together against forces he can’t understand and an increasingly antagonistic set of neighbors. Imogen Poots also excels as a mysterious wanderer, who has a strange connection to the land that Royal struggles to understand. The entire cast excels, with Noah Reid’s Billy Tillerson proving to be a charismatic yet odd member of the menacing neighboring clan.
It’s a strong, driving story with enough threats and pressures to entice an interested viewer, and both the rise decidedly Natural family threats and supernatural mysteries earth. While it’s hard to discuss specifics without revealing the farm (sorry, I know, I know), Royal’s more supernatural situation is well used to explore her relationship to the “order of things” in the larger universe. wide, including God himself, in ways that add a lot of complexity.
Absolutely, Outdoor beach is a multi-faceted mystery thriller that balances a variety of otherworldly factors with an air of magic and curiosity beyond paleness. It’s all anchored nicely by an excellent central performance from Josh Brolin, who manages to feel like a grounded anchor in a series that could very well go off the rails but, thanks to talented scripting, sticks the landing. An essential watch.
Outdoor beach debuts 4/15 on Prime Video.