OUTER RANGE: SEASON ONE
Starring: Josh Brolin, Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, Tom Pelphrey, Lewis Pullman, Noah Reid, Shaun Sipos, Olive Abercrombie, Tamara Podemski, and Will Patton
Creator: Brian Watkins
Throughout its first season, Outer Range tends to play things close to the chest - so much so that it doesn't really start providing answers until its final few episodes. However, the mystery it tells is enthralling, which makes the journey worthwhile. On top of that, there isn’t a weak performance to be found. Josh Brolin will deservedly get the headlines, but each supporting cast member deserves props for rounding out this universe in a believable manner. Whether it’s the writing, editing, or cinematography, it’s airtight on a technical level. This is a glowing example of what a series like Under the Dome could have been.
Outer Range, which is like Yellowstone if it came from the mind of Alex Garland or Denis Villeneuve, does a great job of setting up puzzle box mysteries that immediately rope you in. Sadly though, it doesn’t seem too interested in answering many of the questions it presents. It just keeps stacking mysteries on mysteries without giving you much in the way of closure by season’s end. Truthfully, the acting is fantastic and I’m very engaged, but if Outer Range isn’t renewed for a second season, I’m going to be sooo pissed. I can’t genuinely recommend it without knowing if Season Two is coming.