Review of Prime Video’s mystery series Season 1

Photo from the Outer Range series (c) Amazon Prime Video

The US neo-western and mystery series Outer Range has had a brilliant start on Amazon Prime Video with its first eight episodes. What we particularly liked and why we’re hoping for a sequel, we’ll tell you in our season summary.

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In his review of the pilot episode (you can read the review here) of Outer Range, the author of this season conclusion asked whether an interesting premise is enough to carry a whole season with eight episodes. So much should be anticipated at the beginning of this consideration: It can – and how! Outer Range is by far one of the most unusual series in a long time. Sure, time travel stories abound and come in almost every form. But to project the great mystery of the story onto a supposedly simple black hole in the middle of a meadow in Wyoming – and thus to create such a steeply rising arc of suspense – is an art.

The first episode starts out quite subdued, but ends with the cliffhanger mentioned in the pilot review. Episode two of The Land finally enlightens the viewer that the hole is a seemingly unpredictable phenomenon of time. Anyone who goes into the abyss does not know where and, above all, when they will land. It’s not necessarily new, but it’s grippingly staged. Because the black monster on Abbott’s land does what it wants and brings the family into ever worse distress, of which the enigmatic Autumn is not entirely innocent.

At this point, by the way, the reviewer’s first impression of the acting performances, primarily Josh Brolin (as Royal Abbott) and Imogen Poots (Autmn), should be revised. If the two mimes started the season with a solid performance, this increases from episode to episode and develops into one of the mainstays of the series. Above all, Poots inspires with her huge emotional and acting range as a crazy hippie bride. Everything about Autumn is puzzling and thought-provoking. Who is she? What drives you, what are your goals? Is she just talking nonsense, or is she connected to the hole in some mysterious way?

All these interesting questions find an answer at the right moment. And Royal also has a dark secret that is reason enough for him to want to keep the phenomenon a secret from his family. But is everything that happens really coincidence? Or do the proverbial Norns weave the protagonists’ threads of fate so that they ultimately only follow a predetermined path?

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