Outer Range Season 2 Is Finally Here And Fans Can’t Get Enough

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Outer Range Season 2 premiered its entire seven-episode slate via Amazon Prime Video on May 16. The sci-fi neo-Western series stars Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott, a Wyoming rancher who finds a strange black hole on his land. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Lili Taylor, Tom Pelphrey, Tamara Podemski, and Lewis Pullman. 

Outer Range Season 2 continues to follow the dramatic events of the first season. The town of Wabang, Wyoming, is dealing with the aftermath of a buffalo stampede that emerged from the mysterious black hole. The narrative follows the characters as they cope with time travel and its consequences. Royal’s wife, Cecelia, takes a more aggressive stance in uncovering the truth.

Critics and fans have praised Josh Brolin and Outer Range Season 2

Reactions to Outer Range Season 2 have been mostly positive. Yahoo praised the second outing for its improved character interactions and storytelling, crediting new showrunner Charles Murray for the positive changes. The Playlist highlights the season’s darker, more streamlined approach, appreciating its existential themes.

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RogerEbert.com commends the strong performances in Outer Range Season 2, especially by Josh Brolin and Imogen Poots, and the show’s ability to handle complex themes without losing emotional weight.  JoBlo.com applauds the maturity and complexity of the series, noting its rich narrative and engaging twists despite the potential difficulty less attentive viewers​ may have following the story.

A review from The Daily Beast criticized Outer Range Season 2 for its disjointed narrative and lack of cohesion. Despite the intriguing premise, the multiple subplots and time-jumping elements fail to come together smoothly. The review mentions that while the show tries to channel the surreal comedy of Twin Peaks, it falls short in execution.

Fans have had a largely positive reaction to Outer Range Season 2. Viewers took to social media to express their appreciation for the show’s unique genre-blending, relishing the plotlines and complicated mysteries. Moreover, the new season’s focus on time travel and historical aspects has been fun viewing for many.

Given the critical acclaim and positive fan response, there is a solid case for renewing Outer Range for a third season. The depth of the storylines offers more than enough material for further exploration.

The show’s blend of family drama, sci-fi elements, and Western aesthetics also provides a fresh and intriguing viewing experience that stands out in the crowded television landscape.

Outer Range was created by Brian Watkins and draws inspiration from classic Westerns while incorporating modern sci-fi twists. Season 1 premiered on Amazon Prime Video in April 2022. The story centers on the Abbott family who are struggling to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of Royal’s daughter-in-law, Rebecca.

Season 1 ended on a cliffhanger with revelations about time travel, the true identity of Autumn (who is actually Amy, Royal’s granddaughter, from the future), and various supernatural events impacting the family. Outer Range Season 2 continues to be a standout series, bringing back long-time fans and attracting new viewers.

With positive reviews and strong fan support, Outer Range is well-positioned for a potential third outing now that Season 2 has reached hit status.