Loops and time travel are a common sight in modern science fiction again, and they’re finding quite a few clever ways to renew themselves, as well as finding an audience willing to accept them. The recent phenomenon of ‘Dark’ on Netflix is an example of how today audiences are willing to accept interesting challenges and even turning them into phenomena that would be unthinkable a few years ago.
Some of the energy of ‘Dark’ is palpable in one of the most unique and surprising series of the year. This is ‘Outer Range’, a series that you can watch on Amazon Prime Video since it is an original production of the platform. Although in this case one could almost speak more of a bet, since the series by the practically newcomer Brian Watkins defies genre conventions, taking an interesting deviation from the tone and aroma of the western, and also represents a challenge for the viewer.
Up front as a recognizable face is Josh Brolin, who plays the patriarch of a Wyoming family that runs a modest ranch. Although the grounds of him hide really strange mysteries and phenomena with no apparent explanation, and soon people from outside arrived to try to approach them with very particular intentions. From the owners of the neighboring ranch, with the intention of expanding, to an unexpected visitor who asks to camp on the lands in her path during her journey.
The threat of the foreigner and the lonely cowboy as the last bastion of resistance (authoritarian and moral) are classic elements of the Western genre, which ‘Outer Range’ uses intelligently to create a recognizable atmosphere. But its science fiction touches and those surreal influences of ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ make it something out of the ordinary. That desire to be completely different from any current series makes it one of the most interesting that Amazon has recently launched. And perhaps there is no better possible time for a series like this than now.
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