Prime Video will unveil the first two episodes of its new 8-episode series Outer Range this Friday. Starring Josh Brolin, Tom Pelphrey, Lewis Pullman, Lili Taylor, and Imogen Poots Outer Range is a western mix with some sci-fi that takes place in Wyoming. We are introduced to the Royal Abbot (Josh Brolin) his sons Tom Pelphrey & Lewis Pullman) and his wife (Lili Taylor). The Abbotts seem to be in a feud with the neighboring ranch of property lines. But there is more than just a feud going at the Abbott Ranch as mysterious things start to happen and take a supernatural turn. Thanks to Prime Video I was able to check out the first season, but I will base this review on the first two episodes that will be released on April 15th.

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Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott (Josh Brolin), a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers an unfathomable mystery at the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness. A thrilling fable with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown. At the onset of the series, the Abbotts are coping with the disappearance of daughter-in-law Rebecca. They are pushed further to the brink when the Tillersons (the gaudy owners of the neighboring profit-driven ranch) make a play for their land.

An untimely death in the community sets off a chain of tension-filled events, and seemingly small-town, soil-bound troubles come to a head with the arrival of a mysterious black void in the Abbotts’ west pasture. Wild revelations unfold as Royal fights to protect his family; through his eyes, we begin to see how time contains secrets held in the past and unsettling mysteries foreshadowed.

Outer Range, Royal Abbott (played by Josh Brolin)

My Thoughts On Outer Range Episodes 1 and 2

If you are a fan of westerns and like a little sci-fi in the mix then this might just be the series for you. For me, it did seem to start off pretty slow. We first get our first look at the Abbott family and learn that they have some tensions brewing with the Tillersons that own the neighboring ranch. But the Tillersons isn’t the only problem. While out looking for some missing cows Royal Abbott comes across this massive hole in the ground that seems to be bottomless and when he puts his hand in it he begins to have visions. This is where this western takes a turn towards the supernatural side.

I will admit when I started this series I started to think, “Why am I watching this?” From cattle and rodeos to land disputes and family struggles it at first seemed like it was going to be another western with the same story. That all changes with the mysterious hole. What lies beneath the surface? You will also see that question goes for the Abbotts and Tillersons as well. But at the end of episode one, things get very interesting, and all of the sudden you find yourself wanting to start the next episode right away. Oh yeah, I can’t forget the mysterious poet Autumn who I think we will all agree knows something she is not yet telling.

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Outer Range, Perry Abbott (played by Tom Pelphrey), Rhett Abbott (played by Lewis Pullman), Royal Abbott (played by Josh Brolin)

The second episode will leave you with more questions than answers. For you sci-fi fans this episode is the one that will really get you going. We start to learn more about this hole and its powers. We also learn that this hole does have another side, but ill leave that to you to watch. From family tragedy to family secrets, it looks as if the Abbotts are going to be in for a battle. Not only with the Tillersons but the supernatural powers of the hole as well. The real question from all of this is how well will they all handle the unknown?

As a western and sci-fi fan, this is a series you will want to watch. Like I said it starts off a little slow, but you will soon be sucked into the story wanting more. While this review is based on the first two episodes, you will also want to watch the “hole” season.

The eight-part Outer Range will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on April 15th. Episodes are released two at a time each Friday until May 6th.

Outer Range The Cast

The cast for this series came together well. Marvel and Dune star Josh Borlin gives an amazing performance and draws you into his character Royal Abbot right away. Lili Taylor (Cecilia Abbott), Tom Pelphrey (Perry Abbott), and Lewis Pullman (Rhett Abbot) work together well and give you that feeling of a hard-working ranch family. Imogen Poots (Autumn) shakes things up with her mysterious and outgoing character. Then you have the Tillersons. Will Patton (Wayne), Matt Lauria (Trever), and Shaun Sipos (Luke) not only play these charters well they make you want more of them while knowing they are also up to no good. All of these actors bring an energy to this series that work together well.

Outer Range, Wayne Tillerson (played by Will Patton)

We Want To Hear From You

If you are a western fan, sci-fi fan, or both you will want to catch this series on Prime Video. Don’t let the slow start deter you from watching these first two episodes. I will admit I about gave up but glad I didn’t. Because by the end of the second episode you will be wanting more and asking yourself, “What is going on?”.

Are you excited about the upcoming release of Outer Range on Prime Video? What were your thoughts on this non-spoiler review? Also, what other Prime Video series are you looking forward to? That Hashtag Show wants to hear from you.

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