The new Netflix show, The Outer Banks…um…well, it’s not the Outer Banks. It’s not even close to the Outer Banks.
The first dead giveaway was probably the beautiful antebellum homes that line the street in the background of the first shot. Looking suspiciously like Charleston, SC.
And then there were the mature palmetto palms, again looking suspiciously like Charleston, SC.
We don’t have anything against the city of Charleston. In fact, it’s a beautiful city worth a visit after a stay on the Outer Banks.
However, visually it doesn’t look very much at all like anyplace between Ocracoke and Carova.
We could probably have gone along with the visual confusion, but the story is…um, well, there are flaws.
There is the 1960s era VW minivan. These kids, according to the story, come from the poor side of the island. Admittedly it’s pretty beat up, but those things are going for five figures these days.
Then there was the lighthouse light that went out when the electricity failed during a hurricane. Although lighthouses are on the power grid, they have their own emergency power source.
Probably though, the number one plot twist that has people up and down the Outer Banks scratching their heads, is the ferry that runs from Figure 8 Island on the Outer Banks (wherever that is) to Chapel Hill.
The gaffe was so obvious that the internet lit up, prompting the NC Ferry Division to post a map and write on their Facebook Page, “In case you’re bingeing ‘The Outer Banks’ on Netflix and wondering… no, there is not a North Carolina ferry route between Chapel Hill and the Outer Banks. But we can dream, can’t we?”
According to the shows producer, Jonas Pate, that was an editing error. The original script had the kids taking a ferry to the mainland and then taking some ride sharing service—UBER or LYFT, perhaps—to Chapel Hill.
Possible although highly unlikely since that would are a 200 mile or so ride.
The way to look at Outer Banks is entertainment. But it doesn’t seem to have much at all in common with the real Outer Banks.
And speaking of the real Outer Banks—we’re getting closer and closer to welcoming our guests back to our home. Contact us at Brindley Beach Vacations and we’ll share the latest news.