“The Outlaws” Returns to Prime

“The Outlaws” Returns to Prime

The Outlaws will return on August 5th (this Friday) for a second season of incompetent crime.

What Is The Outlaws?

If you liked Good Girls and other similar TV shows where people fell into crime, this show is actually pretty fun. The first season involved seven strangers all working to renovate a community centre in order to complete their service following a number of different crimes. Everything from kleptomania to sex crimes, the useless criminals end up in possession of a significant amount of money.

And then they spend it.

And then it all goes to hell.

The Outlaws is a comedy thriller about a disparate group of lawbreakers thrown together to complete a community service sentence. Seven strangers from different walks of life are forced to work together to renovate a derelict community center. When one of their number gets dragged into a dangerous world of organized crime, they unite in ways none of them thought possible.

Season two isn’t a whole lot better for everyone, per the logline:

Picking up a few months after the climax of Season One, in Season Two, the Outlaws still have time to serve on their sentences, but quickly realize the criminal underworld isn’t done with them yet—not by a long shot. This ragtag group of misfits’ shared past comes back to haunt them, in the shape of a terrifying London drug lord out for blood—The Dean.

Why We Watch

As revealed last season, Lady Gabby is a overprivileged white rich woman, who has just begun steps to becoming a better person. Season two continues her journey, setbacks and all, to growing up. Gabby finally tried to address her daddy issues, only to have them slap her in the fact and kick her while she was down.

It was painfully clear in season one that her father has no interest in her at all. He’s written her off and tossed her aside, making promises to her and then quickly breaking because he believes she’s a failure. A funny thing happens when you treat people like failures. Gabby is the perfect example of that. She is constantly set up for failure, even by her friends who are trying to help her.

Her problems are related to everyone else, though. They’re all put in a situation where constant, repeated, failure is the only way forward. Dangerous decisions have led to disaster, and the only way out is even more danger. Which leads to more disaster.

Like I said last time, Eleanor Tomlinson is perfect in the role. As Gabby is consumed by her weaknesses, her continued growth (albeit in tiny steps) make you hope she’s going to get there in the end, but empathize if she doesn’t. Or can’t.

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The second season delivers an enjoyable 6-episode romp with crime, confusion, and community. The story is tighter than season one, but also a little unbelievable and could be more gay.

Check it out, August 5th on Prime Video.

About Mika A. Epstein

Mika has been deep in fandom since she could say 'Trekkie.' With decades experience in running fansites, developing software, and organizing communities, she's taken on the challenge of delving into the recesses of television for queers long forgotten. Making this site with Tracy is nothing short of serendipity. Mika lives with her wife and their cats in Southern California. Of course she has a hybrid, but she'd rather ride her bicycle.

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