By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
A new Western/supernatural series set in Wyoming has risen to the top of the Amazon Prime streaming rankings since its premiere last week.
“Outer Range,” which stars Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, debuted with its first two episodes on Friday on Amazon Prime’s streaming platform. The first two episodes have received mostly positive reviews so far.
“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,” reads a summary for the show on popular review site ‘Rotten Tomatoes.’
“A thrilling Western family saga with hints of wry humor and supernatural mystery, Outer Range examines how we grapple with the unknown,” it reads.
Two new episodes will be released every Friday for the next three weeks, with eight episodes being released in the first season.
Although the series is set in Wyoming, it was actually filmed in New Mexico.
Glenn Woods, radio host of “Wake Up Wyoming,”is a fan of the series and has spent time talking about the show on his morning radio program.
“I saw the commercial one time and it was so confusing,” he told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday. “Under any other circumstances, I would have never looked the show up. But I kept noticing little hints of Wyoming in the trailer, like a quick shot of the Tetons in the background.”
Woods compared the first two episodes of “Outer Range” to shows such as “The X-Files” or “The Outer Limits” with a touch of “Yellowstone” mixed in.
His biggest concern is that “Outer Range” will end up like “Lost,” where the plot becomes so convoluted that many of the questions raised never get resolved.
But so far, he’s hooked and will be checking out the newest episodes when they go live each Friday.
He did note that despite being filmed in New Mexico, the show’s setting does resemble Wyoming, even though it contains shots of the Tetons being seen from places where they should not be visible.
“It’s like a law when anything takes place in Paris, the house or business has to have a window where you can see the Eiffel Tower, that’s how it is for the Tetons in this show,” Woods said.
“Even if you’re in Cheyenne, you can apparently see the Tetons from time to time. But really, they’ve done a great job about dropping in Wyoming. There was even a professor’s business card that showed the University of Wyoming,” he said.
He added that anyone interested in watching the series should pay attention to small details, because they could be important later on in the show.