Outer Banks 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

All set to a dramatically-rendered version of The Beach Boys’ “Sloop John B,” this first glimpse at OBX3 sets up a bevy of plot points: the return of John B’s previously-presumed-dead father, a new quest for (naturally) El Dorado, and a mysterious new villain, Carlos Singh (Andy McQueen). Notably, there’s also signs of even more romantic tension between Kiara (Madison Bailey) and JJ (Rudy Pankow), potentially spelling an end to Kiara and Pope’s (Jonathan Daviss) fling.


But Outer Banks isn’t The White Lotuswe come to this place not for realism or thinkpiece material, but for magic, the kind that’s blatantly obvious but still makes you gasp. The best parts of the show— outlandish shenanigans that don’t exactly befall most teens, or anyone—are the best parts of the trailer: car chases and foot races, speedboat escapes and hand-to-hand combat, beach keggers and Wayfarer sunglasses. Every sunset is searing-yellow perfect, and even stranded in the middle of the ocean on an untamed, uncharted island, John B. still somehow finds a windsurfing board. If this is pandering, let it never end.

Outer Banks returns on Netflix on February 23.