'Outer Range' Episode 3 Review: Joy questions the Abbotts, Trevor's body surfaces

Episode 3 of 'Outer Range' sees the police get closer to zeroing in on the Abbotts for Trevor's disappearance. His body resurfaces to make things worse


                            'Outer Range' Episode 3 Review: Joy questions the Abbotts, Trevor's body surfaces
Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott in a still from 'Outer Range' Episode 3 (Amazon Prime Video)
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Spoilers for 'Outer Range' Episode 3

'Outer Range' is one of those shows that's unpredictable for most parts. We go into each episode with a set expectation but the makers manage to pull the rug under our feet every single time. Episode 3 is no different. Titled 'The Time', it begins with Royal Abbott pondering over his time in the void. 

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The previous episode of 'Outer Range' saw Autumn picking his brain about it and also showed his experiences after he was pushed inside the mysterious portal by her. While Royal's ruminations are cut short by his granddaughter, the focus switches to Wayne Tillerson, who tells his sons Luke and Billy to offer Royal a million dollars for his western pastures. Wayne also seems to be rather unfazed by Trevor's disappearance, which irks Luke, who expresses his intentions of not offering the money to Royal to Luke.

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Elsewhere, Autumn continues her exploration of the Abbott Ranch, during which she finds a mysterious stone buried in the ranch. Rhett is still reeling from Trevor's gory death and he's told to only focus on his upcoming rodeo exhibition, which he later aces. However, Deputy Sheriff Joy informs him that his blood was on Trevor's belt buckle found outside the bar, increasing the stress that Rhett has been feeling for a while. He finally goes out on a date with Maria, after which an intoxicated Rhett urinates on a squad car and ends up getting arrested. 

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He's questioned by Joy and confesses to having a scuffle with him outside the bar but denies having anything to do with his disappearance. He's bailed out by Royal, who also takes the blood-stained belt buckle from Joy's office. Episode 3 of 'Outer Range' ends with Trevor's body resurfacing on the Abbott Ranch, making Joy take her investigation in a new direction.

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'The Time', directed by Jennifer Getzinger on a script by Zev Borow, continues to build the pressure that the Abbotts and the audience have been feeling as the walls start to close in on them. However, Royal could be making his decisions based on the visions of upcoming events that the void shows him. It will definitely be an interesting angle if that is the case. With Autumn discovering the stone, an additional layer has been peeled, further revealing the otherworldly nature of the Abbott Ranch. 

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'Outer Range' is available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.