The wildest show on TV is again.
The second season of Yellowjackets ramps up the mysticism and thriller because it follows the twin timelines of a staff of highschool soccer stars who by chance crash-land within the Canadian wilderness. On this subsequent installment, the unforgiving winter means sources are scarce and tensions are excessive, pushing the kids to resort to drastic measures with penalties that hang-out their future selves.
There’s something for everyone in season two. Homicide. Hunger. Kidnappings. Hallucinations. Bizarre Symbols. And New Age cults styled in bohemian rags training the type of forest rituals that would depart a Goop author salivating. However we’re holding observe of all of it in a manner that feels becoming given the character of the unhinged gamers on this darkish and twisted survival sport.
Welcome to our Yellowjackets Sting Meter. We’ll measure the erratic, unexplainable conduct of the present’s primary lineup, rating them in accordance with how harmful, lethal, and certifiably insane they seem in every episode. Who’s only a whacky employee bee and who will get topped Mad Queen of episode one’s “Mates, Romans, Countrymen”? Let’s discover out.
Queen Bee – Lottie Matthews
So far as cult leaders go, Lottie Matthews has definitely earned the best to be worshipped on the altar of her personal making. On the end of season one, she introduced down a wild bear with only a switchblade and a little bit of spunk, sacrificing the animal’s coronary heart to a lone stump within the woods and naming herself the conduit between this sentient wilderness and the group of hungry, terrified youngsters trapped within the thick of it. Scoring a shed’s-worth of meat to your hormonal friends means they’re extra prepared to drink your bloody natural teas and belief your psychic premonitions — however Lottie’s no one-trick-pony.
Within the current, she’s discovered a approach to mould the minds of the weak and struggling with out assistance from hunger. She’s had her mind fried because of a years-long keep at a Swedish establishment, and he or she’s emerged from her madness cocoon as a backwoods self-help guru in flowing kimonos with a blowout to match. She’s having visions, listening to voices, and forcing grown males to show their flaccid penises whereas being buried alive by disciples donning animal masks. She is an icon. She is the second. She is … completely f*cking terrifying.
Van is the type of ride-or-die who fortunately camps out in a haunted attic and suffers nightly rope burns and lip munchings to maintain her accomplice from wandering the woods in a sleepwalking haze. Get you a girlfriend like Van.
Sure, Coach Ben is technically the one “grownup” on this state of affairs and he needs to be taking a extra lively function in main the women away from occult sacrifices and cannibalistic ideation. However he’s drained. He simply misplaced a leg. Let him make his little maps and sleep on his rusty cot and dream concerning the homosexual life he may’ve led, okay?
Travis is only a teenage boy and as such, he won’t ever attain Queen Bee standing. Actually, I’d be shocked if he graduates to 2 stings over the course of this season. His panic assaults and searching prowess make him a legal responsibility, however not a risk. But. If he insists on having these delusional hallucinations of his (more than likely useless) brother Javi although, we’ll need to re-evaluate.
Teen Misty continues to be paying her dues for that entire shroom-poisoning-orgy debacle final season in order annoying as her culinary enter is in the meanwhile — in fact the stew wants extra herb lady! It may additionally use extra meat if Shauna would simply wrap up her kiki with that human popsicle — she’s pretty tame on this episode. Her grownup counterpart is barely extra unhinged — who sends visitors dwelling with a plastic container of punch? — and her cookie adorning abilities go away one thing to be desired. However, you know the way it goes. Misty’s gonna Misty.
Jeff simply had to assist his spouse destroy an house stuffed with her nudes painted by her useless ex-lover. Let Jeff get sweaty raging out to Papa Roach in his minivan and by chance set a tiny tree or two on fireplace, okay? The world’s burning anyway.
Nat’s a very good individual with a stable head on her shoulders who’s being peer pressured into consuming blood and giving her boyfriend false hope that his lacking brother isn’t buried underneath toes of snow. She’s additionally a recovering addict who lately tried suicide and is now a hostage of Lottie’s cult. I’d say an errant fork lodged within the meaty little bit of her captor’s hand is the least violent factor she may’ve completed however blood was spilled so effective … two stings for Nat.
Taissa’s sleepwalking episodes are getting harmful and deadlier — prior to now and within the current. Her dead-eyed alter-ego is taking out her evening terrors on poor Van prior to now whereas Tai refuses to hunt assist from Lottie in her waking hours. Within the current, she’s slowly cracking underneath the stress of an impending divorce and her current election win. She’s beheaded one canine and adopted one other – somebody rescue Steve earlier than it’s too late! — and her estranged spouse is threatening to go to the press about all of it. This lady wants the variety of a very good therapist, stat.
It’s all the time a pleasure to look at Melanie Lynskey go fully off the rails however, whereas grownup Shauna has a comedically laborious time prepping for a police interrogation and scrubbing any hint of herself from her dismembered paramour’s artwork studio, it’s Sophie Nelisse who will get to chow down on the surroundings — and a wayward ear — this episode. Shauna’s gone full Norman Bates, enjoying MASH together with her useless pal’s frozen corpse and pocketing the bits of her that break off when an imaginary argument will get somewhat too heated. Finally, she decides to snack on that lonely appendage and it’s laborious to inform whether or not she dipped her toe into the depth of cannibalism as a result of she misses her finest pal or, you recognize, being pregnant cravings.
Citizen Detectives Thread
- Is it simply us or does the bizarre image within the woods look a bit just like the scar on Van’s face?
- Why didn’t Simone confront Tai concerning the household canine sacrifice earlier than the fiasco within the college pickup line?
- How did Lottie know the place to seek out Nat? Extra importantly, how did she know when to seek out her?
- What’s the importance of the burial remedy experiment that Lottie’s cult performs?
- Why didn’t Shauna snicker at Jeff’s nugget manufacturing facility joke? It was humorous.