Showtime series Yellowjackets hooked me from the very first episode. It had everything: a top-notch cast, a creepy, mysterious storyline, great music, and, best of all, it was just completely bonkers. I love a good old-fashioned WTF horror project.
**Warning: Here there be spoilers. If you haven’t watched season one of Yellowjackets, you may want to revisit this article AFTER watching it. Since we are only a few episodes into season two at this point, there are surely more shocking events to come.
Throughout the entirety of the first season, we continued to learn unexpected things about the girls/women on the Yellowjackets soccer team. Think super-popular Jackie is going to make it out of the wilderness? Nope. Think Jackie’s less-popular bestie Shauna is a loyal friend? Absolutely not! Misty couldn’t possibly get any crazier, right? Wrong!
After enduring 19 months in the wilderness after their plane crashes, we know from the start that at least some of the girls reach adulthood, and the craziness does not stop there. Yellowjackets was great at laying out the story in layers and pulling the rug out from under us when we thought we had it all figured out.
We have only just begun to find out what happens as the story continues, but there have already been a few holy sh** moments. Let’s break a few of those down, shall we?
WTF scenario #1: Shauna re-introduces red meat into her diet
Shauna is having a hard time letting go of her friendship with Jackie. Sure, it was a pretty twisted friendship, since Shauna was hooking up with Jackie’s boyfriend Jeff, but still…she goes out into the meat shed on a daily basis to talk to the frozen corpse of her former best friend. Creepily, Jackie holds up her end of the conversation as well, regularly putting Shauna in her place. She is more or less Shauna’s conscience, and she is brutally honest.
While posing Jackie like a frozen, oversized Barbie doll, oops, Shauna accidently knock’s the corpse’s ear off, and hastily shoves it in her pocket. Later, she styles Jackie’s hair to cover the missing ear, and even uses the makeup in her Caboodles to give the girl a makeover. I mean…she DOES look a little washed out. Not knowing what to do with the ear, Shauna casually drops it in her coat pocket, only to pull it out later, pop it in her mouth and chew it up like it’s beef jerky. Yikes.
WTF scenario #2: The Yellowjackets belly up to Jackie’s All-you-Can-Eat Buffet
When Tai discovers Jackie’s makeover, she wigs out, insisting that they need to get rid of the body once and for all. But since it’s freezing cold outside, they will have to cremate her. We see where this is going right away, but it doesn’t make it any less shocking when the group goes all zombie and starts chowing down on their friend as if she were the main course at a pig roast. Ugh, that’s nightmare fuel.
WTF scenario #3: Lottie is now America’s favorite cult leader
Weird Lottie was a bit of a puzzle in the first season of Yellowjackets. We knew she was suffering a mental illness, and that she ran out of her meds after the plane crash, we also knew that she seemed to possess some sort of psychic powers. She seems to know things, and she managed to single handedly kill a bear, providing some much-needed food to the group.
But, now we find out that in the present, she is actually a cult leader! I don’t know why this surprised me, but it did. And it’s this cult that was responsible for stopping Nat’s attempted suicide, then kidnapping her and handcuffing her to a bed. Of course Nat manages to escape, and then Lottie talks to her about the night Travis died. She claims that he didn’t intend to actually commit suicide, but needed to get right to the brink of death in order to talk to the visions that were haunting him. It all went accidently wrong, though, and he actually died.
WTF scenario #4: Taissa is a really bad sleep walker…I mean, REALLY bad!
Back in the frozen wilderness, Tai and Van are sharing sleeping space so that Van can keep an eye out and stop her girlfriend from wandering off in her sleep, as she is often inclined to do. Still, Taissa manages to walk outside, and Van stops her from stepping off the edge of a cliff to certain death. This takes sleep walking to a whole new level!
Present-day Tai is, shall we say, not really so stable mentally. She entices little Sammy into her car after school by showing him the cute little dog she has rescued. And I use the word “rescued” loosely, since we all remember what happened to poor little Biscuit in the first season. Sammy of course climbs in the car to meet the new dog, named Steve. But, Simone shows up, and tells Tai she doesn’t want her hanging out with Sammy until she gets some help. Also, if she doesn’t seek said help, Simone is going to let everyone know what’s been going on.
We watch in horror as Tai snuggles later with cute lil’ Steve, telling him she is “going to do better this time.” Poor Steve, we can only hope.
Later, Sammy shows up at Tai’s house to play with the dog, and she does the right thing by calling Simone to let her know. When Simone arrives to pick up their son, Tai has fallen asleep. When they discover Sammy’s window open, they think he has run off, and take off after him. That’s when the school calls Simone to find out why he was never picked up. Uh-oh, looks like Tai has been hallucinating again!
When Simone starts to understandably freak out, Tai just sort of zones out, TAKES HER EYES OFF THE ROAD, and stares at Simone until a car slams into them.
WTF scenario #5: Shauna and Jeff have a really weird kink
Meanwhile, present-day Shauna and Jeff have a relationship that defies rational explanation. He is all game for helping her cover up her involvement in Adam’s “disappearance”, and while looking at all of the portraits of Shauna in Adam’s studio, they start to feel a little frisky. While it doesn’t seem like a good idea to drop your DNA around all willy-nilly in a space belonging to a missing/murdered person, they do it anyway before destroying the paintings with turpentine.
Later, Jeff decides to put even more spark back in their marriage by taking his wife on an impromptu mini-vacay. Unfortunately, they end up being carjacked, but Shauna almost saves the day by going terminator on the carjacker and grabbing his gun. Jeff freaks out, and the carjacker drives off with their SUV.
That’s ok, though, because Shauna tracks the guy down later and, while holding the gun on him, channels her inner Hannibal Lecter in a calm, terrifying speech. It comes as no surprise when he returns her keys, and Shauna drives back home.
At only three episodes in, I am already hooked once again, and I am looking forward to whatever insanity is still to ensue on Yellowjackets.
Are you watching season two of Yellowjackets? What are your favorite WTF moments so far? Tell us in the comments section.