Season One Starts With a Crash
The original 1996 Scream is my favorite movie of all time. 90’s revival is popular right now looking at Netflix’s Fear Street part one, the series Cruel Summer, and the film Butchers. Yellowjackets is another 90’s revival show that has two timelines, one being in 1996 and one in 2021.
It is a simple premise, a girls soccer team experiences a plane crash into the Canadian wilderness and the survivors have to figure out how to work together to stay alive with the hope of being rescued. There may be more to the crash than what is initially shown. In the present day timeline, we see the girls as older versions of themselves and they must continue to navigate what they went through while dealing with the trauma of their ordeal years later. Their interactions create more questions than answers.
This show is a dark psychological horror with a lot of survival drama story themes. Notably, I thought it would be similar to Amazon Prime’s The Wilds, but it is not. The show is really about the team dynamic between the girls thrown into their situation as well as showing us more through flashbacks to before the crash and the present day 2021 timeline. It is interesting to watch their relationship dynamic change as the weight of their situation really sets in, how their relationships shift, and bonds become strong. The focus is mainly put on Jackie, Misty, Shauna, and Natalie.
Each character is very compelling and they all have fascinating stories. It is also interesting to see how their personalities come together in their struggle to survive. Some hunt, some cook, and do other tasks to contribute.
The acting is excellent. Every cast member is selling the situation and their reactions, thoughts, and feelings. Additionally, the show is funny. It’s not an outright comedy, but the girls do try to make light of the situation in both timelines with dark humor. Another thing that stood out to me is how well this show is cast. The girls are all strong actresses, but the 1996 and 2021 versions of them complement each other very well. Specifically, the performances that stood out to me the most were the portrayals of Melanie Lynskey, Ella Purnell, Sophie Thatcher, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis.
The fact that the show has a timeline in 1996 leads to some fun 90’s music which adds life to the show and the moments the said music is used. Also, I very much enjoy the opening theme song and instrumental scores played during the intense scenes.
This show is interesting in the way the plot progresses and the reveals are what keep you watching. I feel as if this show does a lot to differentiate itself from any other survival dramas. This can be attributed to the two specific timelines, the characters, their chemistry, and how real it feels. When they go hunting, you can feel their desperation and determination for their next meal. I also really appreciate how the girls are clearly very aware of their situation and the show pulls no punches. The show also deals with interesting themes such as faith, human nature, being a teenage girl, trauma, and survival instinct.
However, there is a slightly mysterious and somewhat unexplained element that I’m not yet sold on, so I’m wondering how that plot point will progress.
Overall, I’m excited to see where this will go and what will happen in future seasons as we see this story unfold. Season one wraps up on January 16th. Watch this if you enjoy survival drama, teen angst, and darker series. Yellowjackets is available for streaming on Showtime.
Yellowjackets (2021) Official Showtime Trailer