A reporter named Jessica Roberts (Echo Sharma) asks various people about girls who survived a plane crash in the area in 1996.
Shawn (Melanie Linsky) has grown up in 2021;
Living a rather depressing life as a stay-at-home mom. Roberts reaches out to her, who believes she can benefit from a seven-figure book deal as she tells her story.
After all, those who survived the plane crash. Where their team lived in the jungle for 19 months before rescuing them. Sean, who claims he hasn’t heard from anyone in years. That urged Roberts to leave immediately. Especially since he and others had vowed never to talk about what happened.
We see lightning strikes from the other two team members, both in the past and present. Natalie (Juliet Lewis) is tackling her anger issues in rehab once again. Her teenage version (Sophie Thatcher) is a good gamer.
Who likes to hang out with her crazy friends in the back alley and is against jokes. Taisa Turner (Towney Cypress) is running for US Senator; a photographer in a magazine called them “gay Kamala”.
Teen Taisa (Jasmine Savoy Brown) is more worried about freezing first-year university students. In the national tournament they are about to play because she thinks the frog is worthy of the team. Team manager Misty Quigley (Sami Hanratti) is a giddy teenager in love with almost everyone. As an adult (Christina Richie), she is a bitter and vengeful head nurse.
The older Sean meets with Taisa to tell him about this reporter – who has no records – who ransacked. Taisa also told her about Natalie. Who had returned to New Jersey and pulled a rifle from the trunk of a Porsche she had kept.
Scattered with teen drama and adult scares;
We see scenes of accident victims wearing fur doing things like draining the blood of a girl they captured. Then boiling and eating it, all in a ritualistic manner.
It takes a lot to juggle essentially three timelines, but that’s precisely what Yellowjackets showrunners Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson did for their writers. For the most part, it’s done effectively, drawing some pretty clear lines between the characters on the soccer team before the crash, after the crash, and a quarter of a century later.
The non-linear method of storytelling, which tends to hide details longer than the linear method, usually annoys us but is used effectively here. The significant advantage is that the author tries to figure out the timeline.
Before the crash, how did the leading players on the team like and hate each other? It feels like old fashioned stuff, but with actors like Purnell and Nellis in the 1996 chronology, the time before the crash looks like it’s going to be a little worse than a typical teen scare story.
On the one hand, the city they live in has some difference between them / none because both are represented in the team. Jackie lives in a large house with little supervision; Another teammate’s father paid for the national team’s charter, and the girl joked that it was “her parenting idea”. Meanwhile, Natalie lives in a trailer, and the rest of the team has to beat her unconscious mother to wake her up.
We look at other issues that may arise between team members:
Just like Sean’s secret game with Jeff that we see today turns out to be a long term deal after Sean is rescued. Taisa creates a training situation where a freshman trying to freeze to death breaks his leg so severely it protrudes from his skin, and everyone seems to hate the only girl on the team who prays for everything.
The least well-defined plot is the story after the crash, which makes sense. Most of the secrets of the show are revealed in this plot. Who is leading and why? How did they start this society to survive? And how did they get poor Jackie and eat him?
We don’t know if this is Jackie; He wore the locket with Jackie’s heart, but Jackie also gave Sean this locket on the plane just before it crashed. So it’s interesting to see how this mystery unfolds.
Yellowjackets do a great job tackling all three genres simultaneously. It’s a thriller, a story about growing up and a survival story, and it’s all presented in a way that leaves us wanting more.