Yellowjackets continues to prove a thrilling mystery with elements of horror in its second season

by Ed Blackadder

Yellowjackets Season 2 continues the continues to follow a group of high school girls who are stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash. The second season of the show continues to be well-made, horrific, and mysterious, delivering a compelling story that is often unpredictable and takes the viewer in unexpected directions.

Yellowjackets is a unique show by nature for the simple fact that it’s hard to actually relate to or root for any of the protagonists. The moment one character seems to be the essence of evil, the show turns our expectations around and gives them an aspect of sympathy. Likewise, just as soon as we feel a character is relatable, something happens to make that character despicable.

One of the greatest strengths of Yellowjackets Season 2 is its ability to maintain a sense of tension and suspense throughout. The show’s creators have done an excellent job of building on the cliffhanger ending of the first season, with new twists and turns that keep viewers guessing at every turn. The show’s use of flashbacks to reveal more about the characters’ pasts and motivations is also expertly done, adding to the overall sense of mystery and intrigue.

At times, it seems to border on the supernatural, but then there is suddenly a real world explanation, although the possibility remains that could take us in either direction.

Another aspect of Yellowjackets Season 2 that stands out is its excellent ensemble cast. The show features a talented group of actors, including Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, and Tawny Cypress, who all deliver outstanding performances. The show’s characters are complex and nuanced, and the actors bring them to life in a way that is both captivating and chilling.

The pacing is tight, with each episode delivering new revelations and raising the stakes for the characters. The show’s use of horror elements, including body horror and psychological terror, is also well done, adding to the overall sense of dread and unease.

However, Yellowjackets Season 2 is not without its flaws. Some viewers may find the show’s graphic violence and disturbing imagery to be too much, while others may be put off by the show’s sometimes slow pace. Additionally, while the show’s use of flashbacks is effective, it can be confusing at times, especially as the show continues to reveal more about the characters’ pasts.

However, it may not be for everyone, especially those who are easily disturbed by graphic violence and disturbing imagery.

With the announcement of a third season already in the works, there’s no doubt season two will end in yet another cliffhanger and leave plenty of questions unanswered.

Ed’s Grade: A-