Yellowjackets Season 2 Ep 2 is the 12th chapter of a survival horror drama television series created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. The series cross-hatches several genres successfully by combining influences from popular TV series like Lost, True Detective and every teenage coming-of-age drama out there.
The premise of Yellowjackets is as follows – 25 years ago, a high school girls soccer team were stranded for 18 months in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. The trauma of that experience lives on with them to the present day as the darkness becomes part of their everyday lives. Thus, the narrative of the series is divided between these two eras.
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Entitled “Edible Complex”, Yellowjackets Season 2 Ep 2 is perhaps the most supernatural chapter so far in this (so far) grounded series. In addition, this instalments finally depicts the scenes of cannibalism – something hinted at since the opening sequence of the first season. One might say, this was the big one, what the fans of the series have been eagerly anticipating.
Yellowjackets Season 2 Ep 2 also spends a considerable time in the past with flashbacks of events that ultimately lead up to that cannibalistic moment. Shauna has been talking to Jackie’s ghost, the latter suggesting that perhaps the group should eat her dead flesh in order to survive. Is this really happening or is this only in Shauna’s traumatised psyche? Travis and Taissa both see visions as well, the former visualises Lottie watching Nat and him make love while the latter hallucinates an unknown dark individual in her sleepwalking.
The danger with the increase of the supernatural elements is a threatening of the suspension of disbelief. This occurs when Jackie’s funeral pyre is turned into a barbecue pit through a confluence of unlikely events! The disturbing scene is handled tastefully (!) enough, presenting it as a bacchanalian feast – a fantasy sequence the groups is experiencing while undertaking the grisly offending act.
But what about the present day? Again, more supernatural elements as Lottie reveals to Nat what happened the night Travis died. Lottie seemingly distracted by an apparition as Travis suffocated to death. But can Lottie’s account be accepted at face value? Much to unpack here and we can expect the drama, tension and conflict to escalate further. Highly recommended!
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