Saturday, January 22, 2022

What I’m Watching: Yellowjackets (Season Finale)

Yellowjackets: Season 1, Episode 10 “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” (B+)

There was something fascinating about seeing Shauna, Taissa, Natalie, and Misty show up as adults to the reunion, where there was a slideshow with the whole team and a ridiculous conclusion that Jackie would have wanted to see Shauna dance with Jeff in her stead as prom queen. What everyone at the reunion doesn’t know is incredible, and the way in which Jackie became a pariah and then went out into exile to her death was chilling. The dream where everyone invited her back inside and was offering her hot chocolate was eerie, and that ending suggested there’s much more creepiness to come as they “let the darkness set them free.” After freely confessing who the shrooms were really meant to drug, Misty was able to execute much subtler and more effective moves in the present, first as she calmly talked about how to dispose of a body and then poisoned Jessica’s cigarettes after letting her go from her “little stay at the Caligula Inn.” Shauna may be doing much better in the present, but Taissa’s surprise victory isn’t going to cover up the fact that her wife has just found her very dark and freaky secret in the basement wall that she decided to crawl into rather than run far away from in the opposite direction. And Natalie, just moments from killing herself, has been abducted by some mysterious group that may or may not be related to what we’ve come to know in the past. There’s still so much mystery to be unpacked, and while I’m still finding more questions than answers, the quality of the performances on this show is strong enough that I’m very much in for more.

Season grade: B
Season MVP: Melanie Lynskey as Shauna

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