TV’s buzziest shows aren’t trying to trick viewers anymore

Somewhere in the middle of “Doomcoming,” the penultimate episode of Yellowjackets’ first season, I had the pleasantly discombobulating feeling of realizing I wasn’t watching the TV show I thought I was. The buzzy (haha) Showtime series about a soccer team of teenage girls struggling to survive...
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Everything You Need to Know About ‘Yellowjackets’

A group of teenage soccer players succumbing to cannibalism after their plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness? The Yellowjackets creators made adolescence sound like a horror show. Literally. The Ringer takes a deep look at Showtime’s thrilling and mysterious hit, covering its first season from all angles. Follow along below:
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Yellowjackets Season 1 Review

Season 1 of Yellowjackets, which wrapped on Jan. 16, is now available on Showtime. Below is a spoiler-free review. It’s always been the challenge of a new TV series with an excellent pilot to live up to the promise of its introduction. Reality is that for a myriad of reasons, it’s more common to get diminishing returns and for the series to just disappear into the ratings mist. However, the Showtime original Yellowjackets has bucked the trend by only getting stronger throughout its 10-episode season. It’s earned its glowing critical accolades and audience word-of-mouth since its November premiere because it has masterfully paced out its mysteries within two timelines and leaned on its remarkable ensemble of actors to invest us in the shocking, heartbreaking, and downright bizarre lives of the Yellowjackets championship girls’ soccer team of 1996.
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The Bloody, Brutal Business of Being a Teenage Girl

Yellowjackets, the Showtime series about a high-school girls’ soccer team stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash, can be extremely stressful to watch. The drama, which ended its first season tonight and has been renewed for a second, is relentlessly violent, and the writers seem to delight in attacking or killing off the most lovable characters. The aggressively knotty narrative braids together two timelines: One, set in 1996, follows the squad after the accident and involves drug-induced visions, a close encounter with a bear, and—eventually, per a flash-forward—a cannibalistic cult led by a masked character wearing antlers on her head. The other, set in the present day, tracks the survivors as middle-aged adults who get targeted by a blackmailer. At times, Yellowjackets’ many preposterous story beats have risked derailing the show.
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Yellowjackets has reawakened my inner Lost fan

For the last few weeks, my mind has been filled with questions that, out of context, make little sense. I’ve thought long and hard about why a high school girl would start eating dirt and which middle-aged man might be covered in glitter. I’ve pondered the significance of everything from psychedelic mushrooms to a high school soccer coach’s pep talk to a missing bullet in a police officer’s gun. I’ve even rewatched video to see if a state championship-winning goal was offside — and don’t get me started on how much I’ve thought about cannibalism. What I’m saying is: Yellowjackets has completely taken over my brain. I haven’t been this obsessed with theorizing about events in a television show since the cast of Lost discovered the hatch.

The Yellowjackets Finale Gave Us All It Needed to Give

The Yellowjackets season-one finale packs more twists and reveals into its last ten minutes than some entire seasons of television. In that time frame, we get: a cigarette poisoning, an election victory, a near suicide, a kidnapping, evidence of two heart-sacrifice rituals, and a shattering death. And that’s not even a complete list. The wham-bam slam of all these moments, back-to-back, could feel cheap or gimmicky on another show. On Yellowjackets, it doesn’t because each gasp-inducer achieves what this series has done so deftly throughout its first season: answer questions, with great emotional impact, while raising new ones in the process.

The buzziest questions we have before the 'Yellowjackets' finale

(CNN) — Note: Spoilers abound for the first nine episodes of "Yellowjackets" -- proceed with caution!. "Yellowjackets," the searing Showtime series that takes the hellishness of adolescence (and womanhood) to a new level, wraps up a season of nastiness, backstabbing and literal stabbing this Sunday. But, with so many...
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The ‘Yellowjackets’ Season Finale With Creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. Plus, Some Final ‘Station Eleven’ Thoughts.

Chris and Andy give some final thoughts on Station Eleven and what made this season of TV so special for them (1:00). Then they run through a few shows they’re enjoying right now, like Euphoria and Vigil (19:20), before Chris is joined by Yellowjackets creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson to talk about the season finale of the show (35:57).

Yellowjackets’ Liv Hewson Fears for the Future of Van and Taissa

Spoilers ahead for the season-one finale of Yellowjackets. By the time the Yellowjackets first-season finale ends, team captain and high-school royalty Jackie is dead, her best friend, Shauna, is in mourning, and Lottie’s visions have led her to take on the mantle of Antler Queen in the 1996 timeline. Standing behind Lottie as the first two followers of her burgeoning cult are equipment manager Misty, whose deranged tendencies play a pivotal role in the present-day story line, and goalie Van (Liv Hewson), who’s escaped death multiple times since her high-school soccer team’s plane crashed in the Canadian wilderness.

Sophie Thatcher on ‘Yellowjackets’ and Playing a “Sci-Fi Joan Jett” on ‘Boba Fett’

[The following interview contains spoilers for Yellowjackets season one and The Book of Boba Fett.] Sophie Thatcher thought her Jan. 12 debut on The Book of Boba Fett would be her introduction to the pop culture zeitgeist, but her Showtime series, Yellowjackets, which premiered two months earlier, has instead become the Internet’s new favorite show out of nowhere. Created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, Yellowjackets is a psychological survival drama that explores the immediate and long-term aftermath of a high school soccer team’s plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. As part of the series’ dual narrative, Thatcher plays teenage Natalie,...

Yellowjackets Is the Internet's Favorite Anti-Internet Show

Nostalgia, they say, comes in waves, each one crashing as a new generation learns how their parents lived. In the 1990s, the narrator of Radiohead’s song “The Bends” proclaimed, albeit sardonically, “I wish it was the ’60s.” By the aughts, pop culture was awash in a yearning for the ’80s—an epoch that saw, perhaps, its final crescendo with the debut of Stranger Things in 2016. Now, in 2022, it seems as though many people—or at least the ones who make movies and TV—are longing for those days when Radiohead themselves first dominated the airwaves.
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Let the fan theories commence: Yellowjackets is getting a second season. The newest hit thriller follows members of a high school women's soccer team in two timelines: the immediate aftermath of a 1996 plane crash that left them stranded in the wilderness for 19 months, and 25 years later as the women still living try to keep what they did to survive secret. The brutal premise is part survival horror, part psychological drama, showing how the teenage friendships initially devolve and later get warped by trauma and secrets over the years–and that's before you add in its excellent '90s punk soundtrack.

‘Yellowjackets’ Reveals the Identity of the Blackmailer, Plus Who Dies? (RECAP)

[Warning: The below contains MAJOR spoilers for Yellowjackets Season 1 Episode 9 “Doomcoming.”]. The Yellowjackets hold their version of a homecoming in the wilderness following their plane crash — hence the title for the penultimate episode. Things get pretty wild and they nearly sacrifice Travis (Kevin Alves), due to their accidental ingestion of shrooms (Misty’s doing), the present-day timeline includes a murder and the revelation of who’s blackmailing them as adults.

'Yellowjackets' season finale teases cannibalism — but delivers on much more

In the first episode of “Yellowjackets,” Showtime’s unnerving, darkly comic horror-survival drama, teenage best friends Shauna (Sophie Nelisse) and Jackie (Ella Purnell) face each other at a debaucherous bonfire. Jackie, captain of the soccer team and general teen queen, has just stopped her teammates from verbally and...

Sophie Nélisse on the 'Yellowjackets' Finale, Fan Theories, and Why She Honestly Thought "I'm Getting Fired"

Unless you’ve been stranded in the remote wilderness for the last two months, you’re probably aware that it’s a Yellowjackets world and we’re all simply living in it. Showtime's cooler version of Lord of the Flies is eating us all up with a sordid story of a high school girls soccer team who survives a plane crash that lands them in the not-so-great outdoors, where they remain left to starve–or not–for 19 months.