Words designed to be eaten later in remorse: “As long as nobody does anything crazy, we have nothing to worry about.” Maybe Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), certainly one of a number of survivors of a infamous tragedy 25 years earlier, isn’t conscious that Juliette Lewis — the embodiment of lunacy in so many movie and TV tasks — is enjoying certainly one of her former companions in peril.
Yellowjackets is a luridly intriguing melodrama a couple of fictional state-champion staff of feminine high-school soccer gamers whose desires of nationwide triumph crashed together with their personal aircraft, which went down in a northern wilderness in 1996. Seemingly impressed by the 1972 crash of a Uruguayan rugby staff within the Andes, the Showtime collection toggles between a catastrophe/survival story with disturbing Lord of the Flies-like flashbacks—determined teenagers descending into tribal rivalries and animal savagery over 19 months — and a recent thriller through which the grownup survivors’ suburban veneer and vows of silence start to crack when somebody begins dredging up their secrets and techniques all these years later.
Many roles are doubly forged, younger and older, and it’s enjoyable to see them evolve: Shauna (performed as a teen by Sophie Nélisse) is the elite student-athlete who matures right into a seemingly mousy and sad spouse and mom — however beware the rabbit that strays into her backyard. While grownup Shauna learns to let her hair down, we’re launched to her extra clearly twisted counterparts: Lewis because the unhinged Natalie, as soon as a druggy wild little one (Sophie Thatcher) from an abusive dwelling, and Christina Ricci’s deceptively chipper Misty, bullied when she was the resourceful staff supervisor (Sammi Hanratty), now paying it again to unruly sufferers at a nursing dwelling.
Early on, we see that the ladies are killers — on the soccer discipline, anyway — particularly the conceited Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown as a teen), who stirs up headlines as an grownup (Tawny Cypress) when she runs for state workplace. Suddenly, a reporter with shady credentials is asking, “So what do you think really happened out there?” Wouldn’t everybody wish to know? Turns out a political assault advert with a cannibalism punchline could possibly be the least of her issues.
These unsavory hooks make Yellowjackets an appropriately suspenseful companion to Showtime’s rebooted Dexter: New Blood. Not having seen your entire season, I gained’t assume that the teammates who haven’t reappeared but as adults are essentially lifeless. I solely know that as catastrophe thrillers go, this can be a lot much less embarrassing than NBC’s cartoonish La Brea.
Yellowjackets, Series Premiere, Sunday, November 14, 10/9c, Showtime