Yellowjackets season 2 review: A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an even scarier forest

In the eerie and intense second season of Showtime’s horror thriller Yellowjackets, newly elected New Jersey state senator Taissa Turner (Tawny Cypress) wakes up disoriented in her car, setting the stage for a season that delves deeper into both literal and emotional wilderness

The season alternates between the present, where the survivors of a plane crash are still grappling with their traumatic past, and the past, showing the harrowing experiences of the girls stranded in the wilderness. In both timelines, the characters are still struggling to survive and escape their respective predicaments, but there are signs that the writers may be unsure of the ultimate destination.

The girls in the wilderness are facing harsh winter conditions, dwindling food supplies, and internal conflicts. Factions begin to form among the group, with some girls putting their faith in a mysterious spiritual connection to the environment, while others find it unsettling. In the present, the characters are dealing with the aftermath of past events, including a police investigation and the consequences of their actions.

As the characters navigate these challenges, the series explores themes of survival, trauma, and the human psyche. The performances, particularly by Melanie Lynskey and Lauren Ambrose, are compelling, and the show effectively builds tension and mystery. However, some plot developments feel telegraphed, and the writers seem to be juggling multiple mysteries without clear direction.

Overall, Yellowjackets’ second season is a gripping and thought-provoking continuation of the story, though it may leave viewers wanting more answers as the mysteries deepen.

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