Yellowjackets Wrings Thrills and Mystery Out of Tragedy and Survival
Yellowjackets. Showtime. Sunday, November 14, 10 p.m.
Life is full of surprises, and not just about narwhals and the severed heads of sea slugs. You sit down to watch a TV show about a plane carrying a girls’ soccer team that crashes in the middle of nowhere and—wait a second—this is not another Lord of the Flies remake at all. Well, not totally, anyway, or maybe even mostly. Showtime’s new drama Yellowjackets is a lot of things, and the quickness with which the veneer of civilization rips away from teenagers is only one of them.
It’s a murder mystery. It’s a feminist fable. It’s a political drama. It’s a coming-of-middle-age story. It’s a ghost story. (Maybe.) And it’s a lot of fun to watch, no maybes about that.
The show simultaneously pursues two timelines. One is in 1996, when the Yellowjackets—New Jersey high school champs flying to a distant tournament—go down in a grisly plane crash that kills or cripples much of the team (and all the adults) and will leave the rest of the girls wandering in the wilderness for 19 months. The other is 25 years in the future, when a handful of the taciturn survivors learn somebody is stalking them through their self-imposed obscurity, seeking to learn what really happened after the plane went down.
The crash, of course, was regarded as a tragedy—not just for the loss of life, but the quality of the lives. “Some of these kids, no big loss, if we’re honest,” the principal, looking around his hallways, tells a reporter. “But those girls were special. They were champions.” Not that everybody agrees. “Not one of those girls gave a good goddam about trigonometry,” sniffs their math teacher.
The trig teacher may be closer to the truth. The hijinks at a party the night before the departure reveal the team is riven by cliques, rivalries, j
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