The ‘Yellowjackets’ Season 2 Premiere Is a Slow Burn That Ends with a Wild Twist

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*Warning: Spoilers ahead*

ICYMI: The first episode of Yellowjackets season 2 is now streaming on Showtime. The series follows the members of an all-female high school soccer team who are forced to fight for their survival after their plane crashes in the wilderness. The story is told from the perspective of the teenagers (in the past, following the crash), along with present-day scenes featuring the adult versions of the survivors.

The first season captivated viewers and earned the show a whopping seven—yes, seven—Emmy Award nominations. Now that season 2 is out, there’s only one question on our mind: Is the new installment as good as season 1?

Here’s our honest review of Yellowjackets season 2.

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The beginning of the episode is a slow burn because it reintroduces every unfinished story line from season one, including Natalie’s (Juliette Lewis) kidnapping, Taissa’s (Tawny Cypress) sleepwalking, Misty’s (Christina Ricci) scheming and Shauna’s (Melanie Lynskey) lying to cover-up a murder. It also explores several flashbacks, including Teen Lottie’s (Courtney Eaton) premonitions and Teen Shauna’s (Sophie Nelisse) guilt about Jackie’s (Ella Purnell) death. *Shivers*

The installment also features an extremely brief scene of the teens shortly after being rescued. (While the rescue is discussed in present-day, this is the first time we’ve seen any footage of the teens after the wilderness.)

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The season 2 premiere teases just enough suspense to leave viewers wanting more. But the episode is not an edge-of-your-seat ride, and that’s OK. There is a lot of ground to cover because there are so many characters with important story lines. And as a result, it’s not as exciting as the season 1 premiere.

The first half of the episode is basically a dramatized recap that gives very little away. The second half picks up the pace, but it doesn’t have the same shock value as the first season. (Remember when Teen Misty amputated Ben’s leg? Savage.)

Still, the season 2 premiere sets the stage for what’s to come without overwhelming the viewer with new information. And despite the slow burn, the installment ends on a cliffhanger that proves season 2 is worth the watch.

The ending not only shows the first glimpse of cannibalism (you know it’s coming), but it also confirms that Lottie’s premonitions have continued into adulthood. And she’s ready to reconnect with her former teammates.

If you enjoyed season 1, don’t let the slow storytelling deter you from watching Yellowjackets season 2. Now that we know what happens to Jackie, it’s time to focus on the most important burning question: How are they rescued?

The first episode of Yellowjackets season 2 is now streaming on Showtime. If you have cable, be sure to tune into the installment on Sunday, March 26, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...