Early Reactions to “Yellowjackets” Season 2: Brilliant Performances, Abundant Thrills, & Completely Unhinged
Critics are starting to buzz with the first reviews for season two of Yellowjackets, and for fans of Showtime’s phenomenally effective thriller, the buzz is very good indeed. The creative team behind the stellar series, led by creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, had the difficult task of avoiding the sophomore slump for a show that was just about flawless in its first run. Then there was the cast, led by a slew of gangbuster performances from Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, Tawny Cypress, and more, tasked with teasing out characters who shocked us in the first season and would be arriving a little less mysterious in the second season. According to the critics, mission accomplished.
Yellowjackets is more than just a thriller; it’s equal parts survival epic, a coming-of-age drama, and a psychological horror story. Season one managed this medley of genres to great effect, brought off by stellar performances from an ensemble of incredible actresses and some ace directing. Season two dives deeper into the horrors of the past, when the titular Yellowjackets (a girl’s soccer team) crash-landed in the Canadian wilderness and had to do the unthinkable—some of them becoming the unthinkable—to survive.
Season two promises to answer some of the riddles of the first season, including what exactly happened in the frozen Canadian forest all those years ago and why those events have come back now to haunt the survivors. Season two also introduces some surviving Yellowjackets that we didn’t follow in season one, while adding new characters, like Walter (Elijah Wood) to the mix. As Walter said to Misty (Christina Ricci) in a teaser for season two, “Kidnapping, cults, death—your friendships are a little more complicated than most.” You don’t know the half of it, Walter—and neither do we!
The returning cast includes the aforementioned Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Juliette Lewis, and Tawny Cypress. Newcomers joining Wood are Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Servant) and Simone Kessell (Obi-Wan Kenobi).
Let’s take a peek at some of the early reviews so far. Yellowjackets season 2 hits Showtime on March 24.
My season 2 review of Showtime’s thankfully still addictive #Yellowjackets for @TheWrap, in which I pray that the show does not go the way of the dreaded Lost smoke monster. Also my favorite binge-watch with my son right now #motheroftheyearhttps://t.co/3TCJD3gEoJ
— Gwen Ihnat (@gwenemarie) March 16, 2023
okay, #yellowjackets season 2 is just as good as the first, and somehow gets darker, while still finding moments of humor. the whole cast — including the new additions — are once again brilliant. i don’t think there’s another show on TV firing on all cylinders quite like this one pic.twitter.com/g8B53DWkUw
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) March 16, 2023
#Yellowjackets hits the ground running in season 2. As wickedly funny and overwhelmingly gross as ever (based on 6 eps), the new cast additions fit in seamlessly, the continuing cast is incredible as always, and I am way, way in. So happy this show is back, and as good as ever. pic.twitter.com/7JWzOB9cs0
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) March 16, 2023
The massively-acclaimed and undeniably gripping first season left a lot of expectations to live up to. For the most, this next chapter does, introducing new characters and questions while giving a few answers. https://t.co/gaW9gULpIx
— Observer (@observer) March 16, 2023
I really enjoyed the first three episodes of the new season of “Yellowjackets.” It’s completely unhinged, which is a good thing. https://t.co/hX2rlR9eOu
— Emily Zemler (@emilyzemler) March 16, 2023
— Matthew Jackson (@awalrusdarkly) March 16, 2023
— Belen Edwards (@belen3dwards) March 16, 2023
I reviewed #Yellowjackets Season 2; if it’s possible, this show is now even wilder than before? The past timeline is still the most compelling, but the performances from the older cast also remain brilliant. https://t.co/1jOazNZwS0
— Carly Lane-Perry (@carlylane) March 16, 2023
— Vanessa Armstrong (@vfarmstrong) March 16, 2023
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Featured image: Christina Ricci is Misty in “Yellowjackets.” Courtesy Showtime.