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Now that I’ve seen the pilot of Yellowjackets, I can tell you a variety of ways you could have sold me on giving this show a try. Queer actress Jasmin Savoy Brown! One of my childhood crushes, Christina Ricci! Queer female main character! Big Little Lies meets The Wilds! Those all would have hooked me, easily. But I was sold by learning it also features Sarah Desjardin, who first charmed me in her queer role on the devastatingly underappreciated show Impulse and then later as a deliciously malicious prep school teen on Riverdale. And if it’s any indication how much I enjoyed this first episode, by the time Sarah’s character appeared on screen, I was so invested that I had completely forgotten why I started it in the first place, yelping with joy when I saw her.
Yellowjackets is the story of a high school girls soccer team, their mascot being the titular role, whose plane goes down on their way to a championship game, forcing them to do whatever it takes to survive for 18 months until they’re rescued. The show jumps between present day and the 90s, a popular trend in TV lately, probably partially due to the average age of TV writers, 90s nostalgia being hot right now, and teen dramas being easier to manipulate without the interference of smartphones.
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