Yellowjackets has reawakened my inner Lost fan

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For the last few weeks, my mind has been filled with questions that are out of context. I have pondered why a high school girl would start eating dirt and why a middle-aged man would be covered in glitter. I have pondered the significance of everything from a missing bullet in a police officer's gun to a high school soccer coach's pep talk. I re watched the video to see if the state championship-winning goal was a goal that was not in play. Yellowjackets has taken over my brain. Since the cast of Lost discovered the hatch, I haven't been interested in theorizing about events in the show.

There are obvious connections between Lost and Yellowjackets. Both centers on a plane crash in which the survivors find themselves in the wilderness, where a bunch of weird shit starts happening. Both jump around in time, looking at the events in the wild and the cast life before and after the tragedy. Theorizing about what is actually happening is arguably the most fun part of the experience, as both are jam-packed with secrets.

There have been weird mysteries since Lost. I watched the Microsoft Surface ad. Yellowjackets has grabbed me the same way that Lost has. I binged the first half of the show in a single night, before fitting in Sunday evening viewings. I have been hooked since the first five minutes.

It starts out in a perfect way. A young girl is impaled on spikes in a trap beneath the snow after being chased through a frozen forest with whispers and screams in the background. There is a gruesome ritual that I would rather not think about. The Yellowjackets, a high school soccer team from New Jersey that just won the state championship, earned them a spot at nationals. I need to see better camera angles to be sure that the game-winning goal was legit.

There are many dramas happening at the same time. Before the crash, the girls dealt with parties and boyfriends and their on-field dynamics. The team and a few other people who happened to be stuck on the plane try to survive in the wilderness, like the equipment manager. When the survivors struggle to keep it together after everything they went through, one is just getting out of rehab, while another lets loose on a reporter looking for juicy details on the crash. I made myself a Smashing Pumpkins song from the radio in 1995 as a backdrop for this one mixtape.

Yellowjackets is ideal for theorizing because of its combination of bizarre moments, intense drama, and time-changing stories. You will see something that is either shocking or confusing. It could be dark, like a ritual killing or a suicide, or it could be a kid wearing antlers. Or it could be a small symbol that keeps appearing. As the story shifts around in time, it rarely clears things up. It makes you wonder if the answer you are looking for might just be found in a different time. You never know if someone made it through the wilderness until you see them die or make an appearance in the present.

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If it doesn't pay off, this structure can be frustrating, as any Lost fan will tell you. The show had a lot of cool, weird ideas. I still liked it. The mysteries were enjoyable and an excuse to spend a lot of time with these characters. The cast of Yellowjackets is a delight and totally unpredictable, to the point that I would only watch the drama alone. In any time period, Misty scares me.

Yellowjackets is similar to what Lost did for me. I would love to find out who is behind the antlers in the finale. The ride has been great so far. They say that it is not the destination. The journey involves teens eating each other and a seance that went wrong.

The final episode of Yellowjackets will be aired on January 16th.