Review: Yellowjackets, “It Chooses” | Season 2, Episode 8
The survivors reach their breaking point in season two’s most propulsive episode
When I rewatch a given episode of Yellowjackets before reviewing it, I often color-code my notes: individual character subplots in different colors (Misty blue, Taissa purple) with larger group stories in black. And it has become impossible to ignore a particular pattern over the course of this season: generally speaking, the blacker the text, the better the episode.
It’s not surprising, really. No matter the genre, TV shows with large ensembles often benefit from regular cast interaction, rather than stranding everyone in their own individual time-consuming stories. (It turns out soccer isn’t the only thing Yellowjackets and Ted Lasso have in common this season.) But it’s especially the case with this show, where the team dynamics are often the whole point. “Qui” was arguably the strongest episode of the season because it featured a story that involved everyone, not just Shauna. And “It Chooses,” predictably, is another absolute banger, finally letting loose and uniting each cast to tell propulsive stories in both timelines.