Season 1, Episode 3, “The Dollhouse” – .

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Season 1, Episode 3, “The Dollhouse” – .


Jasmin Savoy Brown as teenager Taissa in Yellowjackets

Jasmin Savoy Brown as teenager Taissa Yellow jackets
photo: Colin Bentley/Showtime

So many Yellow jackets seemed ready to face trauma, the ongoing nightmare in which the girls, now women, are still trapped, even decades after the accident. But plus the third episode, “Welcome To The Dollhouse” introduces us to the trauma with which they entered the woods – in Taissa’s case, it’s something terrible that seems to have haunted every stage of her life.

The episode begins, rather gently, with a funeral. The devastated girls gather “around the graves of their dead teammates.” They hold hands and look for nice things to say about themselves, lamenting that they don’t know them better or that they have deeper things to say. It has now been three days since the accident occurred and hopes for a rescue are starting to falter. Misty, condemned them all in the last episode destroying the back-up transmitter, is obsessed with getting the trainer back, feeding him what she can while her bloody stump hurts him.

Things start to improve when Taissa, returning from a hike, sees a lake. Jackie doesn’t want them to leave the crash site but is outvoted. The factions are starting to form: We know that a girl (probably a girl, technically could be the trainer or Travis) will end up behind the horns and the veil, so Jackie and Taissa now appear to be likely candidates.

At the edge of the lake, the girls spend a moment of pure happiness frolicking in the water. It’s hard to believe that they will soon resort to hunting each other, but darkness creeps around the edges. They discover an abandoned cabin in the middle of nature that seems straight out of Evil death. Aside from the plethora of blankets, it’s not a big sanctuary – the canned food is rotten, the parquet creaks, and as poor Lottie finds out, there’s a withered corpse in the attic. Bringing the cabin into the woods is a nice little reframing of the story; Until now, viewers might have thought that the series would hunt a very human type of monster.

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It comes back these days with his son Sammy, who in three episodes has gone from sweet to full Damian. He attacks other children and watches his mother with all of Lucifer’s power, but seems to have relaxed by bedtime. He asks his mother, “Why don’t people like you? and tells her “you’re not the bad one”. When asked “Is anyone else the wrong one?” He shakes his head. Are there two Taissa? Is it possession by something in the woods he’s talking about? I don’t know but I want answers soon. Despite everything Yellowjackets sets up so many mysteries, I hope the series doesn’t resort to a single exposure dump to explain everything in the final episode. It bodes well that the journalist’s story ends, where it is revealed that she was hired by Taissa to try to get information from others, checking to see if anything bad could come out during the election campaign. .

We also have new questions regarding Shauna, Misty, and Natalie in the present tense. The least convincing is Shauna, who harasses with little skill in knowing where Jeff is going and with whom. She follows him to a hotel but cannot convince the receptionist to give her the room number. Then out of nowhere comes Adam, the most suspicious man in the world, to buy him a martini which, as martinis so often do, leads them to find a hotel room together and start the full game. of their relationship.

Nat and Misty’s antics are far more exciting, with Christina Ricci and Juliette Lewis continuing to have weird, deliciously unbalanced couple chemistry. They continue their quest to find Travis, who has changed his name and lives in the middle of nowhere. When the ladies break in, they find nothing but a small check stub and an expensive bottle of liquor. Before they can investigate further, a nervous cop walks in, pointing a gun, and arrests them for break and enter.

Luckily, as always, Missy is good at a crisis and has been fishing for Nat’s old friend Detective Kevin just in case he is helpful. It’s a bit practical, but Ricci continues to be sublime. Unfortunately, when they return to Travis, they find him hanging around her neck, long dead. It seems that expensive alcohol was a makeshift last meal. It’s a beautiful acting game from Lewis as devastated Nat faces the reality that Travis is dead, made even sadder by the flashbacks where you see their bond forming. Misty finds a final note from Travis with a cryptic “Nat was right” – although that is exactly what can be added to the long list of unsolved mysteries that we are piling up.

Stray observations

  • They come across a bear carcass in the woods whose sides have been torn off. When asked how this can happen, the trainer makes a hardcore foreshadowing and credits Wolves with the fact that “Wolves can kill anything if this pack is big enough”.
  • I really liked that Misty talked to Natalie about the guys she was dating without success, including one who asked for her socks and still never called.
  • Is there anyone sadder than the poor coach whose stump keeps attracting flies and Misty. When he cried out, “I can’t be like this now. Why couldn’t I have died? it could be the darkest thing said in a field very crowded with dark things.
  • I’m not looking forward to the twist that Jeff doesn’t really have an affair.
  • We also learn that Taissa paid for Misty’s rehab. Misty seems to have been to rehab a lot. How rich is Taissa supposed to be?

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