This article contains tons of spoilers for Yellowjackets 2.2, “Edible Complex.” Read on only if you’ve seen the episode, or are just curious, or like having things spoiled.
Yellowjackets loves a good needledrop.
The Showtime series is back for a second season, and though it has a new music supervisor in tow — Euphoria‘s Jen Malone departed the series after Season 1 and has been replaced by Stranger Things‘ Nora Felder — the soccer team survival story is doubling-down on its ’90s music palette early in its return. This meant memorable moments soundtracked by Mazzy Star, Montell Jordan, The Offspring, Liz Phair, and Seal in Season 1, and already appearances from Garbage and Tori Amos tunes in the first episode of Season 2.
But while Yellowjackets 2.1 didn’t lack for great music, the scenes — except for the ear-eating final image of the episode — didn’t really provide standout moments to imbue new meaning on the music. Opening the episode with Sharon Van Etten’s “Seventeen” felt thematically on the nose and a little off-target with regards to the music’s general commitment to the time period