On this chapter of The Queerest Things I Watched Last Week, Taissa and Van come out to the team when they throw a shroom-fueled “Doomcoming” dance in the woods on Yellowjackets.
- Yellowjackets – Season 1 Episode 9 “Doomcoming” [Streaming]
There are very smart people writing amazing recaps and commentary on Yellowjackets. I can’t compete with that, so I’m just going to tell you the gay stuff that happened in this episode.
Two episodes ago I was too upset to write about Van getting her face half ripped off by a wolf. It looked like she was dead and I was not up for recapping that. Then, on the last episode — SURPRISE — she’s not dead! The girls were just about to burn her body when they discovered she was still alive! They managed to get her back to the cabin and sew her face back together. Ouch.
On yesterday’s episode, Mari revealed the berries she’s been saving have turned into booze and suggested they all drink it. The girls put together an idea for a full moon, homecoming, “we’re all going to die” party and named it “Doomcoming.” I love the name.
Various people try to ask others out to the Doomcoming dance including Tiassa and Van. Van is a hard no until Tiassa shows the masks she made for the two of them.
It’s very sweet.
At Doomcoming, the couples parade in giving Taissa and Van the opportunity to come out to everyone.
That was a very cute way to come out. Also, I’ve never been to a homecoming dance, is that a thing that happens? Do couples parade in like that?
Meanwhile, Misty has been hoarding medicinal herbs including a stash of Psilocybin magic mushrooms. I think she meant to make some tea to dose Ben, but they accidentally get added to the soup for everyone. Oops! Everyone ingests the mushrooms except Jackie and Doomcoming takes a turn.
At first, it’s typical tripping shenanigans until the girls get whipped up into a hallucinogenic frenzy and almost rape and kill Travis. Yes, that happened.
Thankfully, our couple is off having woods sex and not a part of that horror.
She doesn’t look half bad after having her face put back together.
Also not participating in the Doomcoming frenzy are Ben and Nat who are off in the woods talking about how the meaning of life and everything is love. That is a much more realistic portrayal of what happens when you’re tripping on mushrooms. Misty creeps up on them overhearing Ben’s proclamation on love and jumps on him. She says she heard him, and YES, love shouldn’t be stopped and he should give in to it. Finally, Ben does what we’ve all been waiting for and tells Misty he’s gay.
My wife was like, “Make a Gif of that.”
In the parallel, 20-years-later story, the four surviving women also have a lot of drama. Things are being revealed to the audience and the characters as their lives become exponentially more complicated.
This show has definitely grown on me. Watching it has become one of the first things my wife and I do when we wake up on Sundays.
Also, I found out Anna Waronker, the lead singer of one of my favorite bands That Dog, co-wrote the theme song and score! 90s indie rock realness!
The Yellowjackets season 1 finale is NEXT WEEK and I am really looking forward to it.
This week: Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow are back on Wednesday! Woo Hoo!