Summary of the finale of the “yellow vests”, season 1, episode 10
Sic Transit Gloria Mundi
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The worst thing in the world can happen to you, and you can find yourself in a situation where you yourself have done the worst thing possible, and even in this madness, this regret and this sorrow, you still have to get up in the morning and prepare- you breakfast. You still have to take a shower, choose a mask of normality for the day, and reintegrate into life as it happens around you. The surviving Yellowjackets navigate their adult lives on a kind of dissociative autopilot, and after spending that first season of the show trying to draw conclusions based on information handed out by utterly unreliable narrators, no one knows. still not know what really happened there in the desert of their crash site, or even what’s happening now beyond how it’s framed in their shell-shocked memories, but he There are a few facts that we know concretely: There was a plane crash. Some people died in this accident. And some people went on with their lives in those woods and outside of them. It can’t be said yet that some of the crash survivors have chosen not to be rescued and remain in this cabin at this time, but I wouldn’t doubt it. Especially in the case of Lottie Matthews. But dead or alive, saved or remaining, anybody completely out of this desert.
The morning after “Doomcoming,” we see the Yellowjackets picking up the pieces of the celebration that have slipped away from them under the influence of mushrooms and hormone-fueled hysteria. Misty, kicked out of the group for trying to poison Ben again and accidentally poisoning everyone else in the process, stands outside the cabin reading a book that caught my eye and sent me into a Google investigation. ‘one o’clock. I took a screenshot of the book and tried to zoom in to read the author’s name, but couldn’t. However, the title is The Wizard. Once I typed this title into Google, it was as if a whole world of context came to life before my eyes and directly related to the more mystical aspects of Yellow Jackets’ scenario and its symbolism. In 1965, a writer by the name of John Fowles published a book called The Wizard which, according to Wikipedia, is about “a young British graduate who teaches English on a small Greek island…and finds himself embroiled in the psychological delusions of a master trickster”. And there is another book called The Mage, or Celestial Intelligence by Francis Barrett, which was originally published in 1801 and details symbols which look a lot like the symbols carved into the trees, cabin floor, and painted red in a hidden room in Taissa’s basement above the severed head of their family dog. Francis Barrett was an occultist who also studied chemistry and metaphysics and was described as an eccentric who gave lessons in the magical arts outside his apartment. His most famous work, The Wizard, deals with “the natural magic of herbs and stones, magnetism, talismanic magic, alchemy, numerology, the elements”. Misty pulled all kinds of weird books out of that cabin they stayed in. Plant books, survival books, and now that kind of stuff is on her reading list. It makes me wonder if Lottie is the real Antler Queen or a puppet set in motion by Misty’s influence.
During their press rounds for their first season of yellow jackets, both Christine Ricci and Juliette Lewis mentioned that their characters are both master manipulators and not to trust a word they say or a thing they do. Juliette Lewis also said that her character, Natalie, was introduced to her as a chameleon, which she wished she had seen more of. However, this trait seems very visible in this finale, where she seems much softer and more amendable than in all previous episodes. All of this tells me that if the flashbacks on this show are memories these survivors have, and we can’t trust their memories, how do we know what’s real and what’s not? Well, that’s the fun. Is not it ?
This show’s ability to insert genuine LOL humor into horrific situations deserves an award, and this episode is a perfect example of that. Misty, Shauna, Natalie, and Taissa come together to solve problems together for the first time in 25 years, and as Shauna says while cutting up her dead boyfriend’s body, “It’s like riding a really gross, fucked up bike. ” Misty steals a bunch of lightproof oxygen bleach, gloves, and everything else they would need to dispose of the body without getting caught on the job. She’s about to do it under the guise of picking up her Tupperware container, which makes way for a great joke about cannibalism: “Are you planning on taking the leftovers home?” Once Adam is reduced enough, Misty offers to lend Shauna the shovel she keeps in her car (shudder) but makes sure to point out that she’ll want it back. She tells Shauna to put his torso in a suitcase and bury it in a specific park, then brings home Adam’s remains, head and hands, which she disposes of by putting them in the cremation coffin. of his newly deceased patient Gloria.
The death of Shauna’s boyfriend, with all the grim reality of its aftermath, seems to help Natalie come to terms with the fact that Travis probably committed suicide. We later learn that Lottie was the one who emptied his bank account after he died, so the symbols found where he hung make me think he ended up being involved in the same cult as Lottie, Misty, Van and Taissa were If we are to believe there is even a real cult out there and not just an imaginary cult – but it looks real enough when a group of people wearing cult pajamas and necklaces with the cabin symbol on them crash in Natalie’s hotel room and take it away just before she’s about to shoot herself in the head. The moment here is reminiscent of when Misty barged in to stop him from taking coke. Just in time. Maybe she had more surveillance in there than just the Ylang Ylang spy owl?
The last 20 minutes of this final shook me to such a degree that I haven’t felt since watching Midsommar for the first time. Jackie and Shauna discuss in the cabin Shauna’s betrayal with Jeff and Jackie’s prolonged mistreatment of Shauna as a little sidekick. Shauna kicks Jackie out of the cabin, and we see her struggling to make a fire on her own, which she never manages to do. In what I took for a double dream sequence, we see Shauna imagining that she went out to bring Jackie back from the cold, which she never did. We see Jackie living out her final moments as a beloved member of the team and the best friend Shauna has ever had. She’s drinking hot chocolate, Laura Lee is there to bring her, and all the while her physical body is outside dying in the cold, which feels like falling asleep.
• I couldn’t make out the exact phrase Lottie says at the very end after offering the bear heart to her strange tree stump, then Misty and Van knelt behind her. It sounded like “beautiful from darkness, set us free”, so I googled this and, to my horror, the lyrics to a Hillsong church song called “Tirelessly” has come. And you, Justin Bieber? And you?
• “Shut the fuck up, Doug. You are an adult. – Allie, living her best life as class president of 1996 for their 25th high school reunion.
• “Ladies, have fun! — Misty’s farewell to two fellow nurses, one of whom is clearly a man.
• “I just had the craziest case of deja vu!” — Misty, wringing out a bloody rag.
• “Do you quote Beaches to me right now? -Shauna.
• Jessica got what she deserved. Everyone knows that smoking kills.
• Taissa’s worship offering with her child’s doll and that poor dog’s head was metal as hell.
• When the “who’s that guy” from the intro credits appears during Jackie’s Midsommar stage and said, “I’m so glad you’re joining us, we’ve been waiting for you”, I almost had a heart attack. Is it the death of the attic? Or is he simply the personification of the “cult leader” Jackie’s dying brain has conjured up in his imagination?
• What happened to Javi the night of “Doomcoming”?