[This story contains spoilers from the third episode of Yellowjackets season two, “DIGESTIF.”]
yellowjackets After the show, the most gruesome events yet came back to show a common hangover for the young survivors after their cannibalistic feast.
The third episode of Showtime’s survival season, titled “DIGESTIF,” reveals both the viewer’s and Taissa’s (Jasmin Savoy Brown) memories of what they did. “You really don’t remember? You ate Tai’s face,” Van (Liv Hewson) says to her friend, who has dissociative sleepwalking and can’t remember what happened when “the other Tai” takes over. Then he became violently ill.
As the cast participates in oral history with Hollywood actor, The starving characters in the show’s 1996 desert timeline are ravenously feasting on the body of dead teammate Jackie (played by Ella Purnell), after a hallucinatory sex scene involving Lottie (Courtney Eaton), who played in both the reality and the bacchanal dream series.
Everyone took part in the party, except for Coach Ben Scott (Steven Krueger), who set the goal back. “We wanted to explore it from the girls’ point of view. Because when he seems to be abstaining, how do they see him now?” explained co-creator Jonathan Lisco, who wrote the “Edible Complex” thing, when he spoke THR about Ben’s storyline. “You can potentially see him as someone who had discipline and didn’t want to break that religious social. But more now they will see him as more independent and judgmental, and therefore they consider him outside the circle of their political group. So I think that some people are the most dangerous coach, because he does not act in the party And so we shall see in the process of singing narratives.
What he does in the third episode is the internal journey of a lonely adult in the wilderness, as the Coach begins to experience the neurological effects of the fasted pack. As he lies in the cabin and daydreams; yellowjackets jumps back in time to show Ben’s life before the crash. and the flashback, both in the past and in an alternative time, works to show what life is could it would have been good if he had never fallen on the plane, and committed Paul to his lover, played by Francisco Arnaud.
“If I got on that plane, I was committing the most miserable version of myself. Fucking high school football coach who wants to ignore everything because he wants to, I don’t know, keep him safe?” says Ben, in this alternative version. “I’m going to live the way I want, the way I know I wanted, and I’m going to be the man I know I am. Another lamb.”
Note, Ben only left the team after the crash. And in the scene, the local news is running with the story of the Yellowjackets crash team, as if Ben never got on the plane.
“Ben is a unique character because he’s there with them, but he’s such an outsider in this place,” says Krueger, speaking to THR. “I was wondering going into season two, where are they going to go with this? What is an interesting way to tell his story? And I thought the creators and writers just nailed it. Getting to see one person who is outside the group, go inside and really start to live in their own mind, that just makes it that much more tragic. His journey is most heartbreaking.”
He continues: “You did not see the final consequences of what happens from that kind of entering into his psyche, but intense. And it’s sad and scary. And I think people should really enjoy it; it gives a nice curve and goes through exactly what it is inside the peak.
What viewers begin to see is Ben hallucinating some of the fears that were written all over his face when he watched the group of teenagers feast on Jackie. The second episode ended with Ben running into his cabin and knocking on the door in both horror and fear of what they could do and if he could be next. As Natalie (Sophie’s co-worker) tells Jackie the rest in a foreboding warning, “I think shit’s going to get a lot worse here.”
In the oral history “The Edible Complex”, Krueger explained that Ben, as an adult, feels the responsibility to separate the right from the wrong and knows that he will be the one to answer the questions if and when they are freed. “There’s this constant sobriety that Ben has about the situation – about right and wrong – that the younger generation is losing track of.” He can control his own emotions, he says, but he completely loses it in everyone else’s, and I think this is most uncomfortable for him.
Here, he elaborates: “The monologue worked on me internally [at the end of episode two] I was holding a mirror to myself through the lines and realizing that not only had I lost control of the situation, but also that my identity was being constrained,” he said. “My identity in the eyes of these girls, in front of these girls, is their coach and authority figure. And if I open the window, who am I?
Delving further into Ben’s psyche and what will happen in the 1996 desert (survivors have been stranded for 19 months, and there are seven episodes left in season two), Krueger adds: “All of a sudden, I’m completely powerless. I don’t really know who I am anymore, I don’t really know how to recognize myself.” when I look in the mirror. So if I’m left alone with him, what we see with Coach Ben in the rest of the season, which is very internal and dealing with his own psyche, leads to what he really left all of. He asks, where do I go from here? Who is this man I don’t even recognize him anymore. And all the other things that are going on from the outside, that’s really hard.
yellowjackets It airs new episodes weekly on Fridays to Showtime subscribers, and airs on cable Sundays at 9 p.m. THR‘s yellowjackets at the time of the two coverage and interviews.