'Yellowjackets' Episode 7 Review: Deaths begin to start as Taissa searches way out

What makes 'No Compass' a gripping chapter is the attention to detail and a sincere attempt to showcase the psyche of survivors


                            'Yellowjackets' Episode 7 Review: Deaths begin to start as Taissa searches way out
Liv Hewson and Jasmine Savoy Brown as Van and Taissa in 'Yellowjackets' (Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME)
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Contains spoilers for 'Yellowjackets' Episode 7 'No Compass'

'Yellowjackets' cranks up the horror and the drama in Episode 7. Titled 'No Compass', the episode focuses more on Taissa (Tawny Cypress and Jasmin Savoy Brown) again as the teen version leads a pack of survivors with hopes of finding a potential end from the wilderness they're trapped in. The move ends badly as the first casualty is seen after a pack of wolves devours Van (Liv Hewson). The present-day see Taissa, Natalie (Juliette Lewis), and Shauna (Melina Lynskey) attempt to catch their mystery blackmail artiste only to fail.

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The episode also sheds light on the relationship between Travis and a teen Nat, while Shauna finally breaks the news of her pregnancy to Jackie(Ella Purnell) just to lie to her again that it wasn't Jeff who she had sex with to get pregnant. Coming back to Van's death, it's not long before we see the body count pile up. From what is shown so far, Travis (the present-day version is dead), Natalie, Taissa, Misty, and Shauna seem to be the only survivors who seem to have made it out alive and that means there's a lot of imminent deaths in store for the audience.

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Juliette Lewis as Natalie, Tawny Cypress as Taissa, and Melanie Lynskey as Shauna in 'Yellowjackets' ( Kailey Schwerman/SHOWTIME)

 

What makes 'No Compass' a gripping chapter is the attention to detail and a sincere attempt to showcase the psyche of survivors. While Van and the rest of the survivors worry about the impending danger once they see a river looking blood red. Misty (Samantha Hanratty) somewhat reluctantly deduces it to be the effect of some iron ore, to which Taissa readily agrees just to keep the spirits up. The lack of survival instincts costs them dearly, like Van, who for some reason was one of the frontrunners to make it out alive meets an untimely death.

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The present-day Taissa is still reeling from the stress the past induces in her and that appears to be the same with Natalie and Shauna. Surprisingly, Christina Ricci's Misty seems to have no issues about the traumatic past. She does lend some dark comic relief when she bags the journalist and chains her to the bed, all the while taunting and slapping her whenever the opportunity arises. She's pretty sadistic and Ricci does a great job in playing a volatile character.'

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Yellowjackets' enters the last leg, and with a Season 2 confirmed, there's that potential opportunity to explore the characters even deeper. For now, what is certain is that the mystery figure will not be an easy reveal and might even stretch to the next season.

'Yellowjackets' airs Sundays at 10 pm ET on Showtime.

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