Yellowjackets' first season told two distinct stories involving the same set of characters. In 1996, a plane carrying a New Jersey female high school soccer team crashes in a remote part of Canada. Several of them died, and it took nineteen months for them to be rescued. The second story is set in 2021, with the survivors, now in their forties, drawn back together again by a series of unusual events, suggesting the events of 1996 are catching up with them. The show switches back between the two time periods, mining tension from the fact that we know several of the crash survivors do make it back home, but the fates of the others remains unknown.
The show attracted considerable critical acclaim for the two sets of actors playing the same characters, and the casting of heavyweights like Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey and Juliette Lewis for the older roles and Ella Purnell and Courtney Eaton for the younger. The show was also praised for setting up a complex mystery in a compelling manner, with some drawing comparisons to Lost's structure (which also featured a plane crash in a remote location). Season 2 will add more 1990s/2000s names to the cast, with Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings) joining the fray.
Season 1 of Yellowjackets was nominated in seven categories at the Emmys but didn't pick up a trophy, possibly a result of its unfavourable positioning right at the start of the eligibility period.