It is tough to precisely describe how unimaginable Sophie Nélisse’s work has been on “Yellowjackets,” as a few of her greatest moments aren’t with explosive shows of emotion, however the managed stillness usually required of younger girls simply making an attempt to outlive a world that has by no means been hospitable. She has already greater than proved her expertise with season 1 episodes like “Saint,” the place she takes the viewers by way of the horrors of an tried DIY abortion, or “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” the place she balances the merciless venom of battle that may solely be expressed between teenage woman greatest pals having a blowout, and the relentless agony of shedding the particular person you’re keen on most on this planet in the identical episode.
Within the episode, Nélisse’s model of Shauna is put by way of the emotional wringer. Not solely does she must act out the painful expertise of childbirth, however she additionally has to precise her terror when it appears issues aren’t going nicely. She’s always fluctuating between 100 totally different feelings at any given second, and but each choice she makes as a performer is the right one.
There’s an authenticity to her efficiency that knocked the wind out of me, precisely depicting a selected ache that I hope nobody else has to expertise, however one which I do know goes to sadly resonate with extra viewers than anybody might probably predict. Everybody on “Yellowjackets” has been by way of some significantly horrible trauma, however the way in which Shauna has been pummeled by tragedy is incalculable. And Nélisse brings a cautious, caring strategy to each line supply, facial response, and vocal inflection — along with emulating the signature “isms” of Melanie Lynskey.
Every little thing Lynskey stated about Nélisse’s efficiency in “Qui” is true on the cash, and it is going to be unsurprising if she winds up with an Emmy nomination following the tip of season 2.