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TV Review: “Snowpiercer” (2020 – )


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Whether we like it or not, there should be law and the order in place to maintain sanity. Its necessity comes not because of power but because of too much freedom which some people tend to take for granted. The Snowpiercer, a 1001 car long train, continues its journey in a frozen world. It tries to have certain rules but because of the different classes and people’s tendency of abusing resources, Mr. Wilford’s created environment begins to crumble.

It’s seven years already. People from different social classes have boarded the train that is literally a small planet within the planet. There are strict rules that exist. To preserve humanity, the mysterious Mr. Wilford has created the train which continues to travel across the globe. While it’s deadly cold outside, it’s hot inside, and more so because of the poor people at the ‘Tail’ end of the train who are literally left to starve to death. But when a series of murders occurs in the train, Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) asks Andre Layton from the tail, as the only detective left on the planet, to solve the case. As he begins to dig deep, he secretly gathers intel to help foment a revolution that could change the course of life in the train.

If you have seen the movie version of “Snowpiercer”, then you know how you should prepare yourself for the TV version. Unlike the original story, the event takes place in the series seven years after the train departure. People in the tail are the ones who did not have the ticket to board. How tickets are obtained is something we can only guess. The series anthologist is Jennifer Connelly’s Melanie who, if you pay close attention to her, is not a bad human being at all if we disregard the executions that took place after her order. But once the story begins to unfold, it appears that there would be chaos in the train if not for the iron hand of Mr. Wilford, who we learn soon enough, has never boarded the train. In fact, it is Melanie Cavill who assumes his identity, to take over the train.

Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) is an idealist. As someone who can’t handle the bloodshed and anarchy, his only goal is to take over the Eternal Engine and create democracy. We learn that the train has already survived almost two dozen revolutions. However, the one that is about to hit will make a difference. As we are introduced to many characters, surprisingly, despite the weak performance from the lead actors, we never lose our interest in any of them largely because of Jennifer Connelly who continues keeping it cool as she slowly becomes the character you will most likely admire the most.

“Snowpiercer” questions social strata, poverty, and how the resources were distributed between the three classes. However, it’s the first class that thinks that it has the complete right to rule. As they feel that they are important, they are willing to kill more people to have control over the train, which brings us to one of the most popular opinions – maybe the Train is better off with Melanie? Another interesting concept in the series, and it has plenty in my opinion, is its meaning of democracy. It’s like the most beautiful thing everyone talks about but nobody knows how to use it or live with it.

Despite the falls and gaps in the storyline, “Snowpiercer” is well worth your attention. It’s smart, thought-provoking, and endlessly entertaining. While it touches upon many subjects, one of the most important ones is surprisingly left unexplored – population control. Overall, it certainly should not be missed, and in fact, must be discussed afterwards as “Snowpiercer” is the only show right now that truly stands out on so many levels; one of them being its unquestionable premise that literally deserves to be dragged out as long as TV exists.

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