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TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E10 Into the White

Snowpiecer Season 2 "Into the White"

Snowpiercer delivers a tense second season finale with “Into the White“. With a season that has been filled with back-and-forth battles, this is an episode that will keep viewers guessing what will happen next.

Wilford has taken control of both trains but there’s a new revolution brewing. Layton and Ruth have received the message from Javier and with the help of Alex decide now’s the time to try to take back their train and rescue Melanie.

The plan is an interesting one. It shows that Layton is thinking beyond just taking back the train. They might be able to do that, waging another war for control and whoever is left standing wins. Instead, Layton is taking a psychological route. By rescuing Melanie, Layton’s forces put a dent into Wilford’s claims and create some hope on the train diminishing the need for his absolute control.

The episode also emphasizes what Layton has done. He’s brought together so many different aspects and groups of Snowpiercer. This is in contrast to Wilford who still rules as a one-man dictator. There is no dissent in his world, all he understands is brutal power and violence.

There’s an intelligence to the way Layton and his coalition goes about things in the episode. Wilford is a blunt intrument to Layton’s dance. There’s also a nice focus on the excess of Wilford and he truly is the “haves” versus the rest of the train and their have nots.

But what’s interesting is where the season ends.

Even with its down moment, “Into the White” delivers some hope. The episode doesn’t end the way that I expected and instead leaves so many questions as to where things might go to battle Wilford. The next steps are a difficult one and the next season should be a hell of a battle. We’ve seen how well Wilford adapts to what’s thrown at him but we’ve also seen how much Layton and his side stick to their beliefs.

“Into the White” delivers a tense hour of television. It’s an excellent finale for the season that captures what it’s been about. It also delivers so many moments that you have no idea what will happen next. Snowpiercer ends its second season on a high note. The third can’t come soon enough.

Overall Rating: 10

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E9 The Show Must Go On

Snowpiecer Season 2 "The Show Must Go On"

Snowpiercer is coming up on the end of its second season with an episode that’s full of dread and an ominous overtone. “The Show Must Go On” is that moment when the dictator has taken control and has decided to purge the resistance.

Layton is in jail and Roche and his family are in the locker. Wilford is now in control of both trains and has masterfully crushed his competition. Now, with control, Wilford’s excess can flourish as we learn the true hedonism that drives him.

The episode is an interesting one as we see Wilford more for what he is, a dictator. While that was pretty clear before, it’s without a doubt now. He’s willing to distract the masses, commit crimes against humanity, hold executions without trial, and lie to the masses. And that’s just in one episode.

Then there’s the carnality splitting the people of the car into haves and have nots. A sex-fest meant for Wilford’s own enjoyment. It’s clear he doesn’t see the people on the car as an attempt to save humanity. Snowpiercer to Wilford is an attempt to save himself and everyone else is either a cog to make that happen or there for his enjoyment.

What’s interesting about “The Show Must Go On”, beyond Wilford” is how it sets up the lines as to who stands where. That’s the most surprising aspect of the episode. We see resistance from quite a few. Some of those are surprising. Despite Wilford’s “absolute” control, in reality his control isn’t absolute. While he distracts the masses, he himself is distracted which has allowed numerous individuals to work to undermine his rule.

“The Show Must Go On” is a fascinating episode as the season begins to wrap up. It takes the hope from the season and crushes it in one episode. We imagined how bad rule under Wilford would be and in one episode we see exactly what to expect. And in many ways, it’s fare worse than we could have guessed. But in the darkness hope still exists. How much it spreads with one episode to go is the question.

Overall Rating: 10

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E8 The Eternal Engineer

Snowpiecer Season 2 "The Eternal Engineer"

Snowpiercer delivers a jaw-dropping episode that brings everything a head. Snowpiercer is seeing problems as water pressure has built up causing flooding throughout the train. Wilford is the cause behind the issues forcing Snowpiercer’s leadership to make tough decisions and call Wilford for help. “The Eternal Engineer” is a hell of an episode that had me gasping out loud multiple times.

With few episodes to go, the tension has been building through the season asking where loyalties lie between the two competing leadership factions.

The Breachmen have been murdered and the tensions have risen with Snowpiercer on the edge of another revolution. Wilford is behind it all manipulating the people of the train to distrust each other and long for order that only he can deliver. That includes outright sabotaging Snowpiercer.

This is another amazing episode full of hope and outright despair as everything plays out and we see who’s the better manipulator. Loyalties are laid out with some suprising declarations.

The episode gives two spotlights that are long overdue.

The train itself is center stage as it sees a massive mechanical failure. We learn more about the train as both factions must come together to resolve the issues. It’s a brilliant episode in that it uses the problems to push so many other plot threads ahead and delivering spotlight moments for so many characters. It’s really one that shows off the ensemble nature of the show. While it has two men clashing between leadership, there’s so many other interesting characters and we get to see them here. With one episode to go in the season, “The Eternal Engineer” really brings so many things together for the various characters on the train.

An example of this is Sam Roche, played by Mike O’Malley. He’s a character that has grown over the two seasons and this is his shining episode in multiple ways. Not only does he give a rousing speech about his thoughts concerning Layton but his story is one of ups and downs with an ending that had me almost in tears. Roche is the star of this episode really laying out what Layton and his faction are fighting for. It’s an inspiring speech that nails it all. It also makes events more tragic.

“The Eternal Engineer” is an amazing episode that will be hard to top in the upcoming finale. It’d be the perfect season finale honestly and I can’t believe there’s more in the season to come. This is an episode of highs and lows, full of tension and the highlight of the season so far.

Overall Rating: 10

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E7 Our Answer for Everything

Snowpiecer Season 2 "Our Answer for Everything"

Snowpiercer‘s fallen into chaos with the recent murders being pinned on tailies. Wilford also might have his first defection delivering a blow to Snowpiercer. “Our Answer for Everything” is a tense episode full of action as things spiral. As Layton and Till investigate the murders, Wilford leads Miss Audrey down a dark path.

“Our Answer for Everything” feels like an episode that examines paths and choices that are made. Layton and Till are attempting to keep things together on Snowpiercer while Wilford slowly corrupts Miss Audrey, using her to enact his will. It’s an interesting parallel episode as you watch the two leaders act.

“Our Answer for Everything” gives a clear line between the two as one leader is willing to literally sacrifice himself to stop a riot while the other wants to be further worshipped playing games with those around him. We see the sadism that Wilford brings. While not everything is right on Snowpiercer, things would be far worse under Wilford.

There’s also some impressive moments given to Ruth who has her standout performance here. Actress Alison Wright has been amazing in this series but this is the episode where she must choose. While others clearly have drawn a line, Ruth still isn’t sure what to do. In “Our Answer for Everything” her loyalty is really put to the test as she makes a stand. She also realizes the horrors she’s committed on others. Hers will be the character to watch as the season progresses as this is the episode that we’ll see her growth launch from.

“Our Answer for Everything” is an episode where to many gains are lost. The tailies are being attacked, blamed for murders and it’s clear forces want that to happen. We see the angry mob at work, stoked by Wilford and his supporters. Snowpiercer’s “peace” is tenuous at best. We see betrayal in multiple ways and at multiple levels as the sharpest lines are drawn.

The second season of Snowpiercer has been an intriguing one exploring what leadership means to the future of the train. We see the sharp contrast between two philosophies and glimpses as to what might happen depenind on who wins. One person wants to rule only for himself while the others are hoping to deliver so sort of democracy and allow the people to determine their future in multiple ways. “Our Answer for Everything” is a pivotal episode that brings tensions to a boiling point and spills over.

Overall Rating: 9.0

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E6 Many Miles from Snowpiercer

Snowpiecer Season 2 "Many Miles from Snowpiercer"

Snowpiercer‘s sixth episode dives into the question as to what has happened to Melanie? The previous episode left things up in the air as to her success at reaching her destination. “Many Miles from Snowpiercer” is her tale as she’s alone in her mission. Alone with her imagination and memories.

The episode could easily have just focused on Melanie, Jennifer Connelly is talented enough to hold an episode on her own. No matter how boring that might be, a person and their thoughts. But instead, the episode dives into the “relationship” and history she has with Wilford, played by Sean Bean.

Bean’s Wilford acts as a taunt to Melanie as she not only is on a mission to gain data as to the planet’s future but also her dire situation for supplies.

What’s interesting is the episode dives into the history between the two. We get to see the spar as Wilford’s train is built. We get to see the philosophical difference between the two as Wilford focuses more on luxury after the apocalypse and Melanie focuses on the future of humanity. There’s a narcissistic god-like aspect to Wilford as he chooses the priorities and acts like Snowpiercer functions on his will alone.

“Many Miles from Snowpiercer” is Melanie coming to grips with her history both before the train’s launch and what was done on the train itself. With a limited amount of food, she’s forced to be creative and decide how far she’d go to feed herself, even cannabilism. It’s an interesting issue and reflects what Melanie put the talies through in their journey before the uprising.

The episode does an excellent job of bouncing between the past and present, while also looking towards the future.

“Many Miles from Snowpiercer” is an interesting episode that fleshes out some of the history of Snowpiercer. We see the tough and chaotic moments before the train’s launch and the outright abuses that were taken part in due to Wilford’s will. We see the death and lack of care for others. There’s a distinct line drawn between Melanie and Wilford and their empathy for others. It’s interesting compared to what we know of Melanie and her time on Snowpiercer.

The episode also looks towards the future as well. Melanie’s goal is to help map out the conditions of the world and see if the planet is healing. But, there’s something else discovered. In a world that we thought was destroyed there’s signs of life. Where there’s a will there’s a way it turns out. We get to see hope in the simplest of ways. It’s implications are major and show there’s a possibility of survival and some sort of normal life while the planet heals, they just need to look hard for it.

“Many Miles from Snowpiercer” is a hell of an episode that shows even in the bleakest of times, hope can be found. It also shows that the schism between Snowpiercer’s outlook and Wilford’s began well before the two trains met. The current situation is a long time coming and has been brewing for some time. It’s an episode that’s gripping to watch on it’s own and adds so much to the larger landscape of the world.

Overall Rating: 9.0

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E5 Keep Hope Alive

Snowpiecer Season 2 "Keep Hope Alive"

Snowpiercer‘s fifth episode asks you to “Keep Hope Alive“. It kicks off with Josie in Big Alice’s train taking advantage of their advanced medical knowledge. But, her mission is clear in that she’s gathering intelligence as to what’s going on and passing it along. What’s big is the episode opens up with us knowing there’s cracks in Wilford’s train and among his people. It’s the first real solid sign his control isn’t absolute.

From there, things get interesting as Wilford is pining for Miss Audrey. He’s stuck on her and his behavior is reflecting that and the choices he’s making. There’s the music he’s playing throughout the train. We get to see there’s some quirky aspects of Wilford like a book club. Such a club would normally feel like a way for individuals to come together for enjoyment. With Wilford, there’s an ominous aspect to it.

An ominous is a great word to describe a lot of the episode. Its major aspect is Wilford and Miss Audrey getting together. Each has an agenda to gain an advantage over each other. But, it’s the visuals that really stand out. Miss Audrey’s walk to Big Alice through the people of Snowpiercer and Wilford getting rid. It’s a reminder there is still a ruling class to the train. They live in a different world than those who suffer. Audrey walking through the tail of Snowpiercer flanked by its inhabitants who suffer is a fascinating visual and one that’s a stark reminder of the underlying themes and issues of the show.

It’s also an episode where you begin to question the leadership of Snowpiercer. There’s issues when it comes to Melanie and there’s a tough discussion and decision as to what to do about it. Their decision and what they do is one that makes the viewers wonder if these are the best people and if their power is getting to them. They may talk about democracy and a train ruled by the people but their actions makes you wonder about their commitment to that.

The episode is an interesting one as the season moves along to the end of it. There are so many plotlines dealt with, each in a subtle way that moves things forward and builds on the political intrigue. It’s an episode of moves on a chessboard until its final few minutes that feel like something out of a gangster film. There’s so much here that it’s difficult to go into them in a review without ruining things. Every aspect of the show’s season are touched upon and moved forward… a lot. This is an episode where so many loyalties are shown and Wilford’s reach is seen. It’s an episode that doesn’t quite stand on its own but is so key as the season begins to wrap up. It’s key to set things up for what’s to come.

“Keep Hope Alive” is a fascinating episode in that it has so many moments that’ll get you to say “holy shit”. It’s one that’s full of so many interesting and key moments, it begs to be watched again to see it all come together and play out. And every actor delivers in their roles. They play things so well, whether it’s hiding their plans, or showing what they’re really thinking on their faces.

“Keep Hope Alive” is a hell of an episode. It’s one that brings a lot together and you’ll want to watch it again. Bravo Snowpiercer, your second season has taken what made the first solid and improved upon it in every way.

Overall Rating: 9.0

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E4 A Single Trade

Snowpiecer Season 2 "A Single Trade"

Warning: “A Single Trade” features suicide and may be upsetting and triggering to some individuals.

Snowpiercer continues to shake things up in its second season. It has added layers and take the series beyond it’s simple class struggles. “A Single Trade” does all of that and more as the two trains come together for a celebration. The train is on schedule to make contact with Melanie through balloons and Andre has invited Wilford and some of his guests to celebrate the achievement.

“A Single Trade” continues the dance between the two trains as each attempts to gain an advantage over each other. Andre sees the event as a chance to possible turn a member of Wilford’s train. Wilford sees it as a chance to be proven right and to see hope dies. But, there’s so much more when it comes to Wilford in this episode.

We find out that Wilford has had a past relationship with Miss Audrey. He doesn’t just want “his train”, he want Audrey as well. In their past, Audrey was an escort and Wilford had paid for her services and apparently grew an attachment. As the episode progresses we get better understanding of that and we learn so much more about Wilford due to that.

In the second episode, we saw Wilford talk a member of his train into slitting his wrists killing himself. In this “A Single Trade” it’s revealed that he did the same with Audrey and she survived. It’s hinted at that Wilford is into serious masochistic things and his relationship and obsession with Audrey is destructive and even more abusive than initially hinted at. It also potentially gives Andre and Snowpiercer an advantage. The question is, will Andre take advantage of that hurting Audrey and forcing her to relive her trauma and put her in further danger.

The episode does so much more than that not only shaking some dynamics up on Snowpiercer, especially when it comes to the investigation over the attack but also introducing us to new members of Big Alice. It expands the cast in an organic way and makes all of those new characters important and key. Will any be turned. Will any of them do the turning? It’s an episode about relationships in numerous ways both real and fake.

“A Single Trade” is a fantastic episode. It not only gives us a well-choreographed dance between the two trains but it also builds tension. Will the contact be made with Melanie? Will Andre’s “hope” win out or will Wilford be right? There are so many small details to the episode that adds so much to the series and characters. This season continues to exceed the first by taking what worked and adding so many more aspects in a logical and organic way. Nothing feels forced, Snowpiercer continues a smooth ride along the track.

Overall Rating: 9.0


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TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E3 A Great Odyssey

Snowpiecer Season 2 "A Great Odyssey"

Snowpiercer‘s second season has changed up the dynamic a lot with the promise and hope that the world is warming. “A Great Odyssey” focuses on the next challenge, Melanie heading to the tracking station. It’s an interesting episode. You’d think the two trains might work together based on this glimmer of hope. But, reality has the leaders of the two trains still sizing each other up and attempting to gain some advantage.

The episode really gives the series a chance to examine Melanie and her daughter Alexandra’s relationship. Reunited after all this time, it looks like Melanie will be leaving her again, which is a very interesting direction to go and delivers a very human focus.

The episode also opens with a bit of a deeper look at Icy Bob and the “sacrifice” he has made. In an address by Wilford to his train, we see some of the experiments done to Bob and it’s presented in a way that it’s for the good of the people and train. It’s an interesting spin and we can see the propaganda that Wilford is shoveling to his own train. It also shows how sadistic he is.

The ties into some ways with what happened in the tail of Snowpiercer. There’s still the question as to who attacked and cut off the fingers of one of the individuals so that it looks like a “W”. Is this someone attempting to shake things up? Is this someone who really likes Wilford? It also could be something else completely. But, the latest revelation is another group within Snowpiercer and this one worships Wilford and is waiting for him. It’s an interesting new addition to the world of Snowpiercer.

But what really stands out about “A Great Odyssey” is its blunt reflection of our real world. At the heart of this season is a megalomaniac who is attempting to reject science to keep their control. It’s hard to not watch the show and think of current leaders who reject data on COVID, climate change, and a whole host of issues, just so that they can keep some control and enrich themselves.

The episode is an interesting one overall. It gives just the right amount of time to each of the many plot threads the second season has picked up. “A Great Odyssey” delivers some solid tension as the train itself is tested in its abilities. While not the strongest episode this season, it’s still an important one that helps drive the greater narrative.

Overall Rating: 9.0

TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E2 Smolder to Life

Snowpiecer Season 2 "Smolder to Life"

Warning: “Smolder to Life” features suicide and may be upsetting and triggering to some individuals.

Snowpiercer‘s second season’s second episode is an interesting one as each train attempts to gain intelligence about each other. “Smolder to Life” is a dance of sorts as Wilford and Andre do what they each can to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of each other.

Each side has a hostage to work with, Kevin with Andre and Melanie with Wilford. But, there’s more than that, each side also has issues with worship and loyalty. There are those among Snowpiercer who worship Wilford. A person who thought dead and has arisen has certain religious aspects to it. And there’s Melanie’s daughter who is clearly not sure what to think of her mother and her abandonment issues.

There’s an interesting dance between Wilford and his attempt to be worshiped and rule and Andre’s attempt to help spread democracy through Snowpiercer. It’s one man versus possibly the people, though things are up in the air as to which side some of the people are on.

What’s really interesting is what we learn of Wilford and Big Alice. We see the extent to which individuals on the train will sacrifice themselves for Wilford. We also get teases that as advance as their technology is, Wilford’s train may be having more issues than Snowpiercer. Starvation is teased as well as possible experiments on individuals. The hulk we saw in the first episode, we get a better idea as to why he can withstand the cold.

But, Snowpiercer has issues as well. An assault has occurred and “Smolder to Life” begins to mimic the first season in some ways. We see the show kick off a new arc beyond the issues the two trains combine face. The series could easily focus on just the two trains having to deal with each other. But, it expands beyond that to show how the new dynamic on the train is leading to new issues, new allies, and new dynamics. But, even that plays into the greater themes of the show. The murder could possibly be a caste thing and attempt to stir up trouble. It could also be Wilford attempting to stir up trouble.

And one of those new dynamics is the snow Melanie discovered in the first episode. What does it all mean? This is an interesting twist as it plays into things we see in other media, the film, the comics. It explains some things in some ways. It’s a hell of a shake-up of the series and where it’s going and also presents an interesting back and forth between Wilford, Melanie, and Andre in front of everyone. It digs into Wilford’s motivation. Did he create the trains to protect humanity? Was it so he can rule? Where things are going really digs into that simple question.

The episode is what individuals are willing to do for each other. Kevin’s sacrifice. Melanie’s sacrifice. They are for other individuals. One is a cult like zeal. The other is for herself and maybe for her daughter presented as something greater. We get to see the different approaches to this new world even further. In place of a ruling caste, we have a ruling individual. In each case the people are in the way. Each brings order and subjugation, though the alternative is full of questions and risks as well. We get to see how two individuals react and it seems the series looks to explore how that goes with the people as a whole. While not quite apparent, “Smolder to Life” may deliver an even more intriguing political allegory than the first season.

Overall Rating: 9.0


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TV Review: Snowpiercer S2E1 The Time of Two Engines

Snowpiecer Season 2 "The Time of Two Engines"

When the first season of Snowpiercer ended, the train was met by a mysterious second train. The impact was massive in numerous ways completely changing the dynamic of the world and what we know. “The Time of Two Engines” kicks things off with an episode full of action, tension, and a dance to show who’s in control.

Snowpiercer 998, cars strong vs. Big Alice, 40 cars long. The immediate impact by the introduction of this “super train” is seen right away. Snowpiercer’s power is generated by its movement. With it dead on the track, that’s no longer an option leading to the immediate threat of lack of power and the train and its people freezing. Its systems have been shut down as well, hijacked by the larger train. Big Alice shows its strength with an ability to give and take the live of Snowpiercer and the people within. And Big Alice has demands.

The train, which should be prepared like Snowpiercer, opens with a list of demands. Why do they need this items?

So many questions are raised within the first few moments of the newest season of Snowpiercer, not just by the demands of Mr. Wilford and his train but also some of its inhabitants. “The Time of Two Engines” is all about setting things up for the new season and showing who holds what cards and where the power lies.

The new train creates a massive dynamic change as well.

The tail is no longer the tail. It’s now the border between the two trains and groups. The tail is now one of the most important pieces of real estate in all of the trains. It’s a zone of defense. It’s a zone to prepare offense. The tailies are now the first line of defense against whatever Big Alice has waiting for them.

The episode is a fascinating one as the two worlds combat each other dealing with their new reality. Mr. Wilford wants his train back exclaiming Melanie stole it. Melanie exclaims there’s a new dynamic for the train and the people within and Wilford’s vision no longer works. The scenes between these two are full of information fleshing out the character of Mr. Wilford giving us a solid idea as to what type of person he is.

The episode is a dance between forces and personalities. Melanie representing Snowpiercer. Mr. Wilford representing Alice. Caught in between are the inhabitants of each train. The most intriguing factor is Melanie’s daughter, alive, she works for Mr. Wilford as his Engineer.

“The Time of Two Engines” is a hell of a start to the season. It takes the series in a whole new direction with a new, logical threat, while not missing its underlying themes established in the first season. It’s the strongest episode of the series so far and points to a fantastic season.

Overall Rating: 9.0

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