Tuesday, June 9, 2020

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 1, Episode 4 “Without Their Maker” (B)

It’s interesting to see this episode airing at this particular moment in history when it was filmed a while ago. Watching the security forces violently subdue Erik wasn’t pleasant after all the police brutality that’s been happening in this country and seen on the news, even if he was certainly guilty of many crimes that were as horrific in nature as the way that he was taken out. L.J. being revealed as Erik’s partner-in-crime was less expected, and it turned out that the privileged white girl in first class was complicit in all this, not just the hired help. I will note that this episode also featured two developments that I hadn’t anticipated coming at this point which make the idea of continue to watch slightly more appealing. The murder plotline is now over, which is great, since I thought that would run through the entire first season, dragged out when time could better be spent focusing on the class inequality that exists on the train. It wasn’t a shock that Andre figured out that Melanie was Wilford, but I didn’t know that she’d be onto him right away and that she would decide to have him put in a drawer so that he couldn’t communicate that information to anyone else. It’s now not clear what’s going to happen next and who’s even going to be featured with Andre out of commission, and that makes this narrative more enticing than before. Melanie also knows exactly how to play the people around her, daring Lilah to take the phone knowing full well that she wouldn’t do it.

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