Tuesday, June 16, 2020

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 1, Episode 5 “Justice Never Boarded” (C+)

This episode really accelerated one storyline while completely slowing down the other, and neither development is particularly promising. There are all these systems in place on the train to ensure that this new society can function with some semblance of law and order, but that also creates plenty of problems, evidenced by LJ’s thinly-veiled threat to expose some of Wilford’s deepest secrets while she was being tried for murder. Melanie going to the trouble of putting together a legitimate tribunal only made things worse, since a first-class jury would have been expected to deliver a result that would allow LJ to go free. Bennett and Javier evidently weren’t pleased with Melanie’s decision even if they seemed similarly worried when they heard what LJ said for everyone on the train to hear. The revolt that’s sure to occur as a result is less significant than the serious security breach that could permit Josie and Terence to so easily snatch the keys to the drawers from Henry’s pocket, and the fact that the secret of their existence and location was so widely known makes it hard to believe that nothing transpired earlier. It’s been remarkably simple for Josie to sneak uptrain unnoticed, and she managed in very little time to go through all the drawers, recognizing nearly all of their inhabitants, and rescue Andre with the unexpected help of Bess, who will now have to contend with finding Oz and covering her tracks. He’s definitely not in good shape, and having lucid dreams about cannibalism won’t prepare him all too well for his fight to stay hidden and survive.

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