Tuesday, June 30, 2020

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Universe Is Indifferent” (B-)

There’s a degree to which characters seem safe on shows because of the prominence of their roles. That’s part of the reason that Andre couldn’t stay in the drawer for more than an episode since he has a major part to play. I mistakenly thought the same would be true for Josie, who managed to communicate directly with Miles with Bennett watching from the next room and then was next on Melanie’s list for some very pointed interrogation. I thought that Zarah was being returned to the tail as punishment, but instead she publicly pointed Josie out so that she could be escorted away in a showy and frightening manner. Melanie wasted no time in freezing and hammering off one of Josie’s fingers, and Josie’s decision to fought back almost worked until Melanie won and left her for dead. That’s going to be seen as a tremendous escalation by Andre and everyone in the tail, and cements her as a villain that everyone wants to take down. Her response to Ruth coming straight to her after finding out a mutiny plan was absolutely wrong, and there’s no way that she’s going to remain unchallenged since she can’t even acknowledge her most loyal people. Josie did manage to help enlist Bess for their cause, and she’s going to be torn between her duty “to the train” and her sense of what’s right, not to mention Jinju being entirely complicit with everything that Melanie knows and is hiding from everyone. Andre deciding to team up with LJ is a sign that everything is falling apart, and a violent revolution is coming swiftly.

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