Monday, July 13, 2020

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer (Season Finale)

Snowpiercer: Season 1, Episode 10 “994 Cars Long” (B-)

It was hard to find this final episode compelling because I just don’t buy the major plot twist. If Wilford was indeed alive, which no one thought he was given that he should have perished along with everyone else who didn’t get on the train, why would everyone be so sure that he was on the rival train that just happened to show up after seven years of nothing and right after they jettisoned seven cars felt all too convenient. Now, it’s possible that this train really is so much more high-tech, thanks in part to its jaw-swallowing technique, and that they were monitoring so closely that they waited until precisely this moment to show up and take charge. I have trouble believing that, and it’s also not clear that Wilford holds everyone on the train responsible for Melanie’s actions. Also, her daughter as the emissary makes it seem like they come in peace, though that certainly won’t be the case when Melanie cuts the cord from so many cars away, not knowing that her daughter is alive and apparently well. This does set up a very different second season, which at least could be newly intriguing, but most of it just defies logic, particularly because the train likely will be stopped almost as long as it possibly can before miraculously resuming speed at the last possible second. I’d like to see less of train politics in season two and more about this new world and how it could function, especially if there are other people out there and not just those aboard this train. It’s hard to know when we’ll see a second season at this point, but it’s already been commissioned, and I suppose I’ll watch mainly to see if it tackles the more interesting parts of this world.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Alison Wright as Ruth

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