Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 1, Episode 8 “These Are His Revolutions” (B-)

Well, things escalated quite quickly and now there’s absolutely no going back. I can understand that there’s a lot of pent-up rage from the tail and that they’d be eager to exact that on their oppressors. That said, this show still contains an unnecessary amount of brutal gore, and these characters really have retreated to barbaric ways since society all boarded one train, both those rebelling against tyranny and those enforcing it. I can’t imagine that those planning and writing this show would have imagined how much more disturbing these images would be when they aired, and that scenes like the brakemen stepping aside would be even more loaded as a result of current events. Everyone has chosen a side, and Bess made her decision emphatically and irreversibly, with Andre fully endorsing her position to the tail so that they wouldn’t charge at her. The rest of the train still feels like a different place, though the chaos there is just as vicious. The secret about Wilford’s non-existence is now out for everyone to know, and the person who seems most betrayed is his loyal devotee Ruth. Executing Melanie because she broke the rules of the train doesn’t actually make sense if Melanie made those rules since Wilford was never aboard, and there’s no clear path to leadership for anyone else other than her. Reviving Pike to get into Andre’s head feels like a random and illogical step, mainly because Melanie would likely have kept a tight lid on who was in the drawers and how to bring them back to functionality without the doctor. It’s hard to know how things will resolve in the two-hour season finale, especially since this show is already slated to return for another season.

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