Wednesday, February 3, 2021

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 2, Episode 2 “Smolder to Life” (B)

I had been wondering whether Melanie was going to be held as a hostage on the other train for a long time, and it seems like, while that’s not the case, tensions have definitely not been resolved. It’s incredible to see the loyalty that so many passengers – and Ruth – still have to Wilford since they think that he cares about them and Melanie just selfishly left him behind. It was obvious that Kevin getting into the bath was not going to work out well for him, and being forced to slit his own wrists because he had revealed that the crew of his train are hungry felt like a pretty severe punishment. He has nothing but adoration for Alex, though she didn’t manage to kill Andre as she was supposed to and instead just crushed her weapon in her own hand before defiantly wiping blood on the door as she walked away from Melanie. Volunteering herself for a one-month solo job to try to harvest the hope that came from discovering snow outside was a logical choice, and the train should be able to operate in her absence, provided that Wilford doesn’t try to implement any more murderous plans. Bess earned her title of train detective very quickly, though what she found out wasn’t optimistic news for train-train relations. This show can be very unnecessarily violent when it wants to be, exemplified here with the W slicing and in the return appearance of LJ, whose vicious crimes are now apparently simply fodder for jokes.

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