Saturday, February 26, 2022

What I’m Watching: Snowpiercer

Snowpiercer: Season 3, Episode 5 “A New Life” (B)

This episode was more interesting and focused than the one that came before it, showing us some action on the way to New Eden as the new miracle baby was born. Opening with Zara narrating as Layton survived an explosion indicated that it wasn’t going to be a breeze, and that even though children were celebrating it with their own submissions of potential names, others were actively unhappy and trying to topple the stability of the train at that precise moment of transition. It does look like Pike is the one behind it, which suggests that he just wants to make trouble no matter who’s in charge, and that he favors a lawless system with no one telling him or anyone else what has to happen. Ruth is the best indicator of a new way of doing things, still excited about the positive traditions but less adherent to the rules that penalize those who might have done something wrong. It’s also interesting to see how Wilford is being treated as he recovers slowly, with Alex sitting there and reading to him to ensure that he’ll continue to be useful rather than to actually care about his condition. Audrey, on the other hand, was devastated about how he might be doing, and Till helped her get back to a moderately stable place as she serenaded the train in far more casual and human fashion than she used to back when Melanie was in charge. Sykes also did a good job of relating to Javi and showing him what recovery from their traumatic attacks can look like after some time. It was a nerve-wracking birth with two competing doctors and dropping temperatures, but all seems to be good for the time being, provided no one tries to grab or hurt that baby as a way of getting Layton to do their bidding.

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