OK, Here we go, the finale. Things have been getting pretty tense onboard in recent episodes, so I am expecting quite a lot from this one.
Director: James Hawes
Screenwriter: Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson
Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Mickey Sumner
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
Runtime: 50 Mins
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
—This review deals with both episodes 9 and 10. I will do my best to avoid/label any spoilers, but I would recommend coming back once you have seen both episodes.—
The rebels seem defeated, the battle to take the train failed. Layton is offered a deal in order to save the lives of his fellow rebels, surrender and they will live. But with a powerful new ally, a new plan is formed that could win them the train. Just when things look to be going in the right direction, the peace is once again threatened when a potentially earthshattering discovery is made in Chicago and the train confronts a brand new enemy.
We have made it to the finale. And like I have been saying for several weeks now, this had to be something special to save this whole season from falling flat on it’s face. So did it achieve that? Well yes and no. The ending of the rebellion was done well, even if I was getting a little tired of all the politics and backstabbing in first class by then. And I like what they have done to Melanie’s character. She has been humanised quite a bit by her experiences and it makes her a lot easier to relate to and empathise with. A quality her character was lacking.
Ruth however has gone the other way. Near fanatical, she is becoming unbearable to watch, stirring up trouble everywhere she goes and idolising Wilford like a deity. I really dislike how they have developed her character, but then again, maybe thats the point.
I did however really enjoy the final episode of the season. It wrapped up just about everything from the entire first season, and left Layton with enough real world problems to show that just because the battle is over doesn’t mean the war is won. He has control of the train, but doesn’t really know what to do with it, and has so many problems to deal with and no real infrastructure to do anything. I liked that they didn’t show everything as hunkydory as soon as they took the train.
And the final plot twists, the ones that are obviously setting up for season 2, I am not going to lie, I did not see them coming. I thought the entire struggle next season was going to be about getting the train up and running and not having enough supplies. I had no idea they were going to pull something like this.
Overall I had highly satisfied with the way that the show has ended, I was worried at the beginning, but I am glad they managed to pull it all together at the end. I hope next season they approach the pacing a little better.
If you want to watch this for yourself, the final two episodes are now streaming on Netflix.