TV Review: Snowpiercer S2 (2021) Episode 2 – Smoulder to Life

There was an impressive air of menace throughout this episode and I am glad to see Layton and Melanie working together again.

Certificate: 15

Director: Christoph Schrewe

Screenwriter: Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean

Genre: Sci Fi, Drama

Runtime: 60 Minutes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Occupants of both trains are eager to find out as much as they can about the other.  To this end they agree to a prisoner swap, Wilford’s head of Hospitality for Melanie.  Once Mel is back on Snowpiercer she shares her discovery about the snow outside, and how she believes the earth is heating up again.  She and Layton come up with a plan to use this information to force Wilford to work with them in finding a way to start recolonisation of the planet.  Meanwhile Zara makes a discovery that could put her future with Layton at risk and Bess Till gets a promotion.

Sean Bean really is out doing himself here.  His performance as the villainous and quite frankly terrifying Mr Wilford is outstanding.  There isn’t a single moment where he is on screen that my entire attention isn’t on him.  He is truly a fantastic villain.  It’s great to see Mel and Layton back together, I love the dynamic between their characters, and missed it sorely in last weeks episode. 

We are starting to see hints at an over arching storyline for this season, starting with the assault of a young tailie woman and the maiming of her hand.  The implication being that there are already spies onboard Snowpiercer working for Mr Wilford.  I am glad to have a constant narrative throughout the show, but I am just hoping that they don’t wrap up the mystery too fast like they did in the first season.  But I assume this storyline will run parallel to the quest for recolonisation, which I assume will be the main story for this season.

I don’t know how I feel about Zara’s story, I think adding one more thread of plot to the narrative may end up overcrowding this season.  If it ends up connecting to one of the other storie later on then I guess it could be worth it, but it feels like they are adding her story just to give Zara’s character something to do and to give Layton some personal struggle, because you, he doesn’t have enough to worry about.

A great second episode that does a great job at setting uo future stories, can’t wait to see where this goes next.

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