TV Review: Snowpiercer S2 (2021) Episode 4: A Single Trade

This season so far seems a little slow on plot.  Instead we seem to be a lot more character focussed.  Hoping it picks up soon. TW for discussion/depiction of suicide.

Certificate: 15

Director: David Frazee

Screenwriter: Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean

Genre: Sci Fi, Drama

Runtime: 45 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

In an attempt to get a better read on Wilford, under the guise of celebrating the launch of the first Weather balloon, Layton and the crew of Snowpiercer invite Wilford for a night out onboard in the night car.  We learn a little of the history between Miss Audrey and Wilford and Zarah gets promoted to Hospitality.

This episode has little to no plot to speak of, it is more of a look into the backstory between Wilford and Audrey, and serves as another reminder of just how unsettling, creepy and megalomaniacal Wilford really is.  And as much as I love Sean Bean’s portrayal of the character, and as much as this episode made me feel uncomfortable in all the ways it was intending too, I can’t help but feel let down that nothing really HAPPENED.  Same as last episode, this felt like another episode of set up.  But when are we going to stop setting things up and actually get to the things?

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I was expecting to see some of Melanie’s progress at some point during the episode, even if it was just a quick glimpse at the end.  But it never happened, even the launching of the weather balloons, the entire point of the party they were holding in the first place, was dealt with pretty quickly and with little fanfare.  And by the look of upcoming episode summaries, I don’t think we are likely to see any of that for at least 2 more episodes.  I am really hoping the nitty-gritty of the plot starts to pick up soon.

The absolute shining gem of this weeks episode though was the superb acting by Lena Hall who plays Miss Audrey.  My goodness what an amazing performance.  The scenes between her and Sean Bean were equal parts horrifying and riveting.  I couldn’t look away. No matter how uncomfortable they made me.  A stunning performance in an otherwise very lack lustre episode.

‘Snowpiercer’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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