TV Review: Snowpiercer S2 (2021) Episode 8: The Eternal Engineer.

Certificate: 15

Director: Rebecca Rodriguez

Screenwriter: Josh Friedman, Graeme Manson

Starring: Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs, Sean Bean

Genre: Sci Fi, Drama

Runtime: 45 Minutes

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Layton continues to face a lot of opposition from Wilford supporters onboard Snowpiercer.  When a series of catastrophic engine failures occur simultaneously, Layton is of course suspicious, but concedes that Wilford is the only person that can get Snowpiercer up and running, and reluctantly agrees to allow him into the engine.  But after it becomes known he saved the train, the passengers aren’t eager to let him return to Big Alice.

This episode was leading up to one thing the whole time, and you could see it coming a mile away, it’s been coming this entire season, and now it appears it has happened.  And while it was the natural progression of this episodes storyline, I had hoped they maybe would ‘t be quite so obvious.  As the audience we are fully with Layton, watching in horror at what is happening and knowing how it is going to end and powerless to stop it.  With only two episodes left in this season, it is interesting what other big plot points are to come.

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A lot of the episode though is a lot of technical babble that I don’t really understand, and more disturbing and unsettling scenes with Miss Audrey.  I have a sneaking suspicion that may not be all it seems, but we will have to wait and see on that front.  Same with the new revelation about Josie that happened in this episode.  It will obviously have repercussions going forward, but we are yet to see the full story behind what is going on with her.  It seems to be story that isn’t getting the attention it deserves considering the long term effects it could have on the story and the world we have established but maybe it is set up for later episodes?

And finally the ending of this episode.  It seemed a little to quick and disjointed.  Maybe that was the point, but I had to watch it back a couple times to make sure that I hadn’t missed anything.  The events at the end of the episode seem to come out of nowhere, and while they do set up for some interesting stories in the final episodes, there had to have been a neater way to transition into them then the random cut away that we got? 

With only two episodes to go there still seems to be a lit to be resolved.  Hopefully they can pull it off.

‘Snowpiercer’ is streaming now on Netflix

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