It’s Revolution And Mystery In A Preview Of Upcoming ‘Snowpiercer’ Episodes

by Erik Amaya

After a rough development, Snowpiercer is finally on TNT. And while the first episode is … something of a mixed bag, it may yet have enough ideas to keep us interested. In fact, this preview of scenes from upcoming episodes has a thinking the show’s unique take on class warfare — which it inherited from the comic book Le transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, and Bong Joon-ho’s 2013 film — may prove to be compelling television. Oh, but what could possibly be waiting for the haves and havenots outside the train’s windows?

From the jump though, the show is being held on the back of Daveed Diggs. As a cop-turned-rebel-leader-turned-cop again, he is a intriguing viewpoint character with an inviting mystery to solve. Making his situation stranger, though, is his plan to use his sudden access to the whole train to gather intel for the revolution he plans to unleash. It’s a different type of character for American television; although there are some similarities to the initial main character of the BBC’s Blake’s 7. Diggs is immensely watchable, though, and definitely came to life once he was forced out of the tail.
Which leads to the major problem with the show thus far. Between this and Falling Skies, TNT has a hard time depicting squalor in the post-Apocalypse. Here, the tail feels like a generic gaggle of characters with little access to showers in a dimly lit set while the other trains are immediately more visually compelling — from the third class commissary to the first class dining car to the aquarium deck. The video above suggests characters in the tail will infiltrate other cars, which is good as the visual blandness of the rear could quickly present a problem.
We’ll be honest, though, this was not a strong start to the series. As has been reported, this episode was a second try after executive producer Josh Friedman and director Scott Derrickson left the project. In their place, new showrunner Graeme Manson and director James Hawes crafted something which is interesting when its playing at the detective story, but less so with the class struggle. It leaves us wondering if TNT, or some element higher up in the WarnerMedia or AT&T hierarchy, found themselves uncomfortable with the class discussion baked into Snowpiercer. If that is the case, we hope the series finds a way to incorporate it more successfully while holding onto Diggs and the mystery as its greatest strengths.
Snowpiercer airs Sundays on TNT.

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