In Review: Snowpiercer (S1 – E3) – Access is Power

Layton descends into Snowpiercer's black market with Till

Synopsis: Layton descends into Snowpiercer’s black market with Till, searching for both the killer and a valuable commodity for his revolution; Melanie stages a prize fight to distract the passengers from mounting class tension.

The Story

Picking the story up from last week. Layton gets a bit of a ticking off for trying to slip information to the tail section but now seems to have the measure of Melanie who continues to run the train. During his talk with Melanie. Layton pushes to speak to Nikki who was the only witness to the first murder, but Melanie denies him access. While spending time with Jinju. Till finds out that Nikki is conscious and goes around Melanie to get Layton access. When they meet Nikki they find that she is totally wasted on a drug called Kronole, which has been a recreational drug for some time in the tail section.

Meanwhile, with the train a day behind schedule due to the accident in last week’s episode. Melanie organizes a fight night in order to distract the passengers from any changes she needs to make. This fight night presents Layton with an opportunity to question the Janitor, who also happens to be the train’s main supplier of Kronole as well as the go-to guy for just about anything on the trains black market. Layton’s meeting with Terrance the janitor proves lucrative in more ways than one.


The Acting

Jennifer Connelly continues to be very calculating in the role of Melanie and gets quite a lot to do this week. Her scene with Layton at the start of the episode sets things up fantastically and the exchange between Connelly and Daveed Diggs is brilliant in terms of where we will likely see their relationship go in the week’s to come. In a nutshell, Layton isn’t impressed.

Mickey Sumner also has some interesting scenes as Till who seems to have developed a respect for Layton but also seems to be quite happy to work around the system to help with the investigation. It will be interesting to see how her character develops in future episodes.



This episode does a good job of building on the world that we were introduced to. I really love the fact that we are slowly being fed plots and subplots from the various different areas of the train and finding out that this world is not a simple one in which to exist. I loved the scene where Layton meets Terrance the Janitor and Terrance’s speech about the train being just like the high rise where he used to work. Only the high rise is on its side.

Overall. A solid third episode that adds more complexity and nuance to the ongoing story.

Snowpiercer (S1 - E3) - Access is Power
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