In Review: Snowpiercer (S2 – Ep8) – The Eternal Engineer

An engineering catastrophe on Snowpiercer forces Layton to make a difficult choice
The Eternal Engineer

Synopsis: In ‘The Eternal Engineer’. An engineering catastrophe on Snowpiercer forces Layton to make a difficult choice, one that might cost him everything.


The Story

The power games onboard snowpiercer escalate to a whole new level in this week’s episode. Layton is still looking out for the tailies, but his position as the leader of the provisional government is undermined. Further complicating issues is the fact that Wilfred’s support seems to be gaining ground.

When the train starts taking on water due to a malfunction. Layton finds he has to ask Breachman Boscovic for his help. Which is a big ask given that Boscovic thinks it was the tailies that killed his men and not the preacher. Boscovic manages to remove some piping from the train’s engine and learns that someone is trying to sabotage the train.

Unfortunately, the sabotage does not end there. It turns out that the God Box, which is the train’s main processer is damaged and the only spare is owned by none other than Wilfred.


The Acting

Aleks Paunovic gets more to do this week as Boscovic, who is one of the least used characters in the series. The scene where he informs Layton about the Sabotage is a nice moment as was the scene proceeding it. This gave Broscovic a bit more development and I hope we see some of the fruits of that in future episodes.

The episode begins with a fantastic monologue about social Engineering as Sam Roche the train’s head of security and a supporter of what Layton is trying to do outlines the power vacuum. Mike O’Malley who plays Roche does a brilliant job of delivering the opening monologue. His delivery does a great job of conveying the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the train.

And finally, Daveed Diggs and Sean Bean further explore the conflict between Layton and Wilfred. Indeed, the scenes in the engineering car where Wilfred is openly taunting Layton are filled with tension. Sean Bean’s northern accent adds a nice dash of venom to Wilfred’s dialogue. Especially where he is poking fun at Layton’s lack of engineering knowledge.



With just two episodes left. ‘The Eternal Engineer’ ups the game as Snowpiercer finds itself under new management. But for how long will it last and how will Layton and his people manage to take back control if they ever do. It very much seems like Mr. Wilfred has thought of everything.

Overall. A brilliant episode, which is definitely setting things up for the season finale.

Snowpiercer (S2 - Ep8) - The Eternal Engineer
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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