In Review: Snowpiercer (S2 – Eps 9 & 10) The Show Must Go On & Into The White

Synopsis: In ‘The Show must Go On’ and ‘Into The White’. The people of snowpiercer have some difficult choices to make as Mr. Wilfred takes control and attempts to...
Into The White

Synopsis: In ‘The Show must Go On’ and ‘Into The White’. The people of snowpiercer have some difficult choices to make as Mr. Wilfred takes control and attempts to divide and conquer the key players in Layton’s resistance.

 

The Story

As Mr. Wilfred imposes his control of the train. Layton’s friends are anxious about what their roles will be under the new regime. In his attempt to bring order back to the train Mr. Wilfred orders a census so he can divide up the people by how useful they can be to him. Further to this. He also throws an elaborate party and invites all of Layton’s people.

Ruth is asked to make a difficult choice and the outcome results in her being dumped in sanitation with Layton. It seems that Layton has been communicating with engineer Javier via covert means. His plan is to retake the train and pick up Melanie Cavil and her research. Time is fast running out.

 

The Acting

Sean Bean pus on a massive show as the insane Mr. Wilfred who pretty much dominates the two episodes as he oppresses the people of Snowpiercer via the means of fear. The scene at the dinner table where Wilfred is playing people off against each other is a definite highlight. No one is safe. Not even L.J. Folger (Annalise Basso) is just as insane as Wilfred is.

Things get really testy when Wilfred asks for a vote about whether or not they should pick up Melanie or not. I loved the tension between Alexandra (Rowan Blanchard) and L.J. Folger.

Daveed Diggs and Alison Wright have some great scenes together as Layton and Ruth take action to retake the train. We also get a good performance from Katie McGuinness as Josie who turns out to be a huge asset to Layton. Josie has been undergoing grafting treatment from the Headwoods and can now work in extremely cold conditions.

 

Overall

‘The Show Must Go On’ and ‘Into The White’ makes for a superb finale and also somewhat bittersweet in that we lose a key character at the end, but the character’s sacrifice is not in vain. We get a bunch of great acting performances as the show continues to explore both the light and dark sides of human nature. In Mr. Wilfred, we have one of television’s best villains. And thankfully he lives to see another season. As doe Layton and a few other key characters.

The question is. How much will things escalate in the third season. Wilfred has been bested by Layton but in order to beat Wilfred. Layton had to leave a majority of Snowpiercer and her crew behind. How will Wilfred exact his sense of justice on the people that Layton had to leave behind? What will Layton need to do to win trust back when he and his ragtag team manage to reconnect with Snowpiercer?

As Snowpiercer plows ever deeper into the white. We get some massive questions to ponder until the series returns for its third season in 2022.

 

You can check out past posts concerning Snowpiercer here

9.8
Snowpiercer (S2 - Eps 9 & 10) The Show Must Go On & Into The White
  • Story
    9.8
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI & Action
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net 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: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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