In Review: Snowpiercer (S3 – EP3) The First Blow

It's a battle of two trains as Layton and Wilfred engage in a game of cat and mouse (Spoilers Ahead)

Synopsis: In The First Blow. It’s a game of cat and mouse as both Layton and Wilford vie for the upper hand.


The Story

It’s a battle of two trains as Layton and Wilfred engage in a game of cat and mouse on some old rail tracks. As the trains run alongside each other on the tracks Wilfred becomes more and more maniacal as he senses a potential victory. But looking to try and secure his victory. Wilfred orders his team to turn off all of the train’s electronics to make it hard for Layton and his team to track them. Luckily, Pike with some help from Ruth is able to give Layton a signal as to Wilfred’s whereabouts.

Meanwhile, in the hospitality car, a rather sadistic Kevin is making a cruel example of some of Layton’s resistance members.


The Acting

Sean Bean is in full-on villain mode for this episode. The scene where He and Layton (Daveed Diggs) face off against each other as the two trains are facing each other on the track is epic. We also get a solid performance from Steven Ogg as Pike who is in charge of the resistance while Ruth is in the jail cell. I loved the scene where Pike pretends he is Ruth’s Lawyer in order to get access to her. Obviously, the guard is reluctant to believe him but soon backs down when Pike uses his credentials as a tailie.



A great episode. The drama of the two trains trying to find each other on the old rail tracks put me in mind of old war movies where you have a battleship trying to outmaneuver a submarine. And the scenes where Layton and Wilfred are trying to figure out where each other are felt very much like Captain Kirk and the Romulan Commander in Star Trek’s ‘Balance of Terror’.

In the final moments where Layton retakes the train and brings a sense of democracy back to the train. It becomes all too obvious that the threat from Wilfred is not entirely over. Especially when you consider that Layton has had to ask newcomer Asha to lie for him. Add to this the fact that we are not entirely too sure what side of the fence Asha is likely to be on. She isn’t exactly the most stable of people.

I’m really looking forward to seeing where all of this goes in next week’s installment.

Snowpiercer (S3 - EP3) The First Blow
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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:
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