Snowpiercer: Season 1 (2020)

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Season 1
Snowpiercer

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Snowpiercer takes a different route with its source material, crafting an ambitious sci-fi mystery with style to spare, but with little of the subversive bite of Bong Joon-ho's theatrical adaptation.

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Critic Ratings: 82

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Air date: May 17, 2020

A rigid class system maintains order, with First Class holding power over workers, while a condemned Prison Class struggles to survive in the Tail.

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Air date: May 24, 2020

Layton uses his new position as train detective to investigate the murder while gathering intel for the revolution on the side. Meanwhile, Melanie faces a resource crisis, with potentially drastic consequences for the entire train.

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Air date: May 31, 2020

Layton and Till descend into Snowpiercer's black market, looking for the killer and a commodity for Layton's evolution.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2020

A twist in the murder investigation brings Layton face to face with the murderer, and dangerously close to Melanie's secret.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2020

Tensions between Third Class and First Class are boiling as Melanie stages the trial of the Snowpiercer killer.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2020

Hiding out with help from his allies, Layton lays track for revolution. Meanwhile, an engineering emergency threatens every soul on Snowpiercer and Melanie is the only one who can save them.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2020

On a divided Snowpiercer, Melanie intensifies her search for Layton. Meanwhile, Layton is weaponizing her secret, and Third Class faces a reckoning when he presents them with a choice.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2020

Revolution has finally come, and Layton leads the lower classes forward in armed rebellion. Melanie's house of cards collapses and she's in danger of becoming the first casualty in the battle for control of Snowpiercer.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2020

The rebel forces are on the ropes when a dangerous foe defects to their side. They hatch a final plan to take control of Snowpiercer once and for all, but it comes at a grave moral cost, and just may destroy them all.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2020

In the revolution's aftermath, Layton struggles to govern the shell-shocked survivors. Melanie finally makes peace with her demons, only to realize the biggest threat to their survival is right over her shoulder.

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  • Jun 20, 2021
    It's overall a decent show and pretty entertaining. But the main problem I have with it is the main character, whether it's the script or the actor portraying it, he can be honestly hard to watch sometimes. I find myself cringing at some of his dialogue.
  • Jun 15, 2021
    Snowpiercer is an excellent post apocalypse series, increasingly entertaining and gripping. I loved the original movie from the original graphic novel, and this is a nice continuation of the same theme. If any series can claim direct inspiration from the climate crisis today, it is Snowpiercer. I definitely feel this is the best performance of Jennifer Connely in her entire career. She carries the show on her shoulders, the burden of making terribly hard decisions to keep humanity alive in a frozen world. She plays the role of anti hero very well, at times showing tremendous humanity and compassion, at other times a callous disregard for human rights - but always driven to the mission of the train. The supporting cast is excellent, and the addition of Sean Bean in season 2 added an incredible gravitas to the series. It's been a while since I've seen such a vicious, erudite and sophisticated megalomaniac villain. He perfectly justified Melanie's initial choices to save humanity. Other delightful characters include Ruth, the perfect example of how not even the end of the world demands abandonment of decorum and civility. Most of the characters undergo a transformation during this endless revolution of track, as their circumstances change. As we see the tug of war, and literal civil war, inside the train oscillating between autocracy and democracy, it is a perfect mirror of the political times we live in today. Kudos to the showrunners for integrating this reality. The image of a populist who divides to conquer, who demonizes the weak and who promises nebulous security, all the while demanding to be worshipped, seems quite familiar and recent indeed. The special effects of a long silver snake charging through a frozen world with the glistening corpses of human civilization is a sight to behold. Some of the action sequences are breathtaking, especially in the Himalayas. The showrunners definitely didn't skimp on the budget. As with any end of humanity series, what always saddens me the most is the wanton disregard for the preservation of human life, even as the species struggles on the edge of the extinction abyss. All these types of shows seem to be stating that humanity does not indeed deserve to survive. Nevertheless I am very happy season 3 is coming up and really can't wait to see how this gripping story continues to unwind on the endless track.
  • May 22, 2021
    Not new, but not bad expended director Bong's perspective and many characters impressive If you have a enough time, recommand guys
  • Apr 09, 2021
    The show has some interesting ideas and I can definitely see what is trying to be done or said, but the execution is often awkward. Feels like a remake of Bong's interpretation of Snowpiercer, but with all the emphasis on the wrong things. However, this doesn't mean the show is 'bad'. It's still pretty good compared to other shows with similar themes and ideas. It may lack subtlety, but Snowpiercer was never about subtlety anyways. Fun to watch alone/together, but don't expect a masterpiece.
  • Apr 09, 2021
    Excellent show, shows us once more again why communism does not work. It's so funny how Wilford mocks Layten as king Layten and he is not wrong.
  • Apr 07, 2021
    Good start and some interesting ideas, but the season is plagued by unrealistic plot twists and poor writing that show off the show's shallowness despite good concepts. The 'main' character Layton is terribly annoying to watch, is extremely shallow, and can only spout out simplistic concepts and buzzwords like 'revolution, democracy, go tailies'. His tribal allegiance to what he sees as the oppressed against what seems like logical common good and edgy comments make him very irritable, I believe the writers wanted to make him as a humane revolutionary but they created an annoying child. On the other hand one could say that this season is an ode to utilitarianism by making everyone but the real main character (Melanie Cavill) uninteresting and downright stupid by going with their primal impulses instead of thinking of the consequences of their actions. Cavill's character is the most interesting and complex and the show does a good job revealing it to us. Unfortunately none of the other characters are interesting and we take little interest in whether they live or die. Passes the time, but the good is drowned out by the bad.
  • Apr 06, 2021
    Not very good, a lot of imagination and surreal situations.
  • Apr 01, 2021
    Wow.. It's everything you would want in a thriller series, without the unnecessary awful dialogue that lingers in other shows. It makes you feel like the whole episode is packed with story, climax, cliffhanger, that are different in each episode. This is especially highlighted in S02!
  • Mar 31, 2021
    Weak start but gets really good as the story progresses.
  • Mar 31, 2021
    So the main character always have so many ways to get the train back, so werid.

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