Snowpiercer: Season 1 Reviews

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June 17, 2020
The most enthralling part of this show so far is absolutely the world building. The more we learn about the train, its factions, its underbelly, the more immersive it becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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June 17, 2020
What works here is the way "Snowpiercer" the series expands on the science-fiction fueled dystopia of the film
May 26, 2020
Exposition barrels along faster than the train itself ("Just making a quick stop at Gun on the Mantelpiece Station!"). In short, it's perfect. Sit back, relax and take in the trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2020
The desperate cry of "Guys! I'm the last Australian!" is probably not meant to be funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2020
I think it's a fabulous premise, realised here with less anger than in the film, but equal wit and imagination and the same clarity of setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2020
But although Snowpiercer couldn't be more timely, somehow TBS's new show... doesn't even get out of the station before it goes off the rails.
May 18, 2020
It's disappointing to see a premise that inspired an exciting film encumbered by so much unnecessary freight, and the best efforts of its cast decelerated by weak noir and freezer-burnt gloom.
May 18, 2020
It's slightly campy, definitely too on the nose, but still satisfying?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2020
The show suffers from soapy silliness, stilted situations, and a lack of narrative momentum, preventing this train from ever getting out of the station.
May 15, 2020
Snowpiercer is not an entirely bad show. It's not great, either. Really what it does is start out meh, then become more compelling from the midway point onward, which averages out to a final assessment of halfway decent.
May 15, 2020
There are timely, refreshingly straightforward declarations... it's not exactly right to say that the series offers a critique of capitalism, but it doesn't not offer one, either.
May 15, 2020
The movie used the train as a surreal, horrific allegory; the TV show wants it to feel real, and it never does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 15, 2020
It just keeps pushing forward, completely unwilling to give you people to care about in this vision of the future, hoping that you'll just go along for the ride.
May 14, 2020
The action is routine, the drama tends toward the banal and sentimental, and the social symbolism of class division and technocracy, while cleverly worked out, isn't compelling or coherent enough to tie it all together.
May 13, 2020
Daveed Diggs gives a powerful performance as Layton, who organizes the inevitable rebellion against the ruling class even as he's charged with investigating the murder, which turns out to be murders plural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 13, 2020
On top of the investigation, the love triangle and the nascent uprising, this Snowpiercer crams in leadership crises, corruption and mechanical woes, plus ample drama among secondary characters.
May 13, 2020
Its style might not match its ambition, but after an arduous trek, Snowpiercer mostly proves to be worth the wait.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 13, 2020
The show, whose creator is Graeme Manson of "Orphan Black," had a notoriously tough time getting made and placed on a network. And you can see why there might have been problems, because they're not at all solved.
May 12, 2020
Thanks to solid production values, maybe a half-dozen amusingly pitched performances and several moments of giddy lunacy, Snowpiercer settles into a watchable rhythm.
May 11, 2020
"Snowpiercer" feel too florid to pull off the icy neo-noir thing it's often trying for; beneath its coating of snow and ice lies a thick patch of corn.
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