I never realized I needed to watch a post-apocalyptic science fiction dystopian drama until … well … now.
Snowpiercer is based on the Bong Joon-Ho sci-fi movie from a few years ago, which in turn was inspired by a French graphic novel. And from the show’s opening moments (which explains why everybody’s on a freezing cross-country train) to the show’s closing moments (which reveal – spoiler alet – who runs the train), this show is a non-stop exciting ride.
And it helps that there’s plenty of top-notch talent on this program. Jennifer Connolly is well-cast as the stoic, cold voice of the train, while Daveed Diggs is strong as one of the “tailies” who tries to investigate an on-train murder. And with the show’s backstory and history revealed in little bits and bites here and there – tailies being sterilized so they cannot breed; prisoners kept in suspended isolation in “drawers” – the show has plenty of stories to tell, and it looks like they’re setting up full seasons to do so.
The best science fiction shows are allegories for modern life. Examples – the original Battlestar Galatica was essentially the story of Moses and the Israelites trying to escape from Egypt; while the updated Battlestar Galactica had overviews of 9/11. So with Snowpiercer, we’re seeing class struggles, racism, eugenics, refugees, racism, climate change, the control of information, the misuse of science, all of that.
And I’m watching this show in the middle of a freakin’ pandemic, to top it all off.
Snowpiercer airs on TNT on Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m.
Don’t miss it. I mean it.