This One Truly Has It All, Comrades
Climate change, class warfare, interracial relationships, gay sex — and that’s just the trailer! If there was ever a chance for the execs at an also-ran basic cable channel to tell those rustic plebs who their real enemies are, a Snowpiercer TV show is it.
This is the kind of TV show that excites entertainment journalists who use the turn of phrase “Spoiler Alert: It’s Not!” in their headlines. Then they will tell you that you must be excited about it too — unless you want to be a garbage person. Which is the worst.
Everyone On This Site Knows The Story
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.
The Snowpiercer movie from 2013, which I believe was director Joon Ho Bong first foray into English language films, is a bizarre fantasy piece that barely managed to fill out it two hours run time. There just isn’t enough material to sustain the momentum in the incredibly far-fetched story of the last of the human race surviving on a train that never stops.
It felt avant-garde in the story while being very rote in plot and characterization.
Apparently, there were heavy edits demanded by the Weinstein Company before it was released in the US that could have ripped out a lot of the backstory and supporting characters.
But even without the missing scenes, one thing is clear from reading its logline:
In a future where a failed climate-change experiment has killed all life except for the lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, a new class system emerges.
It’s the exploration of an idea not the enforcement of an ideology. See the difference?
Joon Ho Bong is one of the best directors working right now, all of his movies rank a 7.0 or above on IMDB with Parasite at an amazing 8.6! Memories Of Murder is easily one of the best movies of the last 20 years; it takes one’s mind to places one would rather not have it wander.
If there is a complete version of the Snowpiercer (2013) floating around please let me know in the comments and I will add it to my list.
Also, if anyone knows where to find the making-of documentary Snowpiercer: Transperceneige, From the Blank Page To The Black Screen, I would greatly appreciate that as well.
Here We Go Again
It’s a shame the work of such a brilliant and idiosyncratic mind will be recycled to push the same trite narratives on Betty Box-Wine and whomever she lays within that cat-piss-smelling apartment she can only afford by slaving away making PowerPoints all day.
I guess it was better than a family, right, Betty?
Remember, TBS is also the network that airs this:
Be Strong, Brothers
Jennifer Connelly is always a tempting tidbit but once again: don’t reward agenda or laziness. Don’t support pinkwashing, rainbow washing or red washing. Starve the beast.
Snowpiercer pulls into TBS in Spring 2020.