REview: Snowpiercer (2020) | A Bit Too Dreary And Grounded To Be Enjoyable

I was thinking as I watched the first three episodes of Snowpiercer–based on the 2013 movie directed by Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Parasite), in turn based on the French graphic novel, Le Transperceneige–I wondered why would anyone make a continuing series based on it?

That’s not to say that TNT’s interpretation is bad–in the three episodes I could tell that it’s clearly well-acted and money is being spent on the production–but the allegory of the effects of capitalism and class is too starkly defined to work as a continuing series.

As a movie–particularly one directed by Bong Joon Ho–works in an over-the-top, deliberately theatrical fashion.

But as a weekly television series? I have no idea bow anything that wears it’s politics so openly on its sleeve can work for long because the world that Snowpiercer traverses is GRIM.

And while that might work in a one and done movie I have no idea if this world is one I’d want to spend any time in beyond this first season.

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