Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 5 Review: Keep Hope Alive

In a sublime little bit of juxtaposition, Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 5 is a large turning level each actually and when it comes to narrative improvement.

The prepare is bodily approaching Lhasa, Tibet’s Forbidden City (how symbolic is that?), the furthest level of its journey, and making ready to return to Melanie.

Meanwhile, the veiled and anticipated risk of Wilford and his follower is immediately very actual because the hooded assailants who mutilated Lights’ hand execute a coordinated and lethal assault on the breachmen of Snowpiercer.

And then, after all, there’s Audrey’s last-minute selection to remain within the stomach of the beast, because it have been. Similar to Icy Bob’s ideas on Josie, I hope she is aware of what she’s doing.

Josie units the tone together with her voiceover within the opening scenes. We witness the painful and grotesque procedures she should endure if she is ever to recuperate from her accidents. But what retains her going is hope for herself and the Tail.

It’s straightforward to combat once you’ve by no means been damage earlier than. Until it occurs, you are invincible. But with each combat, there is a threat. And typically, you are sidelined. The highway to restoration is lengthy, limitless when it isn’t clear for those who can recuperate. Some days, I lose sight of who I’m, however I am unable to neglect what my mission is…. I’ve to maintain the hope alive that I can nonetheless make a distinction. If not, then what was getting back from the expired for? I depend the times and pray to be entire once more, again with my individuals on Snowpiercer, one thousand and thirty-four vehicles lengthy.


Josie has all the time been a soldier as a lot as she was a healer. The Tail sees her as their patron and true chief, as evidenced by their send-off on Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 4.

But now, alone and intensely susceptible behind enemy strains, sending her messages blindly into the community she should belief will safely convey it to Layton, Josie’s mettle is examined prefer it’s by no means been earlier than.

So it is a surreal aid for Icy Bob to be the one to achieve out to her.

I like that the scarred and scary big is in a position and prepared to speak her via a panic assault and maintain her secrets and techniques.

Talk about turning the monster delusion on its head.

The trick is to externalize the ache. Don’t internalize it, or it’ll paralyze you.

Icy Bob

Specifically, his recommendation to Josie on management her ache and panic offers us perception into how he is managed to retain his sanity over the past seven years.

I typically surprise in regards to the many characters of Snowpiercer and what their lives have been like earlier than The Freeze. We solely ever get snippets right here and there and often solely when it is handy to the story.

For instance, what did Pike do within the Beforetimes? Was his title even Pike earlier than he picked up his weapon of selection?

Learning that Layton vouched for him after the loss of life cults have been handled in The Tail fills in a bit of their relationship dynamic.

Pike: There’s no scribe writing Pike’s story within the historical past of Snowpiercer.
Layton: Tailie’s tales reside longer, brother.

That phrase, “higher man,” is such a recurring theme between the 2 of them.

It’s not solely Pike that strives to do higher. It’s Layton too. And, for each of them, it is continuously getting tougher to be that higher man.

Terence: You come right here to kill me and also you need it to be honest?
Pike: It’s a Tail factor.

I’m actually stunned that they have been capable of take Terence down as simply as they did. Annie’s often all the time shut by, and she or he would not have been simply satisfied to “take a stroll.”

But it is also on Terence that he anticipated loyalty out of Osweiller. I imply, significantly?

For a prepare as crowded because it often appears, many individuals obtained singled out and killed in a single night time.

As clockwork as Layton’s plan was to get Pike alone with Terence, the coordination of the hooded Wilford cult members is much more spectacular.

You damage lots of people in your previous. People damage you. You do not wish to really feel ache however it’s unavoidable. Suffering is part of the human situation. You cannot get to pleasure, to aid, with out hurting. Sometimes your self. Sometimes others.

Pastor Logan

And it isn’t like they have been making an attempt to be refined about it. There was a number of blood splatter left within the wake of the breachmen’s deaths.

It’s solely as a result of Layton and Roche have been headed in to see Breachman Boscovic that our Boki wasn’t numbered among the many victims too.

What intrigued me is why Wilford would “use the breachmen” in any respect, by no means thoughts early (as described by the Drs. Headwood).

The breachmen are the one guild educated to restore the prepare from the surface.

While Snow-Alice remains to be a going concern, killing all of them off is like throwing out all of the firefighters at a pyrotechnics competitors. In a forest. Surrounded by gasoline barrels.

For positive, it’s going to throw Snowpiercer into chaos. The Tailies would be the main suspects, and Till’s going to her arms full making an attempt to resolve this whereas maintaining the peace.

But Wilford’s completed job at distancing himself, whilst he pulls the puppet strings.

We know that somebody on Snowpiercer is signaling when the timing is true. If Till can monitor that somebody down, she could have an opportunity of fixing this case.

What Wilford would not distance himself from is Miss Audrey.

Wilford: Fitting for an intimate night?
Alex: You look wonderful.
Wilford: Fine? A younger lady ought to have a agency aesthetic opinion, if not an outright stance, should not she?
Alex: Your sexism is exhibiting once more, Dubs.

And as a lot as she is a vulnerability for him, it seems that he has simply as a lot affect on her. Or is that an act on her half?

Her selection to stick with him on Big Alice might be for a mess of causes.

I’d prefer to hope that she actually does have the state of affairs in hand, that her staying is to supply Snowpiercer with a bonus.

But there is a real chance that Wilford is her dependancy and that she’s backslid into his orbit.

Layton: We’re asking an terrible lot of you. You good with this?
Miss Audrey: I perceive. We want to guard ourselves.
Layton: Only for those who can shield your self.

Her try to entry the coms field is already on Wilford’s radar. As we have seen along with his therapy of Alex, any suspicion of disloyalty is a capital offense, so he is certain to confront her with that quickly.

I’m stunned by how spectacular Ruth is right here.

Not solely is she the epitome of calm assurance within the face of Melanie’s failure to uplink, however she additionally rolls with the plan to cover this from the passengers.

Layton: Melanie’s the one factor that is been maintaining us all collectively.
Roche: She did it for seven years. It nonetheless means one thing.
Ruth: So, then we lie.
Layton: A lie for hope.

It’s been a revelation to see her select to face with Snowpiercer, understanding her worshipful angle to Wilford.

I believe if Wilford had invited her over to Big Alice in the beginning of the season, she would’ve been throughout that border like a shot.

You know, I’m not naive, Zarah. Never was. Never shall be. I do know that folks in energy lie. Even I’ve completed issues in teal I’m ashamed of.


I believe the hope of the Earth warming and Melanie’s sacrifice has given her a number of pleasure in Snowpiercer and the life they’ve carved out, even when she has to credit score Layton with a few of that.

As I’ve stated earlier than, it is a season for redemption and resurrection. If Pike may be redeemed from being a cannibal, Ruth may additionally show herself higher than her previous actions.

When you watch Snowpiercer on-line, pay shut consideration to who’s watching whom.

Josie watches these round her. Icy Bob watches her. Alex watches Wilford and Sykes, whereas Wilford watches Audrey.

And when Layton offers Pike his killing orders, the digital camera watches from behind a partially-obstructing display screen or blind. Because that dialogue is not one that’s meant for open air. No one’s arms are clear.

What’s Layton’s subsequent transfer? Wilford’s? Audrey’s? Comment beneath together with your greatest guesses!

(*5*)Diana Keng is a employees author for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.



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