We really weren’t sure about this one when it was first announced. Actually, that’s not quite true. We were pretty close to sure we had no interest in it. While the 2013 Bong Joon-ho film on which this series is based was a fascinating, energetic, goofy-as-hell sci-fi allegory, we really didn’t see it as a concept or a world with any storytelling potential beyond that. Not that the concept wasn’t ripe with possibilities; but it doesn’t seem like the central idea would hold up to much scrutiny.
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.
But that sure does look like it’s got something to offer. We’re not going to make predictions here, but that’s a great cast and a trailer that seems to put the lie to our assumption that there’s no story left to tell here. And it has a fantastic look to it:
The buzz on the show is very good and we’re likely to have a review of the first episode after it airs this Sunday, but we have to wonder if a dystopian series about people being locked in together because the world outside has become uninhabitable is something folks are going to want to get into at the moment.
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