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Layton Confronts the First Class Passengers in Delightful Snowpiercer Clip

Daveed Diggs in Snowpiercer.
Daveed Diggs in Snowpiercer.
Image: TNT/CBR

There’s something really satisfying about seeing rich people getting nervous.

In a clip from an upcoming episode of Snowpiercer, provided by Comic Book Resources, a group of rich people—or, well, first-classers, the folk who represent the Important People in the dystopia of Snowpiercer—get very, very nervous. It is extremely fun to watch.

Daveed Diggs, delightful as Layton, confronts the passengers as he continues his investigation into the murders that have brought us as viewers into Snowpiercer’s world. He eats, he lectures, he makes himself comfortable. The clip, from the upcoming June 7th episode of the series, makes it clear where things are going: toward the person who’s done these crimes, and the end of the investigation. And the beginning of something more.

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Snowpiercer is a strange show, half TNT cop drama and half sci-fi dystopia. And we should all be critical of cop dramas nowadays, considering the way cops in the real world tend to act, but Layton is an interesting, reluctant detective in a world that doesn’t much like or want anyone to uncover its evils. That makes the show more interesting than its format might suggest, and if Diggs continues to give such an electric performance, arguably worth watching for a while yet.

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Snowpiercer airs Sundays on TNT.


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DISCUSSION

I’ve been having a hard time watching this show. Too many logistics to consider when I watch it. I enjoyed the movie but it was just a metaphor for stratified society and how the people at the top (front in this case) survive by oppressing those on the bottom (back)... etc. A good, if ham fisted, metaphor for class rebellion. The problem I have with the show is that it now uses that metaphor for a backdrop in what seems to be a crime show. It doesn’t seem to have anywhere to go. While that story is playing out I can’t help but think of the logistics of how the train works. Something I never considered in the movie because it didn’t matter. But when someone gets a message in a pneumatic tube, I wonder how they have pneumatic tubes working between train cars without disruption. Or when I see a nightclub on the train that is clearly much wider and taller than any of the other cars, I have to wonder how it fits through the tunnels considering that we see cars with windows on both sides that are much narrower. Or, the fact that, given a little math, you can calculate that the train has to be a little more than 15 miles long. How would people be able to traverse that distance in the time allowed several times a day. Apparently there is some kind of tram system underneath everything but that just brings up more questions on how that would work. Again, these things just don’t feel real or even remotely possible and it gets in the way of my suspension of disbelief. This is not a problem I ever had with the movie, even given the wildly improbable setting. It simply never got in the way of the story. Now there are plots and sub plots and multiple levels on a train that just don’t seem like they could ever work. Anyway, makes it hard to follow the story when you have to stop yourself from yelling at the tv, “how the fuck could that possibly work?!”