Snowpiercer's New Trailer Illuminates the Difference Between the Haves and the Have-Nots

Scenes from TNT’s Snowpiercer.
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Much as TNT’s Snowpiercer is literally going to be a series about a massive train plowing its way through the snow on a planet that’s turned into a frozen apocalyptic wasteland, it’s also a story about how the wealthy willingly subjugate impoverished people in the midst of a global crisis in order to fool themselves into believing that everything’s just going to be fine. Imagine living in that sort of world. How wild.

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The upcoming series’ latest trailer lays its conceit out in a clear and profound way: the entire world is dead and frozen save for a select few who all somehow managed to board a massive train whose sole purpose is to consistently smash through the planet’s ice and snow while keeping its passengers safe. But the train can only function because of the backbreaking labor that the lower-class passengers are forced to do on a daily basis while their wealthier counterparts enjoy luxuries like elegant dining and organized schooling.

Much as the train’s elite would love to believe that their new world order is something that their fellow passengers are content to live with, that’s not at all the case, and while the trailer doesn’t make clear exactly what the locomotive revolution will look like, it’s obvious that by the season’s end, blood will be shed.

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Snowpiercer now premiers on TNT on May 17.


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DISCUSSION

High Castle, Handmaid, Westworld...here’s my problem with all of these adaptations...

...you get one or two seasons of the source material, and then they always turn into a “CLASS WARFARE!” plot line. Always.

I mean, in this case the whole movie was that revolution. So I’d imagine the series spending a season with just life on the train and then season 2 is the events of the movie and then at some point we have life outside the train.

Hell, even Walking Dead eventually fell in to this trope. We had the survival seasons, then got to Alexandria and turned into a perpetual “Stave off progressively more evil and twisted invaders...”

I mean, I get it. Given the state of everything people are probably hungry for that kind of shit. But it’s just tiresome. It’s also why I’m glad Watchmen is likely over.