Snowpiercer Season 1 on TNT *Spoilers*

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  1. May 18, 2020 #1 of 126
    Beryl

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    The movie was watchable but not one that moved me to purchasing for my movie library. However, the series has me intrigued with its whodunnit angle and very attractive male lead.

    No other forensic experts onboard? You’d think they would have carefully planned for key skills when selecting the elite to occupy the train.

    I wasn’t totally shocked with the Mr. Wilford reveal but appreciate it.

    Imprisoning people in drawers? That’s new. I hope they leave out this movie aspect:
    using children to keep the engine running.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I recorded this and will watch tonight. Mildly interested but might not have watched it if it wasn't summer and trapped at home. Hopefully it's not too "sci-fi" for me.
     
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    tivotvaddict

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    Great movie in a an icy Mad Max kind of way. I didn't realize until after the Parasite movie hype that the Snowpiercer movie was from Bong Joon-Ho. In retrospect, the social class themes make a whole lot of sense.

    I liked the first episode enough, though agree with @Beryl it doesn't make much sense they didn't have any other detective/forensics person on board. Would have made more sense if the upper classes did have a detective and that's who was murdered. But then again, we wouldn't have had the great line of "I guess Mr. Wilford didn’t think rich people would murder each other." which made me laugh out loud.

    Loved seeing the actress who was sooo good as Martha from The Americans! That holds promise.

    Surprised to see full tushy nudity on TNT, a cable show, but I haven't seen too many shows on that channel so maybe I'm just out of the loop.

    Interested to see where they go in exploration of the concept of how to build an entire ecosystem/biosphere within the confines of a narrow train that is always in motion.
     
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    KDeFlane

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    i only watched the opening scenes, hoping for some backstory or set-up explanations. Do they expect TNT viewers to already know the movie and/or the graphic novel on which it is based? I had questions... Nevermind. This might be the kind of show that requires some suspension of disbelief. Buy into the premise as a rack on which to hang the stories. Reviews of the pilot were not enthusiastic, and it's not the mood I need to be in right now.
     
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    trainman

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    I only saw the movie once, in the theater -- but I seem to recall...

    ...a similar reveal being in the movie.


    In recent years, ad-supported cable networks have gotten more bold with language and nudity, because the advertisers (and viewers) are okay with it.
     
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    dwatt

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    This reveal was different. In the movie there was no real interaction with others on the train. Certainly not getting as far back as the tail section.

    Regarding the swimming scene, this was essentially an upskirt shot with thigh gap. It was risque for TNT. Depending on how the shadows are interpreted I can see more than a few complaints to the FCC.
     
  7. May 18, 2020 #7 of 126
    Allanon

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    I thought the animated opening explained the backstory well enough.

     
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    rharmelink

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    The premise is absurd. Who is maintaining the train tracks? What happens if an earthquake, rock slide, or avalanche destroys a section of track?

    I'd rather they did something with Hugh Howey's Wool-iverse. Silos with functions by floor make more sense than a moving train with functions by cars.
     
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    Beryl

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    One must suspend logic when watching this series and the movie.
     
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    justen_m

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    The original story is first and foremost social commentary. The movie is an action adventure film with social commentary secondary. Scientific accuracy doesn't make the list.
     
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    dwatt

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    I just wish the libraries were open so I could get a copy of the graphic novels to read.
     
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    ct1

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    justen_m

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    I read library copies too. My library also has the DVD and Blu-ray. All checked out, but not a long waiting list. However, after the SAH order 3/25, the library extended all due dates to 6/17 and advised people to hold onto their materials until the order is lifted. It's been a long time since I've seen the movie. Too bad TNT isn't airing the movie.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Or an allegory.
     
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    dwatt

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    Fight! Fight! Fight!
     
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    madscientist

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    The movie is streaming on Netflix FYI.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Which is more powerful? A metaphor, or an allegory?
     
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    dwatt

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    I still have some things due back just after SAH orders that are still in my library basket near the couch. I would guess that TNT didn't lead in with the movie because the didn't want to spoil the series even if it will be slightly different.
     
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    Rob Helmerichs

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    Yeah, it would have been borderline insane for them to run the movie at any point in the near past. The show isn't a sequel to the movie; it's a remake (or rather, it's a fresh adaptation of the same source material).
     
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  20. May 18, 2020 #20 of 126
    KDeFlane

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    yes, i watched the opening animation. So:
    How long did it take for the climate to change? When were the tracks built? Wouldn't they need to wait for the oceans to freeze solid enough to lay track which encircles the globe? How did people survive during that period? Why couldn't they continue to use that method of survival? Why must the train move to maintain humanity? Why is it more economical to burn fuel to perpetuate that motion?
    ...etc.
    Maybe that kind of backstory can be dripped into the current story thru exposition and other demonstrations of their technology. I just didn't have the patience to wait for it. It's my loss. Not all genres are meant for all types of fans.
     

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