Synopsis: The rebel forces are on their heels when a dangerous foe joins them; a plan is hatched to take the train, but it may destroy them all.
Hard choices have to be made in this finale two episodes as Layton learns that there is always a price to be paid for revolution. The rebels are their heels, and the Folger’s are looking to try and take the train by giving Layton an impossible decision and they send the traitor Pike to give him an ultimatum. But the balance in power soon shifts when Melanie gets help to escape and goes to Layton with an audacious plan that will allow for a fresh start and a shot at running the train as a democracy.
Layton learns pretty quickly the being a leader and running the train is not an easy task. A democracy is only as good as the people who participate. Meanwhile, Melanie takes a step back and returns to engineering having relinquished the day to day governance of the train to Layton and the rebels, and it is not long before Layton is tested.
Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs both give great performances as Melanie Cavill and Andre Layton. I really enjoyed the scenes where Layton learns that his victory carries a much higher cost than he could ever imagine when he gets faced with a terrible choice. The scene that immediately follows where Layton comes to the realization that running the train is a dirty business is awesome. Especially the moment between him and Melanie where she tells him that she knew he’d have to make a life and death choice to let a few people die to save the majority.
Kudos should also go to Kerry O’Malley and Vincent Gale as Lilah and Robert Folger who show themselves to be just as psychotic as their daughter L.J. when they show their true feelings about the rebels.
These final two episodes were fantastic viewing in that Layton and Melanie got a satisfying conclusion to their arcs and started fresh new ones. The Snowpiercer is presented with the fact that they are not the only survivors. We learn that Wilfred is alive and if Melanie’s warning is anything to go by. A train that is actually run by Mr. Wilfred may well be worse than her own time in charge.
- CGI & Stunts9.6
- Incidental Music9.3