Review: Dystopian 'Snowpiercer - The Complete Second Season' Continues to Prove an Elegantly Unique Narrative

by JC Alvarez

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday November 15, 2021

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The second season of TNT's original series "Snowpiercer" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download, and follows the post-apocalyptic exploits of the final remnants of humanity that have chosen to survive aboard a speeding train that is circling the planet! Based on the best-selling graphic novel and the film from Academy Award Winner Bong Joon-Ho ("Parasite"), the second season puts us back on track as a revolution aboard Snowpiercer has led to dramatic changes and head-spinning, non-stop drama.

As we join the adventure, Jennifer Connelly's Melanie Cavill has found herself in a dangerous predicament, as Daveed Diggs' revolutionary Andre Layton leads a rebellion to restore a democracy among the last remnants of humanity aboard a speeding train to nowhere. But as we get back into the swing of Season Two, things are about to get derailed, and the the addition of new cast members will shake up the status quo. Joining the cast this season as the mysterious Mr. Wilford is Sean Bean ("Game of Thrones").

Melanie Cavill (Connelly) has been more determined than ever to tighten her grip and maintain order aboard the speeding train, and has been convincing the intrepid travelers that she has been working under the orders of their benefactor, Mr. Wilford. But now that Wilford has been revealed and has made his intentions clear, he demands nothing but complete obedience! The addition of a second steam engine, Big Alice, has also shifted the power dynamics; with Wilford in charge of the far more powerful engine, Snowpiercer may have little choice but to submit to his whims.

The stakes have never been greater: If Melanie is unable to get the situation back on track, the race for human survival will be over. Alliances must be made; trust must be brokered; and Layton and Cavill find themselves in unique positions of power. If they are to succeed, they'll have to work together against their common foes, the sub-zero conditions outside of the teain and the psychopathic Wilford.

Darkly claustrophobic and set in a dystopian future none of us would like to see come to pass, "Snowpiercer — The Complete Second Season" continues to prove an elegantly unique narrative, and capitalizes on its remarkable cast, bolstered with Sean Bean's addition. Fans of "Game of Thrones" will be thrown for a loop and happy to see the actor stepping into this dangerously perilous world!

All 10 episodes of the second season are on track in the two-disc set and feature spectacularly cinematic bonus content, including a Season One recap delivered by the series' star Daveed Diggs himself, as well as a Season Two Overview, and a roundtable discussion with the show's cast and crew of creatives with unique insight on their characters and the trajectory of the new season. "The Great Engineer: Bringing the Mysterious Mr. Wilford Aboard" provides a broad spectrum exploration of the man behind the engine who is brought to life by Sean Bean.

Special Features include:

  • The Great Engineer: Bringing the Mysterious Mr. Wilford Aboard
  • Season 2 Overview
  • Behind The Character: Mr. Wilford
  • Season 2 Roundtable
  • Daveed Diggs Season 1 Recap

    "Snowpiercer — The Complete Second Season" is available now on Blu-ray, Digital Download for $29.98 and is loaded with Bonus Content.

    Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".