Snowpiercer Episode 9 Review
Sacrifice. One word to sum up the events of Snowpiercer episode 9. In the previous episode, which was episode 8, after the failed attempt to capture the Train, Andre Layton and his team are now in a dilemma not knowing what to do. Melanie Cavill has also been revealed as the one orchestrating everything and not Mr. Wilford and is sentenced to death.
Snowpiercer Episode 9 Review – Season 1
Snowpiercer episode 9 begins with Melanie in a prison cell filled with other prisoners who were both tailies and third-class members who were caught during the revolt. There’s a conversation between Melanie and one the captives. One man who happens to have played a huge role in serving as a mediator between the third and the tailies, a beloved character is sent to their death.
Up train, there is an uproar in the First Class, some want to take drastic measures against all the civilians who one way or the other aided Andre Layton and others. They are more concerned with the survival of the First Class. At the helm of this, is the Sergeant who presents an ultimatum for the Tailie who betrayed his people to send to Andre Layton. There is no win-win with this ultimatum and whether Adre accepts it or not, the Third Class and Tail are doomed. The Sergeant has a conversation with Ruth, now head of hospitality, and promises a future for them. One that many wouldn’t see coming.
Melanie Cavill is up for execution next and as she walks to the execution cell and a nose mask is placed on her nose to freeze her lungs, viewers may have conflicted feelings on what should happen. However, in a swoop of an eye, an unlikely saviour appears. Javi comes in to save Melanie Cavill. It seems Javi knows the heart of Melanie and the systems Melanie has put in place to keep Snowpiercer alive. Followed by another saviour who prevents the guards from realizing what’s actually going on in the cell.
The Tailie who betrayed his people, Pike, is sent to Andre where he does not hide where he’s been all this while. He presents the ultimatum to Andre and then gives him an hour. Andre is confused, not knowing what to choose. Finally, he gives in and chooses and the First Class is excited at the prospect of what they are going to do. Andre goes to see Zarah where he learns a shocking truth, one that might make him hate her less for betraying Josie and sending her to her death.
The person responsible for Josie’s death, Melanie Cavill, crawls through the system and evades the guards and lands in the Third Class. Andre goes to her, filled with murderous passion and before he can react towards her in the way he really wants, Melanie presents a solution to him that would change everything. But Andre does not trust her. He asks for the advice of Audrey and Bess Till, his faithful companions and they are in favour.
Andre forms an unlikely alliance with Melanie Cavill and they set their plan in motion with the help of Roche, the lead brakeman and Miles and Bennette in the engine room. Still, under the pretence that he has accepted their offer, Andre goes to the First Class to meet his punishment. Lilah Junior, LJ, encourages her parents to be there when the Sergeant meets Andre Layton. Unknowingly or maybe knowingly leading to a tragic situation for them. After surrendering to the Sergeant, he is being taken to exactly up Train where everyone waits on him to deliver his end of the plan.
As the time is dangerously close for the plan to fail and lead to the death of everyone, Andre and Roche try to evade the Sergeant and his troops but it fails. At the last moment, a trio of heroes arrive to save the day and Andre rushes to deliver his end of the plan. Here he is confronted with a dilemma. Save the whole train and get rid of those who will bring it to destruction or save his captured people from death. Andre makes a choice that will haunt him.
In episode 9 of Snowpiercer, the diversion from the mystery laden theme of the series to thriller and action was evident. Choices were made by individuals throughout the Train. Choices that were not for self-centred gain (except for some people in the First Class) but for the good of everyone.