The pandemic has pushed people to discover tastes of things they previously did not care about or care about. Gary, for example, found that gardening, and not anything else he had done before last year, was the true dominant idea in his life; A newsroom friend revealed her taste for vegan fry, a sacred sacrilege for any self-respecting carnivore; And I discovered the joy of science fiction.
In the starting course I went for the classics. Read “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, “Is Android Dreaming of Electric Sheep?” By Philip K. Dick, but also discovered authors such as Ted Chiang. I also started listening to the podcast, “Guerra III” is my favorite, and watching TV series in Miserable Worlds. In the middle of that exploration, I come across “Snowpiercer,” a series based on the similar-sounding movie directed by South Korean Bong Joon-ho.
Googling discovered that the director’s film Parasites was a quote from the French graphic novel, “Le Transperceneige”, first published in 1982. The graphic novel, films and series preserve the same essence of the post-apocalyptic narrative: after a nuclear disaster led mankind into an era New Glacier, as few survivors spent their lives in a 1001-car train called Snowpiercer, which circulates around the world.
Snowpiercer’s narrative delves into the problems of today’s society such as social injustice, class struggles and survival politics, with the aggravating factor that everything must be resolved within a train that no one can get out of. In this story, Mr. Wilford resembles, in every respect, the character of Big Brother, the character of George Orwell in “1984”. He set the rules for coexistence and is the only one who, in theory, can change them.
If anyone yet believes that this post-apocalyptic science fiction story isn’t exactly appealing, it should be noted that the heroine of the series is Jennifer Connelly. The data may go unnoticed by anyone who is not a fan of Darren Aronofsky’s films, but for the two thousand like me, who ended adolescence watching “ Requiem for a Dream, ” (2000) The existence of the New Yorker, without a doubt, adds an imprint Unique on the story.
“Snowpiercer” is one of the few Netflix series, and I don’t know if it’s the only series that keeps the format of releasing a new chapter every week. Imposing this format has two advantages: that one does not suffer from television embarrassment and that one can return to the details of the story.
This week, for example, after seeing Melanie, the character played by Connelly, leave the train looking for clues to re-colonizing Earth, I was haunted by the idea that life is doomed to permanent confinement and how that might affect the relationships we have with others.