Snowpiercer S01E04 Review: “Without Their Maker”
Snowpiercer S01E04 Review
This week’s episode of TNT’s Snowpiercer ended with an epic reveal! The fourth episode, entitled “Without Their Maker” brings the murder mystery aspect of the story to a close with the discovery of the murderers. We found out last week that the killer was a First Class passenger, and we saw this passenger talking to Nikki Genet at the end of episode three. This episode begins with the news that Nikki Genet was murdered. Layton is actually allowed into First Class to question the “better than thou” passengers. The father of the Folger family admits his bodyguard, Erik hasn’t returned home since Fight Night. Turns out, the personal bodyguards of the wealthy are also allowed to carry guns, unlike anyone else on the train.
While Cavill and Layton are conducting their investigation, Josie from the Tail is using the access capsule Layton gave her to speak with a contact in Third Class. She goes in as Sanitation Crew and changes into pajamas during a break. She finds Astrid, a former member of the Tail who is still loyal to them. Astrid works in food distribution and promises to communicate with the Tail to help with the rebellion.
Meanwhile, Layton goes to search Erik’s belongings in the Folger’s quarters and begins to suspect Erik had something going on with the Folger’s daughter, LJ. Up until this point, LJ has been featured in the show as the self-aware, edgy, privileged daughter of obscenely wealthy parents. LJ speaks to Layton during his interview in a way that says she wants to get caught, but does not think she will suffer any consequences for her actions. Layton finds a J hook in Erik’s belongings and explains to LJ that castration is a crime of passion. Erik is a trained killer, but his motivations for committing the crimes are lacking. He leads her to confessing that she prompted Erik to commit the crimes out of boredom, a need to feel in control of her life, and a lot of psychopathy. She does not think she will answer for this crime because she believes Layton will protect her to have a “friend uptrain” and to secure him items for his revolution. Layton leads her to believe this is what will occur, before revealing he did tell Cavill about her part in the crimes. The actress who plays LJ Folger, Annalise Basso, told Digital Spy: “I think when he outs her, she can’t handle it and she goes insane….as important as the rebellion is to [Layton], he wanted to see this crazy psychotic serial killer locked up and honestly I don’t blame him!”
LJ’s role in the murder was not the only twist in the episode. Earlier in the episode, when Melanie Cavill was making a phone call for Ms. Folger to “Speak with Mr. Wilford,” Layton was clearly reading her body language and facial expressions. You could tell that he figured out in that moment that she was not being honest about “speaking with Mr. Wilford.” So after they have solved the crime, Cavill offers to get him a drink. Layton, of course, wants to go back to the Tail. Cavill then reveals she cannot allow him to go back because “he’s seen too much.” She had apparently put a sedative in his drink prior to this meeting, and he passes out. She then puts him into suspension in the drawers. The last revelation is that Astrid was able to get a message to Josie in the Tail: “Layton is missing.”
Snowpiercer S01E04 Review