Snowpiercer S01E05 Review: “Justice Never Boarded”
Snowpiercer S01E05 Review
In episode 5 of TNT’s Snowpiercer, “Justice Never Boarded,” we discover terrible secrets about the suspension drawers and witness the trial of Lilah Folger Junior, aka LJ. Spoilers ahead.
The arrest of LJ in the previous episode enrages Third Class, as they begin sending messages uptrain of their malcontentment. Audrey, the Nightcar singer, is leading Third in this fight for justice,as she was close to Nikki Genet, the person who was previously convicted of the crimes for which LJ is guilty (and suffered three years in suspension before being murdered). Third Class activists pose as waiters to deliver roaches on a tray to a First Class passenger (a nod to the Snowpiercer film), and Cavill approaches Audrey about her involvement. Audrey reminds her Third Class will not give them peace until they allow a Third Class passenger on the tribunal at LJ’s trial. Cavill grants this petition, to the outrage of First Class, who are now plotting to get rid of her. Cavill is noticeably shaken by the reaction of First Class, as she cannot allow it to be revealed that she is posing as Wilford.
During the trial, Bess’s Second Class girlfriend, Jinju, testifies about her experience being held hostage by LJ’s henchman, Erik. The trial also presents descriptions of the injuries the victims suffered before their deaths, which are mostly losses of limbs and appendages. Audrey takes the stand to testify on behalf of Nikki Genet and Third Class passengers. Afterwards, while the trial is in recess, LJ’s mom threatens Cavill, implying that LJ knew secrets that would come out if the tribunal finds her guilty. While LJ is testifying, she confirms this information by revealing that the victim, Sean Wise, was an informant. Cavill panics and sends a tube from “Mr. Wilford.” The verdict is then rendered: a unanimous guilty verdict. Third Class cheers…until the tube from Mr. Wilford is read aloud: “Lilah will be remanded to the custody of her parents due to her young age.” So LJ is guilty, but free to go home.
While the trial is going on, Astrid sends Josie a message that says “today.” The trial will provide a good distraction for the search for Layton. Josie leaves the Tail as Sanitation Crew again. On their break, Astrid meets them and switches clothes with Josie. Josie goes to see the drug lord in the Nightcar, who promises to “hit the drawers” in search of Layton. She accompanies him to the drawers, but he’s only interested in robbing supplies from them, and leaves her to find Layton alone. During her search, she discovers other Tailies in the drawers, and finally reaches Layton. Unfortunately, Bess and her partner bust in to catch whoever is going through the drawers right at that moment. Bess finds Josie hiding in Layton’s drawer with him. Bess had been Layton’s partner in solving the murders, so she is rightfully upset upon finding him. She knocks out her current partner and helps Josie get Layton to safety. Josie takes Layton to Zarah, as he begins convulsing from coming out of suspension. He does not fully awaken, but is seen having dreams/memories about the Tail in the past, when the Tailies were cannibals. In the dreams, Layton cuts up a human heart and all the Tailies agree to never be cannibals again.
Now that the murder mystery story-arch has come to a close, the show is finally pivoting to the class warfare/uprising/rebellion story that fans tuning into Snowpiercer have been wanting to see from the beginning. Fans have started theorycrafting that Wilford could be alive. A twist regarding the Melanie Cavill/Wilford story will probably be revealed by the end of this season. Also, the inclusion of Third Class in the rebellion story is a welcome departure from the film, since it would make sense to see Third joining the Tail to defeat the elite of Snowpiercer.
Snowpiercer S01E05 Review