Snowpiercer means “snow-breaker.” It is a compound word resulted from the union of “snow” and “piercer”.
In that sense, Snowpiercer turns out to be a word created especially for a train used to survive a world destroyed by a new ice age in the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
The word Snowpiercer was also used to name the adaptation of the graphic novel to the series and film.
Snowpiercer (graphic novel)
Le Transperceneige (1982), or the Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, is a cult graphic novel. It tells the story of a frozen post apocalyptic world.
The survivors are aboard the Snowpiercer, a special train of 1001 wagons that moves, without stopping, around the world. Here, the poor are in the queue, and the rich, in first class, each in different wagons.
Le Transperceneige is a story of struggle for survival between people of different social classes. This is represented by the characters of Proloff and Adeline who are discovering the secrets of the train.
Jacques Lob, the author, through black and white art, masterfully portrays the harsh life inside the Snowpiercer. Both this, as the way of telling, the plot, among other aspects, made it a cult novel with wide current relevance.
The Snowpiercer movie was directed by Bong Joon-ho, recently acclaimed for his film Parasite. It was released in 2013. The production is based on the French comic with some variations.
In this, the Snowpiercer was built by a transportation magnate and inventor, Wilford. The protagonist, Curtis, conspiring with his mentor, Gilliam, and the second in command, Edgar, plan a riot to get the passengers from the queue to the engine.
This adaptation got very positive reviews. On the first week of theaters in South Korea, it became the 10th most profitable film in the country. It also broke attendance record.
Among the actors are Chris Evans, Son Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, among others.
Snowpiercer (TV series)
Snowpiercer was turned into an American television series premiered on TNT and Netflix in May 2020. It’s not only an adaptation of previous works, but rather, it incorporates new elements in line with further character development.
This adaptation of Snowpiercer comes to be a reboot of the continuity of the film. In this one, the characters and stories increase, forming a parallel universe with the other installments.
Among the actors are Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly, Mickey Summer, among others.
The second season will premiere on January 25, 2021. So far, its criticism was average, however, it is expected to rise with the arrival of the following season.