I was someone who initially had problems with the train concept in the film, but, once I got to the point of accepting it as an allegorical conceit, thought it was an interesting film. When I heard about the series, I didn’t really see it translating at all, though.
Having watched the first three episodes, though, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. You still have to get past the train conceit, but the introduction of the murder/detective plot provides the opportunity of more leisurely exploring the train dynamics that a longer running series requires. The episodes have generally been interesting, well acted, and well produced, so I plan to keep following it. It might be that there’s a dearth of other good TV right now or I’ve just seen all the other stuff I want to see, but I’m a bit surprised this show doesn’t seem to be getting more attention than it is.
Also, the themes of class struggle and social justice are really on point right now (maybe too on point), given the current situation in the U.S. I imagine that will enhance the experience for some and detract for others.
Good point, but, if I felt like putting on my fanwanking hat, that could be a repurposed car. The train seems to have been moving for a shorter period on the series than the film, but I think there’s supposed to be some notion of usage of the train cars evolving as it goes. Maybe that used to be an observation car and after some time rolling along they figured out that people didn’t really want to observe frigid, bleak desolation all that much. So the observation car became a cattle car and the cattle car became a night club or whatever.