The introduction of Icy Bob was a bit concerning. Snowpiercer is as much as hard sci-fi show as anything, with most of the luxury of First Class balanced out by the hard work of Second and Third Class passengers who keep the lights on and put food on the table. We have seen them composting, carefully guarding their vegetables, using everything possible, and wasting little or nothing as they try to keep everyone fed and watered. The struggle has been evident on the faces, particularly among the people of the Tail. Everyone has enough, albeit barely, and the black market economy is as much about extra food as it is about weed and books.
And then, there’s a giant monster who is apparently immune to the cold.
It’s not the ideal, or expected, introduction, but all of that is forgiven from the first moment Icy Bob (Andre Tricoteau) actually opens his mouth to speak to Josie (Katie McGuinness) as she fights off the rising waves of a panic attack courtesy of the Headwoods (Sakina Jaffrey and Damian Young) and their poor bedside manner. He’s calm, quiet, and unassuming, in spite of his massive size and scary appearance, and to have him be a quiet, reasonable person with good tips for dealing with the pain caused by multiple debridement treatments is reassuring. Sure, he might look like a monster, but at his core, he’s clearly a reasonable, nice enough human being who is currently dealing with some very serious medical issues.