The scene I wanted to focus on was the one in which Curtis and others from the tail section entered the school room. This scene contains a lot of very religious language and clear signs of propaganda and indoctrination. A lot of what we see in this scene has a very cult-like feel. When the teacher plays the video, the student’s all shout “Wilford” and make ‘W’ signs with their hands. The teacher describes Wilford as “prophetic” and the train is referred to as “sacred” and “eternal.” The children sing a song, with very religious undertones, by heart which implies that they have been introduced to it many times before. The bastardization of religious ideas is important because it shows just how much power Wilford has over the people of his train. To them, the train is heaven and he is God. The vast majority of passengers do not realize what is actually going on and believe exactly what Wilford wants them to, without question. Personally, I found this scene somewhat disturbing for these reasons.
Viewers also begin to see just how different life on the train is for the “front sectioners.” This is only the third or fourth front-section car viewers see, but the colors are easily the most vibrant. The colors viewers see up until this point are mostly shades of brown and gray, but upon entering the front section, there are many more vibrant and clean colors, which certainly speaks to the decadence that the passengers of the front section enjoy.
This scene really shows why the tail sectioners feel they deserve more. It is clear that the front section has more than enough resources to be able to share equally. While life would not be as extravagant as it is now, it would be comfortable for all. If not for the obvious indoctrination and greed of the front sectioners that this scene introduces viewers to, there probably wouldn’t even be an issue. This movie really uses climate fiction as a frame to effectively to speak about ideas of revolution and control in ways that many others don’t do, and that was really refreshing to see.