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Snowpiercer review: Gripping new adaptation packs a whodunit twist




Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly in Snowpiercer.


I’ve been thinking a lot about survival at all costs lately — ever since theaters, bookstores and museums closed and I started reading a post-apocalyptic novel whose protagonist lives by the motto “survival is insufficient.” 

So I’ve found the new TNT post-apocalyptic drama Snowpiercer compelling and timely. The 10-episode series premiered May 17 in the US and is airing one new episode each Sunday after that. The first two episodes became available internationally on Netflix May 25, with new episodes released weekly after that.

Snowpiercer’s showrunner is Orphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson. It’s based on the 2013 Bong Joon-ho movie of the same name starring Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton. The show is also an adaptation of the French graphic novel Le Transperneige that inspired Joon-ho‘s movie. The South Korean director serves here as an executive producer. 

In Snowpiercer, the show, Earth has finally succumbed to humanity’s excesses. The planet is uninhabitable, its core frozen after “men of science” tried to fight off global warming with extreme cold. The only survivors aimlessly circle the planet inside a train 1,001 cars long. They’ve spent almost seven years in this experimental and fragile ecosystem. If the engine stops, life on Snowpiercer won’t survive.

Jennifer Connelly gets the juiciest role in Snowpiercer. She plays Melanie, the train’s head of hospitality by day and a Yale and MIT-educated engineer by night. The woman literally does everything aboard Snowpiercer. She can smooth a squabble in first class over sauna use (the Europeans are body shaming the American passengers by forgoing bathing attire), take control of the train engine, or try to figure out how to make up for the lack of methane gas when the cattle on Snowpiercer suffer an accident. 

“You have to make sacrifices,” she tells a young engineering apprentice. “The needs of the train are more important than your own happiness. We’re engineers — we keep the world alive.”

The Academy Award winner for A Beautiful Mind is magnificent playing this many-faceted woman. She can be warm and welcoming, commanding and authoritarian or simply menacing in a matter of instants. It’s a role that proves, once again, that TV tends to reward established actresses with opportunities hardly found in movies.

Melanie, also “the voice of the train” and uses Snowpiercer’s PA system to keep passengers updated, has a big problem to solve when the show starts: There’s been a murder in third class. She summons the only homicide detective aboard the train to try and find the killer because everything on Snowpiercer “survives at the mercy of its balance.” The victim was an informant and another killing could mean a greater imbalance in the system. 

The summoned detective, Andre, is played by Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs. Andre also happens to be one of the reluctant leaders of the so-called Tailies, the unticketed passengers who survive crammed on the last wagon of the train.

The murder investigation brings a whodunit aspect to Snowpiercer in its first episodes. You can almost see parallels with Murder on the Orient Express, snowdrift and all. But this is no The Killing: Apocalypse Edition. The murder is a plot device that gets Andre out of the Tail and, with him, the viewer gets to learn some of the train’s intrigues. By the time the killer is uncovered, you’ll be more interested in a dirty little secret at Snowpiercer’s engine.


Snowpiercer’s Tail.


Andre describes Snowpiercer as a “fortress to class,” and that’s the theme at the heart of this show. Snowpiercer comments on class and immigration with a population categorized as Tail, third, second or first. Class grants very distinct privileges and rights to its members. We are told about checkpoints and borders to separate passengers. The process of upgrading from one class to another echoes the immigration system of many developed countries. The Tail is the most oppressed of Snowpiercer’s castes. Tailies are malnourished and lack access to running water, daylight or medical care. A new rebellion is always brewing on the Tail, but we learn the Year 3 uprising meant 62 dead and 15 arms taken.

This intriguing TV adaptation lives independently from the movie. It shares ingredients like the constant mentions to Wilford, Snowpiercer’s mastermind. Both address the addiction to a drug called Kronole and use human-size drawers as a form of population confinement. 

But the TV show is less crude and disturbing. Its violence is less stylized. There’s no chatter about how babies taste. It doesn’t feel the need to spell out the ingredients of the protein blocks fed to the 400 souls in the Tail as dramatically as the movie does

The TV version of Snowpiercer made me think about the delicate balance between power’s capacity to corrupt and the needs of the greater good. All while keeping me entertained and rooting for most characters, even if they were on opposite sides of the conflict brewing on board. The show also finds room for welcome moments of human connection, including romance and sex.

Music is sparsely used and wielded with deliberate intent. Like the vinyl version of Sealed with a Kiss by Bobby Vinton one of the characters in first has the liberty to play. Or the version of Frank Ocean’s Bad Religion the madame of the Nightcar sings in front of a hypnotized audience.

Survival is insufficient. Fortunately, we still have scripted TV.

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Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket – For Which One You Should Go For



Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket - For Which One You Should Go For

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

Want to know the difference between these two shipping modes? With which shipping method you should go?

Out of Aliexpress Standard Shipping and ePacket, which is cheaper? Then no worries. We are here with a closer look at –Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. We will help you out to figure these two available shipping ways.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping

Aliexpress Standard Shipping and the company is the top e-commerce site and property of Alibaba Group. Aliexpress Standard Shipping is not the cheapest delivery option but it is a reliable choice.

AliExpress offers shipping options for every taste and budget:

  • For those who are in a hurry.
  • For those who are not.
  • With extra fees.

With Aliexpress Standard Shipping, the parcels usually arrive within 15-45 days.

You will see the tracking number of the parcel on the product’s details page when the shipment is sent. You can track the location of your package also.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping follows different chain:

Seller-> Aliexpress Warehouse->Courier->Customer.


As the name implies, the shipping service was designed for e-commerce. It helps the customers to receive parcels quickly from online stores and marketplaces that shipped out from China and Hong Kong.

Before ePacket, products were shipped to the US from China via sea. This was a long journey, and shipping took a long time.

However, ePacket has its own requirements. The maximum length of a package is 24 inches (60 cm) and the total length, height, and thickness of the package cannot be more than 36 inches (90 cm).

Additionally, the package cannot weigh more than 4.4 lbs (2kg). Through ePacket, the product can be delivered to 35 countries.

Shipping time may vary and depends on the destination of the package, customs, holidays, and other delays. On average a package takes 10-20 days to arrive from the United States.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

The two shipping methods that we are going to explore are AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket. Compared to the other free shipping method, AliExpress Standard Shipping and ePacket can cut down shipping time for a few days.

To know which is the best shipping option, consider the advantages and disadvantages of each shipping method.

Aliexpress Standard Shipping- Advantages

  • It provides free shipping to some destination countries like the USA.
  • Products are packed in good quality packaging.
  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • Provides many shipping options according to your choice.


  • Packages usually arrived within 15 to 45 days.
  • It is ideal for small packages.
  • Sometimes you need to pick up your parcels.

ePacket Shipping: Advantages

  • The estimated shipping time is 7 – 30 days.
  • It is cheaper than other shipping services.
  • ePacket is faster than other standard shipping methods being used in China.


  • ePacket is not available worldwide. ePacket delivers the products only in 35 countries.
  • There is a limitation on the size and weight of parcels.

Which Shipping Method Should I Go With- Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket?

According to my choice, you should choose ePacket as it is faster and more reliable.

From our experience, AliExpress Standard Shipping generally has a slower delivery timeframe than ePacket. But if it isn’t, then AliExpress Standard Shipping should be your next best choice for affordable shipping and package delivery.

Summing it Up On :

Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket

This is all about Aliexpress Standard Shipping vs ePacket. Hope you are able to figure out which shipping method is best for you.

Give your feedback in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading!

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IT ministry banned 118 more apps including PUBG: Here’s the full list



The Indian government once again banned 118 Chinese applications. The name of PUBG is also included in these apps. 118 other mobile applications of China have been banned by the IT Ministry.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. 

Here is the full list of apps banned by the government on September 2:

Other Apps which are banned by the Government are :

21.Tencent Weiyun


23.WeChat Work

24.Cyber Hunter

25.Cyber Hunter Lite

26. Knives Out-No rules, just fight!

27.Super Mecha Champions


29.Dawn of Isles

30.Ludo World-Ludo Superstar

31.Chess Rush

32.PUBG MOBILE Nordic Map: Livik


34.Rise of Kingdoms: Lost Crusade

35.Art of Conquest: Dark Horizon

36.Dank Tanks


38.Game of Sultans

39.Gallery Vault – Hide Pictures And Videos

40.Smart AppLock (App Protect)

& 10 Bands Equalizer


61.Web Browser – Fast, Privacy & Light Web Explorer

62.Web Browser – Secure Explorer

63.Music Player – Audio Player

64.Video Player – All Format HD Video Player

65.Lamour Love All Over The World

66.Amour- video chat & call all over the world.

67.MV Master – Make Your Status Video & Community

68.MV Master – Best Video Maker & Photo Video Editor

69.APUS Message Center-Intelligent management

70.LivU Meet new people & Video chat with strangers

91.Murderous Pursuits

92.Tencent Watchlist (Tencent Technology

93.Learn Chinese AI-Super Chinese

94.HUYA LIVE – Game Live Stream

95.Little Q Album

96.Fighting Landlords – Free and happy Fighting Landlords

97.Hi Meitu

98.Mobile Legends: Pocket

99.VPN for TikTok

100.VPN for TikTok

101.Penguin E-sports Live assistant

102. Buy Cars-offer everything you need, special offers and low prices


104.Beauty Camera Plus – Sweet Camera & Face Selfie

105.Parallel Space Lite – Dual App

106.”Chief Almighty: First Thunder BC

107.MARVEL Super War NetEase Games

108.AFK Arena

109.Creative Destruction NetEase Games

110.Crusaders of Light NetEase Games

111.Mafia City Yotta Games

112.Onmyoji NetEase Games

113.Ride Out Heroes NetEase Games

114. Yimeng Jianghu-Chu Liuxiang has been fully upgraded

115.Legend: Rising Empire NetEase Games

116.Arena of Valor: 5v5 Arena Games

117.Soul Hunters

118.Rules of Survival

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PUBG Banned In India : India’s Third Surgical Strike On Chinese Apps !!



The Indian government banned PUBG 

A ban is imposed on PUBG as well as on 118 Chinese applications.

The Ministry of Information Technology had received several complaints from various sources, stating that users’ data is being stolen incorrectly through some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms. Let me tell you that even before that 57 applications of China were banned, including Tiktok’s name.

India’s 3rd Surgical Strike on Chinese Apps

The Indian government has conducted another digital strike against China. The Ministry of Information and Technology on Wednesday banned 118 mobile applications, including the mobile game PubG. This is India’s third digital strike on China’s mobile apps. Earlier, at the end of June, India had banned 47 apps from China including Tiktok, and then 59 Chinese apps at the end of July. The government has cited national security behind this decision.

Why PUBG is banned in India Now?

The statement said that the government has banned 118 such apps which are a threat to India’s sovereignty and integrity, defense of India, the security of the state, and peacekeeping. It said that the Ministry of Information Technology (IT) has received several complaints from various sources. The complaints also include reports of some mobile app users (users) on platforms such as Android and iOS being stolen and stored on servers outside the country.

It is said in the statement that such information is being compiled, analyzed, etc., which are a threat to national security and the defense of India. These ultimately pose a risk to India’s sovereignty and integrity. This is a very serious issue, which required quick action.

According to data analytics firm Senser Tower,

PUBG Mobile is the world’s highest-grossing gaming app. PUBG Mobile’s lifetime collection is about Rs 22,457 crore. 

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