the more i think about “snowpiercer”, the more issue i take with its worldbuilding:
-Cutting off food/water to the tail section or just outright culling them would only breed resentment and make them even more difficult to manage. People would start taking matters into their own hands, outside Gillam’s influence. It’s much better, from the perspective of those in power, to let them kill themselves off with periodic “rebellions” designed to fail. The survivors would feel like they accomplished something, no matter how small the progress. That they’d get there next time. And those in charge would get the decreased numbers and resource drain.
-I don’t think they had much of a choice when it came to taking on the freeloaders. Curtis said that there was a thousand people crammed in the rear of the train in the beginning. Who knows how many people were left outside it back then. Opening the doors to freeloaders was probably seen as less risky than shutting them out and facing a who-knows-how-large a mob of angry people desperate to not die. Plus it’s always good to have a few extra bodies around to freshen up the gene pool now and then. And like they said in the movie, the automatic machinery doesn’t last forever and would obviously need manual replacement. No way in hell would the first-classers do it.Malk