The Terror (AMC TV Series) – Season 1 [REVIEW]

Amazon TV Series The Terror

AMC’s latest TV series The Terror ventures into the true story of 1840s British expedition into the Arctic to discover a passage to Asia which later turns into an horrible episode in the history. An unchartered territory, uncertainty and cruelty of nature, and the fight for survival is the basic plot of the series.

Based on the 2007 best-selling novel of the same name by Dan Simmons, the ten-episode series is yet to be aired fully and those with Amazon Video/Prime account can access only few episodes. We will notify and provide you more information as those are available. Please check some of the basic details from the episodes already available on Amazon Prime.

Watch the Trailer – The Terror (AMC Series)

Episode 1: Go for Broke

An accident at sea cripples a Royal Navy expedition 200 miles from finding the Northwest Passage, forcing its captains to make a dire choice.

In the premier episode, we see the 1845 Royal Navy – with two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror – is set for an expedition 200 miles away from finding the Northwest Passage that goes awry. As they cut into the blanket of ice, also attacked by some unknown threat, things go horribly wrong that forces the commander of the expedition to make difficult choices.

While the morbid landscape throws different challenges keeping the ships stranded on ice, a man dying with some mysterious disease further makes the matter worse. We get some kind of sense that in the coming episodes we might get to see some mysterious elements or probably some ancient monstrous creature.

As two men died in two different circumstances – The Terror promises interesting things in the upcoming episodes, although we are still not sure whether there is any actual monster or not. The first episode indeed sets the tone right with enough suspense and thrill.

Episode 2: Gore

After a long winter trapped in the ice, scouting parties are sent out in search of open water. One of the teams makes a frightening discovery.

The title of the second episode certainly gives us some kind of hint what’s supposed to happen as the explorer tries to find a way out of the treacherous cold. While I must say it adds up to the thrill already generated in the first episode, the series is yet to reveal anything concrete, however has enough to drive our imagination. We still can sense the supernatural elements to Dan Simmons’ story, as it moves swiftly.

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This episode continues to follow the ordeal of the ships and its crew, eight months after the expedition was started. As summer comes, the captain of the ship sends a scouting party in search of land and signs of human civilization, but only to be returned haunted by some mysterious creature.

With the return of the scouting group with an Arctic indigenous man, who was wounded by the explorer group, and later died promises more horror to follow. To this point, The Terror looks impressive with an incredible cast and spectacular cinematography.

Overall, the series has so far been very successfully trying to build up the story as well as instilling the required amount of horror, thrill, fretfulness and suspense. Contrary to what we have been continuously watching in other horror series and films, The Terror is very well utilizing the uncertainty of the nature and what it can do to human.

Episode 3: The Ladder

With something now stalking the ships, the captains debate their options, testing their loyalty to one another against their duty to their crews.

The highlight of the episode is the argument between Captain Francis Crozier and Captain Sir John Franklin as the former wanted permission to send a sledge party out to south for rescue, but the commander denied citing the already loss of men.

Until now we see Sir John as a decent human being who cares about his crew members but this very moment he preferred not to listen to Francis’ suggestion. Sir John thought that Francis is intentionally trying to instruct him of captain’s duties. He now seemed to be an arrogant man by calling Francis as “the worst kind of second .. who can never be able to command the ship.”

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Nevertheless, the episode suddenly takes the thrilling turn in the end by eliminating one of its main characters – Sir John. That’s kind of bold but that suggests the high uncertainty, ensuring more action in the episodes to come. The fact that anything is possible makes The Terror very interesting.

The ill-fated state of The Terror is certainly somewhat driven by Franklin’s idea of everything will be good and his ignorance to suggestions from the second in command, led by his personal grudges. Nevertheless, the volatility of different characters and the possibilities of horror has now evenly poised the series. 

By the way, the suspense is still there – whether it’s only a polar bear or something else more powerful. In the middle of all this, we have a got some sense that now, everyone is worried about their safety and they are certainly willing to do anything possible in order to survive in this treacherous land.

Episode 4: Punished, as a Boy

A cunning attack on the ships proves the men are not battling an ordinary bear and that the region’s Inuit culture may hold a key to their survival.


Starring: Adam Nagaitis, Sebastian Armesto, Jared Harris

Genres: Historical, Drama

Studio: AMC Studios

Developed by: David Kajganich

Directed by: Edward Berger

Executive Producer: Ridley Scott

Supporting actors: Tobias Menzies, Paul Ready, Ian Hart, Liam Garrigan, Michael McNulty, Chris Corrigan, Roderick Hill, Charles Edwards, David Walmsley, Daniel Oldroyd, Guy Faulkner, Charlie Kelly, Scott A. Young, Trystan Gravelle, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Christos Lawton, Ronan Raftery, John Lynch, Edward Ashley, Declan Hannigan, Stephen Thompson, Kevin Guthrie, Mike Kelly, Aaron Jeffcoate, Nive Nielsen, Alistair Petrie

 Page Last Updated: 07-04-2018 

This post is written, edited and published by the Cinecelluloid staff.

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