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Title: The Terror (AMC Series)
Post by: Eternally Learning on August 21, 2019, 02:18:44 AM

I first heard about this show earlier this year and binged the first season pretty quickly.  I really enjoyed it, and from what I've read, it was as historically accurate as a show could be (supernatural elements aside) about a 200 year old mystery we've never fully solved.  Honestly, my only real complaint was that the story was interesting enough and didn't need any kind of horror elements added to it to grab the viewer, but I don't really think it detracted much either.  Well, now they've started releasing the second season which is set during WWII and revolves around the Japanese internment camps with horror elements added as well.  At first, I was a bit unsure of what to think about adding a supernatural monster to the very serious setting they've chosen but when I found out that George Takei, a man who live through the camps and remembers them well, joined the cast and actually consulted on his experiences, I felt a lot better about it.  I know there's know way he would have signed on to a project that trivialized what happened to the Japanese Americans at that time.

So far, two episodes in, I have yet to change my mind.  I'm not sure where the story is going as the camps, while central to the story, are more of a back-drop than the driving force behind the protagonist, but I've enjoyed it very much so far.
Title: Re: The Terror (AMC Series)
Post by: Eternally Learning on September 17, 2019, 05:37:43 AM
Six episodes in and I'm really not sure how I feel about this show.  I don't think they've really done anything to disrespect what Japanese-Americans went through during WWII, but at the same time it feels odd to place the story in this setting and then essentially use it as a backdrop for a horror story.  With this latest episode (don't worry, no spoilers) and some revelations about the story behind the haunting, a reviewer I read made the interesting observation that if one were to view the horror elements as some sort of parable, it would seem to imply that the Japanese were actually at fault for the horrors they endured at the hands of the Americans.  I'm not 100% sure I agree with that assessment but at the same time I'm left feeling like now the show really has nothing to really say about the setting it chose which seems a bit odd considering Takei's involvement and the presentation of the start realities of the camps.

Like I said though, I'm not sure how I feel yet and I guess I'll have to wait for this season to wrap to really make any conclusions, but at this point I'm feeling like this story doesn't really live up to my expectations.  It also doesn't help that the actor portraying the main character is fairly boring and bland.