The first season of The Terror is such a web series set in only one place for most of the part, in an isolated place. Though there are some movies or web series that shot most of the scenes in one place, The Terror season 1 is another addition that takes place in a chilling isolated land, specifically in and around the ship. More interestingly Ridley Scott is part of the executive production team for season 1 as well as season 2.
The scene with fire burning a Great portion of the tent is truly horrible. Everywhere is hue and cry which makes the scene more lively. Huge credit goes to the VFX team for making such an amazing scene especially when one of the generals puts fire on him. There are many such scenes that become lively because of the VFX team for season 1 as well as season 2.
The first season of this bizarre piece of horror thriller is based on Dan Simmon’s novel whereas the second season has no connection with it. Released in 2007, The Terror gives us a true historical but much of the portion details a fictionalized adventure of a lost expedition to the Arctic led by Captain John Franklin (Ciaran Hinds) in 1845-48. When they are lost on an isolated icy island, all the crew suffer from starvation and are hunted by a monster.
Showrunners David Kajganich and Soo Hugh dig deeper into the expedition where we see John Franklin’s callous decision to lead the team puts everyone in such a precarious state.
An omniscient person who loves to be credited all the time along with the doctor Harry Goodsir (Paul Ready), second in command of HMS Terror Francis Crozier (Jared Harris), James Fitzjames as the commander of HMS Erebus Tobias Menzies, and Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis) adds many of the interesting moments in the series.
As we proceed at the end of season 1, aside from the brutal killing by the animal, we see another side of brutality caused by humans. Existence becomes a priority for mankind with a motif of establishing the personal authority of Mr. Hickey, though he also gets killed by the monster.
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The first part captures the authenticity of the historical period but fails to maintain the rhythm of suspense. Or maybe it’s because of stretching the series to 10 episodes. But above all, it makes you bored at a certain point in time.
On the other hand, the second season sets in World War II and tells us the story of Japanese-Americans living in an internment camp haunted by a ghost named Yurei, specifically the Nakayama family. Co-creators Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein are on a quest to find out the connection between the ghost and the family.
The sound effects team does a great job to create an environment of horror. Derek Mio as Chestar Nakayama maintains the authenticity of his character.
If I compare both seasons, the latter one doesn’t give you as much excitement or chilling experience as the first one. There’s no such chilling horror element that could shiver audiences, though the suspense remains on the rope. The second season is more of a spirit or ghost series whereas the first one involves an animalistic creature and cannibalism.