The Terror (TV series)
by Dan Simmons
|Developed by||David Kajganich|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
Island of Pag, Croatia
|Running time||42–56 minutes|
|Original release||March 25, 2018– present|
The Terror is an American horror drama anthology television series that premiered on AMC on March 25, 2018. The series is named after Dan Simmons' 2007 best-selling novel, a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin's lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845–1848, which serves as the basis for the series' first season. On June 22, 2018, it was announced that AMC had renewed the series for a ten-episode second season set to premiere in 2019.
The series begins with the Royal Navy's polar explorer ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror having recently left Beechey Island, heading south toward King William Island into uncharted territory, seeking the Northwest Passage. The ships are soon stuck, frozen and isolated, and those aboard must survive the harsh weather conditions and each other, while being stalked by an elusive menace.
- Jared Harris as Captain Francis Crozier
- Tobias Menzies as Commander James Fitzjames
- Paul Ready as Dr. Harry Goodsir
- Adam Nagaitis as Cornelius Hickey
- Ian Hart as Thomas Blanky
- Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence
- Ciarán Hinds as Captain Sir John Franklin
- Trystan Gravelle as Henry Collins
- Alfie Kingsnorth as David Young
- Ian Pirie as a translator
- Alistair Petrie as Dr. Stephan S. Stanley
- Richard Sutton as Sir James Clark Ross
- David Walmsley as Sgt. Solomon Tozer
- Johnny Issaluk as a Netsilik hunter
- Tom Weston-Jones as Lt. Graham Gore
- Joe Hurst as Thomas Evans
- Jack Colgrave Hirst as Tom Hartnell
- Freddie Greaves as William Strong
- Mikey Collins as Robert Golding
- Liam Garrigan as Thomas Jopson
- Stephen Thompson as Magnus Manson
- Charles Edwards as Dr. Alexander McDonald
- Sebastian Armesto as Charles Des Voeux
- Christos Lawton as Lt. George Hodgson
- James Laurenson as Sir John Barrow
- Matthew McNulty as Lt. Edward Little
- Ronan Raftery as Lt. John Irving
- Chris Corrigan as John Diggle
- Anthony Flanagan as John Morfin
- Sian Brooke as Sophia Cracroft
- Richard Riddell as Sgt. Daniel Bryant
- Apayata Kotierk as a shaman, Lady Silence's father
- Mike Kelly as John Gregory
- Declan Hannigan as Lt. Henry T. D. Le Visconte
- Kevin Guthrie as Henry Peglar
- Vin Hawke as George Barrow
- Edward Ashley as William Gibson
- John Lynch as John Bridgens
- Owen Good as Charles Best
- Clive Russell as Sir John Ross
- Sam Rintoul as George Chambers
- Guy Faulkner as Samuel Crispe
- Roderick Hill as Pte. William Heather
- Aaron Jeffcoate as Pte. William Pilkington
- Charlie Kelly as Thomas Armitage
- Edmund Short as John Lane
- Gordon Morris as John Weekes
Special guest star
After the success of the show The Walking Dead, the American cable TV network AMC planned to create a horror TV series based on the novel The Terror. In March 2016, it was confirmed that AMC ordered 10 episodes of the show, with an expected premiere date in 2018.
David Kajganich and Soo Hugh serve as co-showrunners, while Kajganich penned the adaptation. Ridley Scott, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, David W. Zucker, and Guymon Casady are executive producers. In September 2016, it was announced that Tobias Menzies was cast as a series lead and the showrunners were seeking an Inuit woman, between the ages of 16–30, to play an unspecified 'major character', most likely Lady Silence.
Most of the scenes on the ice were made with CGI.
Season two of The Terror is co-created by Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo, who will also be the showrunner. The series will return in 2019 with 10 episodes. It will take place on the west coast of the United States during World War II, and according to the press release, "center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific". Derek Mio will play the lead role of Chester Nakayama, a son of Japanese born immigrants who joins the army. Josef Kubota Wladyka will direct the first episode of the season.
|No.||Title ||Directed by||Written by||Original air date ||Amazon Video release[a]||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Go for Broke"||Edward Berger||David Kajganich||March 25, 2018[b]||March 26, 2018||3.34|
|In September 1846, Captain Sir John Franklin's Royal Navy expedition aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror are attempting the first crossing of the Northwest Passage, vying to make it through a blanket of ice in the Arctic. But the expedition runs into difficulty when a collision with pack ice damages Erebus′s propeller. Terror′s Captain Francis Crozier, second-in-command of the expedition, becomes concerned about becoming stranded in the ice above the Arctic Circle with slim chance of escape and recommends to Captain Franklin that Franklin shift all the men from Erebus to Terror and steam south aboard Terror to avoid becoming trapped in winter ice, but at the expense of time. Captain Franklin overrules Crozier's concerns and presses the expedition further into the Passage in the belief that the ships can complete the passage before the onset of thick ice. Before the ships can reach open water, however, they become frozen in the ice.|
|2||"Gore"||Edward Berger||Soo Hugh||March 26, 2018||March 27, 2018||1.39|
|In June 1847, eight months after Captain Franklin first steered Erebus and Terror into thick ice, the ships are still stuck. He sends out parties to find leads (open water passages) through the ice. The party that treks east finds nothing, but the party heading to the west travels into dangerous territory and accidentally shoots an Inuit man, mistaking him for a polar bear. As the men scramble to rescue the Inuit man, a massive, unseen creature kills their officer.|
|3||"The Ladder"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Gina Welch||April 2, 2018||April 3, 2018||1.11|
|The surviving men from the expedition to the west return with the wounded Inuit man and his companion, an Inuit woman. The man is a powerful shaman and she is his daughter, and he tells her in their own language that he is dying and that after his death she must control "the Tuunbaq." After the Inuit man dies of his wounds, the British apologize to the woman, who they call "Lady Silence" because she refuses to speak to them, for killing him. The British bury the Inuit man in the sea through a hole in the ice, and Lady Silence sets out alone on foot to return to her people. Captains Franklin and Crozier had once been friends, but in England Franklin had denied Crozier permission to propose marriage to his niece, and Franklin′s refusal to admit that his orders had resulted in the ships becoming trapped causes their relationship to deteriorate further; they angrily debate their crews' future and disagree sharply about Crozier's suggestion that they send out a party on foot to seek help. Franklin joins a group of armed Royal Marines who have set a trap for the creature, but it ambushes the group, killing a marine and Franklin, who drowns after the creature tears off his leg and tosses him into the hole in the ice where the British had buried the Inuit man. Elsewhere, alone in an igloo, Lady Silence hears the creature outside and finds that it has left her a seal carcass to eat.|
|4||"Punished, as a Boy"||Edward Berger||David Kajganich||April 9, 2018||April 3, 2018||1.17|
|By November 1847, as the creature continues to kill members of the British expedition, the crews of Erebus and Terror begin to suspect it to be of supernatural origins. One man, Petty Officer Cornelius Hickey, leads an expedition against Captain Crozier′s orders to abduct Lady Silence, bringing her back to the ships in the belief that she has some kind of connection to the creature and in any event may bring more Inuit back to attack the ships to seek revenge for the death of her father if she is allowed to return to her people. For this insubordination, Crozier subjects Hickey to a severe lashing. Crozier announces to Terror′s crew an opportunity to transfer to Erebus due to Terror's precarious location on a fault in the ice, and all but ten of Terror′s crew depart for Erebus.|
|5||"First Shot a Winner, Lads"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Josh Parkinson||April 16, 2018||April 3, 2018||0.91|
|A ship′s doctor, Henry "Harry" Goodsir, speaks with Lady Silence in an effort to learn her language but has little success learning about the nature of the creature other than its name, the "Tuunbaq." Crozier becomes temperamental as he runs out of liquor and sends men on dangerous missions between the two ships for the sole purpose of stealing more bottles of liquor from Erebus. The Tuunbaq, revealed as a polar bear-like creature with vaguely human facial features, attacks Terror and pursues her ice master, Thomas Blanky, up one of the ship′s masts, mauling his leg so severely that it later requires amputation. The men manage to wound the creature with a cannon and it flees, and Lady Silence escapes during the commotion. Crozier resolves to go sober, delegating command of both ships to Commander James Fitzjames while he suffers through withdrawal.|
|6||"A Mercy"||Sergio Mimica-Gezzan||Vinnie Wilhelm||April 23, 2018||April 10, 2018||0.92|
|January 1848 finds the ships still trapped in the ice. Now in charge of both Terror and Erebus, Fitzjames plans to abandon the ships and lead the men back to civilization on foot. To soften the blow of this news, he organizes a carnival on the ice. Dr. Goodsir discerns that all the tins of food on the ships are giving the men lead poisoning and attempts to warn his senior, Dr. Stanley, who appears to brush the news off. After weeks of withdrawal, Crozier recovers in time to visit Fitzjames's carnival. Crozier begins announcing the plan to leave on foot but is interrupted by a mentally unhinged Dr. Stanley, who takes steps to trap the men in the carnival tent and then sets fire to himself and the tent, killing himself and many other men.|
|7||"Horrible from Supper"||Tim Mielants||Andres Fischer-Centeno||April 30, 2018||April 10, 2018||0.97|
|On April 22, 1848, Crozier gives the order to abandon both ships. The men soon depart on foot, and along the way Crozier discovers that a caravan he had sent ahead of them was massacred only 18 miles (29 km) out. He chooses to keep this information secret from the men, along with the knowledge of the lead poisoning learned from Goodsir. Hickey becomes aware of the bad tins and begins plotting a mutiny, intending to use the scarcity of food to his advantage. On a game hunt, Hickey, Lieutenant Irving, and another man come across a hunting party of friendly Netsilik, who provide Irving with seal meat. Hickey murders Irving and the other man and keeps this newfound food source a secret.|
|8||"Terror Camp Clear"||Tim Mielants||David Kajganich||May 7, 2018||April 10, 2018||0.86|
|Hickey murders the rest of the Netsilik party, and returns to the camp claiming the Netsilik killed Lieutenant Irving and warning of an imminent Inuit attack. A fog rolls in, stoking the men's paranoia about a surprise Netsilik attack until they open the camp′s armory without Crozier's permission. Crozier investigates the corpses of Irving and the Netsiliks, and quickly discerns that Hickey was responsible for their deaths and is planning a mutiny. He sentences Hickey and his accomplice, Sergeant Solomon Tozer, to hang, but the execution is interrupted by a sudden attack by the Tuunbaq, which throws the camp into pandemonium. The Tuunbaq kills many of the men while Hickey and Tozer rally the mutineers, stealing supplies and a sled as they desert the camp and disappear into the fog.|
|9||"The C, the C, the Open C"||Tim Mielants||Soo Hugh||May 14, 2018||April 10, 2018||0.78|
|Hickey and his men set up camp and openly engage in cannibalism. Dr. Goodsir, who is in Hickey's camp against his will, is forced to participate. Captain Crozier and his men are malnourished, and Fitzjames dies along with many others. Meanwhile, Blanky's leg stump becomes gangrenous, and he volunteers to lead the Tuunbaq away from the rest of the camp. In the process, he accidentally stumbles across the Northwest Passage just before the Tuunbaq finds him. Later, Hickey′s men kidnap Captain Crozier in an ambush.|
|10||"We Are Gone"||Tim Mielants||David Kajganich||May 21, 2018||April 10, 2018||0.79|
|Captain Crozier is brought to Hickey's camp. Knowing that Hickey's men will eat him, Dr. Goodsir poisons himself in an attempt to poison the entire group. He informs Crozier of this, advising Crozier that if he is forced to join in the cannibalism, to only eat the soles of Goodsir′s feet. An increasingly unstable Hickey orders the men to drag their supplies up a hill, where he reveals that he is in fact an impostor who murdered the real Cornelius Hickey and assumed his identity as a way of using the expedition to gain transport to the tropical Sandwich islands, where he planned to desert. The Tuunbaq, although injured, arrives on the scene just after this revelation and kills Hickey and his men, but itself dies in the process of ingesting their poisoned bodies, as well as by Crozier choking it by pulling up the chained bodies it had swallowed. Crozier is the only survivor of the Tuunbaq′s attack, and Lady Silence soon arrives and nurses him back to health. While traveling with her, Crozier learns that the rest of his men have died. Following Inuit custom, Lady Silence, whose name is revealed to be Silna, is exiled for having "lost Tuunbaq," a fate she accepts without protest. Crozier adapts to the Inuit way of life. When members of a British search party looking for the Franklin expedition arrive two years later in September 1850, Crozier conceals himself from them and instructs the Inuit leader to tell them that everyone from the expedition is dead, that there is no Northwest Passage, and that they should not return. After eavesdropping on the conversation, Crozier departs to hunt seal.|
The series premiered on AMC in the United States and Canada on March 25, 2018, and concluded on May 21, 2018. It was released worldwide on Amazon Prime Video in every other country where the service is present (except Canada, UK and some Middle Eastern countries) starting March 26, 2018. Amazon released most of the first season ahead of its broadcast on AMC. In the United Kingdom, The Terror premiered on AMC on April 24, 2018.
On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 93% based on 44 reviews, with an average rating of 8.55/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "A thriller wrapped in a prestige drama package, The Terror makes for gripping, atmospheric supernatural horror." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 76 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|1||"Go for Broke"||March 25, 2018||1.3||3.34||0.5||1.03||1.8||4.37|
|2||"Gore"||March 26, 2018||0.4||1.39||0.3||1.12||0.7||2.51|
|3||"The Ladder"||April 2, 2018||0.3||1.11||0.3||1.07||0.6||2.18|
|4||"Punished, as a Boy"||April 9, 2018||0.3||1.17||0.3||1.04||0.6||2.22|
|5||"First Shot a Winner, Lads"||April 16, 2018||0.2||0.91||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|6||"A Mercy"||April 23, 2018||0.2||0.92||0.3||0.86||0.5||1.78|
|7||"Horrible from Supper"||April 30, 2018||0.2||0.97||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|8||"Terror Camp Clear"||May 7, 2018||0.2||0.86||0.2||0.81||0.4||1.67|
|9||"The C, the C, the Open C"||May 14, 2018||0.2||0.78||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10||"We Are Gone"||May 21, 2018||0.2||0.79||0.2||0.75||0.4||1.54|
- Released in every country where the service is present except the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
- This episode was shown as a special preview on March 25, 2018, and then aired its official premiere on March 26, 2018.
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