WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! (Non-Spoilers afterward)
Tonight was the season finale of the first and possibly last season of AMC’s series, The Terror. The show followed the fictionalized account of the doomed Franklin Expedition based on the novel of the same name written by Dan Simmons, where the stranded English crew must face an unknown mythical beast in the arctic wasteland as well as each other.
The series follows Captain Crozier (Jared Harris) who struggles with the freezing elements along with his inner demons (alcoholism). After the death of Captain Franklin (Ciarán Hinds), Crozier is now forced to lead the remaining men while at the same time coming to terms that the ships he and his fellow officers and what remains of the crew have to leave the shelter of their stuck ships and move across land.
The danger is not only the cold, starvation or even the beast itself, it’s one crew members named Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis) who right from the first episode you don’t know really how to feel about but you know something is not right. As the crew travels overland, Hickey’s true nature is revealed as he wants to be in charge and later admitting he’s not really a sailor.
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Finals Thoughts on the show…WOW! I loved it! The atmospheres of the setting, so wide open but yet claustrophobic. Veteran actors of English/Irish stage and screen gave a masterful work with breakout performances by Adam Nagaitis, Paul Ready, and Nive Nielsen for her role of Lady Silence, living up to the character’s name her actions and expressions spoke volumes.
The special effects used for the creature were decent, compared to other popular AMC shows that have a massive budget but use cheap effects and what appears to be rented props *cough!* The Walking Dead *cough!*
As sad as I am to see a good nautical story sail off into the sunset, I’m happy I was allowed to join it on its voyage for a short time, with my own stories from the adventure to tell. It’s safe to say when the show comes to DVD, I’ll be in line to get my own copy and relive this tale of survival and sacrifice.