Set in 1847. A crew of a Royal Naval expedition is sent to find the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage but instead discovers a monstrous predator, a cunning and vicious Gothic horror that stalks the ships in a desperate game of survival, the consequences of which could endanger the region and its native people forever.
IMDb: 8.9 (!!!)
(“Based on true events”. Well, sort of loosely connected … very loosely. Based on reality in so far that the UK is indeed a kingdom and some of the character names are actually to be found in the antarcic and arctic explorer’s almanacs. That’s it.)
… the first two episodes of AMC series The Terror.
We’ve already loved the novel by Dan Simmons and so it was a happy day when we heard about a TV adaptation. Mixed with – of course – a huge portion of scepticism as we know how badly those creative TV and movie assholes mess anything up. Yes, looking at you, Ghost in the Shell and Altered Carbon, you silly things.
But so far we can say AMC did a fine job. At least they’ve captured the atmosphere and characters quite right and respected the source material. So far.
Dan Simmons is easily one of my most fave authors, and of the infamous triumvirat of friends (Steven King, George R.R. Martin, Simmons) he’s easily the best and most interesting writer. I guess I’ve got all his books in my posession … yes, real clunky, heavy hardcopy paper things as there was a time before eBook Readers y’know. And Simmons ain’t a fan of short stories. 🙂
Anyhoo, back to The Terror: A fantastic ensemble of kinda known actors of mostly British prominence gives the whole thing a kinda realistic look and sound. 😉 Jared Harris as Francis Crozier, Tobias Menzies as James Fitzjames, Ciarán Hinds as John Franklin make a classic British drama for us to enjoy.
And what I liked in the book already was how good Simmons had done his research. He has the sailor language down to a T and some of the dramatis personae were actually in Her Majesty’s service at the time, but Simmons just transplanted them from antarctica to the north-west passage on the diametrical other side of the planet. This mix of accuracy and pure fiction and fantasy, that’s some artistic freedom I can live with.
Well, we “binged” the first two episodes and are already addicted and can’t wait for the next one to air. It’s always nice to see such well-made, well acted and well-poduced and directed entertainment on the small screen when the big screen is so disappointing in so many aspects, isn’t it?
Wonder about the high rating of 8.9? Well, don’t. The Terror really is that good!