First Look TV Review: The Terror

The Terror

The Terror tells something so terrifying that no one outside of naval circles speaks of it. In 1845, two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, set sail under the command of Captain Sir John Franklin and his deputies Francis Crozier and James Fitzjames, to try and navigate the Northwest Passage. Except, disaster struck when the ships became stuck in the ice. It is the greatest naval disaster the United Kingdom had ever witnessed. The Terror confirms that the golden age of television is here to stay.

At the premiere last Thursday, we were treated to the first two episodes and, what a treat it was. The Terror is not like anything else currently on television, it feels fresh and intelligent. This is a show that you will need to watch, not flirt with, but actually, engage so that you don’t miss the details or wonderfully nuanced dialogue that betrays the motives of the different characters above and below deck.

At the premiere Jared Harris explained what drew him to the script:

“[I was] sent the first episode and immediately recognised a master storyteller and not familiar [with the story]. It isn’t a reboot, remake or a prequel”.

The Terror

The Terror

Ridley ScottThis is what makes this show refreshing but how does it make it engaging? One word, or possibly two, the writing. A great show is based on good writing, whatever show you are currently watching and enjoying its success is down to the writing. The Terror is and will be no different, the writing and character development is incredible. David Kajganich, creator of the show along with co-showrunner, Soo Hugh have managed to take a story where we know the ending and make it feel fresh and unknown. Also, they have added some mystical elements to give it the dramatic arc and this works wonderfully.

The Terror’s executive producer is Ridley Scott and of course, the production values are incredibly high. At the premiere, we were treated to two episodes and each of them could have been considered mini films in their own right. The cinematography and photography would not be out of place in a big budget film. The ships and attention to detail of how There is an actual terror – a monster but this is not done in that ridiculous way – oh my goodness quick hide there’s a monster – more a subtle, unnerving sensation that the monster and terror isn’t just in the form of a physical manifestation but also something far far worse, in everyone’s minds.

The Terror premieres 24th April at 9 pm on AMC on BT TV.


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