The Terror, AMC’s most recent addition to its horror/drama portfolio, was a hard pill for me to swallow at first. My ears initially had to wrap themselves around the 19th century inflections and language being used, and pardon me, but slavery gave me some reservations about historical white men in general. However, after a little time -- and a concern-abating Google sesh (slavery was abolished in England in 1838; this series takes place several years later) -- my ears finally adjusted, allowing me to see beyond the icy white surface of this Ridley Scott-produced period piece and into it’s frozen, survivalist soul. With virtually everything around the crew of the HMS Terror trying to kill them -- including a mysterious snow monster -- this show asks a penetrating question: What is the true terror: the monster, the tundra or the crew itself?
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