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The Terror – The Cold Within

One of the best TV series from this year is The Terror. Based on the 2007 novel bearing the same name, written by Dan Simmons – the series present the facts of the Great Britain’s Royal Navy’s expedition in the cold and harsh condition while searching for the Northwest Passage.

This Northwest Passage is from the European and northern Atlantic point of view, the sea route to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The eastern route along the Arctic coasts of Norway and Siberia is accordingly called Northeast Passage (NEP).

The various islands of the archipelago are separated from one another and from the Canadian mainland by a series of Arctic waterways collectively known as the Northwest Passages or Northwestern Passages. For centuries, European explorers sought a navigable passage as a possible trade route to Asia. An ice-bound northern route was discovered in 1850 by the Irish explorer Robert McClure; it was through a more southerly opening in an area explored by the Scotsman John Rae in 1854 that Norwegian Roald Amundsen made the first complete passage in 1903–1906.

Two warships – HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, along with the crew lead by Sir John Franklin – the commander of this expedition, get stuck in ice after traversing dangerous waters. The story is based on real facts, in which this fourth and last expedition of Franklin’s – led to the disappearance of him and other 129 men.

The story is set in 1847. The crew just sailed north of King William’s island before encountering colder than usual weather and getting stuck in the icy landscape. And not only the thought of having to get through these dangerous waters will began haunting the men – since soon they will realize other problems start to appear. The canned food seems to be putrid and uneatable – the mental state of the group starts to crack and in the dense fog there are haulings like never heard before. Soon – a creature in the dark starts attacking them. And along with all that – they have problems in finding signs of any civilization or wildlife to be hunted for sustenance.

There are tensionate moments in some of the episodes – leading you to wanting to start the next episode – to get the answers for the questions that continuously arrive. There are signs that the salvation of the crew gets farther and farther from reality.

At some point they decide to start exploring the barren rock that construct the nearby shores. With each step they take – they seal off their fate.

In reality – things seem to have happened the same – vestiges of a violent and cruel fate was discovered in what human remains and artifacts were discovered while searching for the missing ships and crews.

The fictional horror element from this first season will be metamorphosed into another type in the second season which will be released in 2019.

Moving from the mid-1800s, the second season will be set during World War II and will follow an uncanny spectre that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.



Twin Peaks – S01 E01 – Review

With the reboot of the famous TV-show Twin Peaks, I’ve decided to re-watch the original seasons which premiered in 1990 and were very appreciated.

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I recall that I was quite young when I was watching this show with my parents and it appeared to me very intriguing and frightening as well. Loved the soundtrack and I was scared of Bob :))) I was like 4 or 5 back then. And til to this day, Twin Peaks remains one of my favorites.

Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, the show offers a unique story filled with suspense, mystery, psychological elements and crime details. An autumnal atmosphere linked with everyday life pieces takes you into a labyrinth of questions, a puzzle of existence. All the characters are impressive, have their own way of seeing life and dealing with everything that is happening. A wide range of personalities involved in one of the best stories ever told on screen.

[SPOILER ALERT – I recommend that you watch the series

before reading the following statements!]

The first episode begins with Pete Martell going fishing, when he discovers a corpse wrapped in plastic. The calmness and the silence of this town is about to dissipate. Little anyone knew that one particular murder will change everything for almost everyone in Twin Peaks.

Tension. The fear of the unknown. A lack of certainty. All these things start to happen after Sarah Palmer finds out, one morning that her daughter is missing. Nobody seems to know where she is. But sooner or later she realizes that something is wrong. In these moments the human mind starts playing tricks and takes you into that zone where you start imagining the worst. And the worst is happening…35891bd9aed810f5c14910bcb950f1b1

It happens that the body discovered washed ashore is Laura Palmer – know by everyone in this town. From this point on – enigmatic figures and shades of truth start revealing. It is almost as everything that was supposed to be known has a darker shadow attached to it.

After the family is announced of this tragic event – we assist to an induced turbulence in the characters’ lives.

It is unreal to take and comprehend such an information. Someone gone forever… everything he or she could have been in the future days is limited to nothing. We have a scene in which the wind blows hard on some trees reminding us that every possible angle of an existential storm can change its direction into a new value. It is an ephemeral world.

The murder causes distress in the entire community. Relatives, friends and other subjects close to the victim now take part in a grotesque show of ambivalence.

We discover love triangles, people who use different masks to show when a certain situation is depicted, an imbalance in the routine, people who get involved with this case only to escape from being caught with dirty secrets and so on. A very first impressive episode, filled with details and question marks.66923.original-4216

And then agent Dale Cooper arrives, to give the whole situation a new perspective.

From his arrival, Cooper seems attracted to the new environment and begins to love Twin Peaks, with its good and bad parts. A duality is presented about the town – one part shows pleasant people, hard-working citizens,  culture and development, myths and legends, untouched nature – the other shows the darker facts about these people, their capabilities, secrets, intentions, past and so.

One of the characters, James seems to be a suspect. When he talks to Laura’s best friend, Donna – he explains how different a person Laura was in the evening of her last day alive. The weird silence before the thunderstorm.

From this first episode, lots and lots of questions are raised.

[to be continued…]