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.