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First Impressions of AMC’s The Terror: Infamy

Terror: The Infamy

The AMC anthology series, The Terror: Infamy, is less than two weeks away from its 2nd season premiere and fans are buzzing with anticipation, myself included. The series premiered in March 2018 and became an instant hit among viewers for it’s top notch writing, the mix of myth with a true tragedy and the constant climate of anxiety it left audience members in. Season 1, just called The Terror, focused on the story of Captain Franklin and his infamous expedition, where all 129 crew members aboard 2 ships were lost after becoming icebound on their journey to conquer the Northwest Passage.

This upcoming season takes us back to WWII where a series of bizarre deaths plague a Japanese American internment camp. Viewers will be stuck to the edge of their seats as they see main character Chester Nakayama’s life get turned upside down by the government following Hiroshima. We also get to ride alongside him on his new mission to understand the evil that seems to linger around him. This season has an all star cast that includes Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, Cristina Rodlo, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, George Takei, and Miki Ishikawa.

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The series puts a supernatural twist on a real life tragedy, making for some seriously fun scares (i.e. Amityville Horror, etc). A little transparency on my part; I adored the first season of Terror. So much so that my mindset going into season two, I was a bit apprehensive. I wasn’t surprised that the show was getting another season, I just wasn’t sure how they would be able to top the first. But I was wrong. 

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Infamy unapologetically offers viewers an unsettling experience from start to finish. And that’s not hyperbole. Ten minutes into the first episode, I found myself letting out the most god awful gasp. Or two. Which is always a tell tale sign you’re at the start of a good story, amirite?

Terror: Infamy is one of the most binge worthy shows I’ve seen in a long time. Dark and visionary, the upcoming  Ridley Scott-produced anthology series will no doubt cascade audience members in encompassing paranoia. Even in the moments in between the important scenes; in those moments that were meant to move the story along, there is just something off about them. Even those transitional scenes ooze unease. The atmosphere feels heavy. And I mean that in the best possible way.

It essentially checks off everything off my must haves list. It’s anxiety inducing and filled with old world superstitions. Not to mention murder. Oh, and ghosts too. There’s a lot of ghost stuff going on. This series really has it all.

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The cherry on top is the absolutely stellar cast. I have zero complaints in that department. However, if I needed to give anyone extra kudos, it would go leading lady Cristina Rodlo who gave an utterly heartbreaking performance as Luz. No spoilers but…damn, what a tear jerker.

I love this new season. And my heart pounds as the premiere date steadily approaches. I’m so excited to see how viewers react. Though I have a sneaking suspension that they’ll love it. Like, a lot. I know I sure did.

Check out The Terror: Infamy, premiering on AMC on August 12th at 9pm ET/PT. It’s a must watch, folks.

Wicked Rating: 9/10

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Written by Fallon Gannon
A bona fide earthling who finds some comfort in books, movies and coffee. Lots of coffee. Has several bad tattoos and her knowledge of horror movies is probably better than yours but she won't hold it against you; it's proof that she has way too much free time. Currently in limbo but manages to occasionally crawl out of it long enough to write for Geek Girl Authority and Wicked Horror.
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