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dead-ced-dead

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The Terror - BBC 2's "new" horror show
« on: March 13, 2021, 09:48:15 AM »
Has anyone been watching The Terror on BBC 2 or the Iplayer? It came out on AMC in the USA in 2018 but has only just come out here in the UK.

It's pretty wonderful. It's both critical of Victorian vainglory and Empire building and also very sympathetic to the men on the doomed titular ship as it sails through the arctic landscape of Northern Canada as it searches for the Northwest Passage.

It's spooky, bleak and has some wonderful performances. I binged all 10 episodes in 2 days.

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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2021, 09:49:58 AM »
I think we had a thread on this a few years ago - I believe there is at least one follow-up (different story). I loved it.

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« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2021, 10:37:53 AM »
We've been parcelling it out on iPlayer. I read the book years back, and really liked it.

I've been a fan (if that's the right word!) of the Franklin Expedition since I was a young teenager in the 1980s, and there was a big to-do in the news about finding some of the bodies, such as John Torrington, and studying them for lead poisoning. Reading around about the Terror and Erebus was an on/off hobby for a long time, and I was thrilled when both ships were rediscovered, since both times the announcement came on my birthday, albeit a year apart.

We're up to part 6 -- Mr Attila doesn't know the storyline at all, but I do, and think they've done a good job in terms of slowly unspooling the story, the atmosphere, etc (I like isolation horror stories, anyway). Did have some laffs initially imagining that you had yer men Julius Caesar and Brutus as officers and commanders there, but that's because I'm childish and a Roman history lecturer, &c.

I didn't know about the show until a couple of weeks ago; reading up on it was equally surprised to see that there's a sequel. Anyway, if nothing else, it's l ed me back to reading stuff about the expedition again.

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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2021, 12:07:00 PM »
The sequel is not a sequel, they tried to change the show into an anthology one doing something completely different. I've not bothered to watch that though I liked this and the original book.

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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2021, 12:09:43 PM »
Really liked it, haven't bothered with season 2 which as mentioned is something different and didn't get particularly good reviews iirc.

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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2021, 12:39:47 PM »
I loved the bit where Captain James gets bummed by the beast and thrown in the ice hole whilst he was getting burned at the same time...Take that he who wont listen to Richard Harris' Lad!

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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2021, 12:43:40 PM »
Watched ep.1 the other night. Don't know if this is something about the sound recording on modern telly but sometimes it was hard to make out what some of the characters were saying, not because their voices were all muffled or whispery, but almost because they were too clear. Like when the levels get maxed up on pop records these days (I say 'these days' - for the past 15 years or so)

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2021, 12:47:20 PM »
As others have said, the original series is excellent - it's a horror, but one on many different layers (the slightly naff monster grows increasingly irrelevant as the plot progresses), concentrating on the way people are affected by isolation, hierarchy, social expectation and boredom, with excellent production and performances.

I watched the first 2-3 episodes of the second series, which was completely unrelated and concentrated on Japanese Americans during the Second World War. It wasn't very good. The theme might have been interesting but the characters and dialogue were clunky and it went totally overboard on the exposition: it managed to show, tell and repeat for the benefit of those who don't want any ambiguity at all.

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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2021, 12:48:03 PM »
I watched it all on my flight back home for Christmas from China 2018, probably the best flight entertainment I've ever experienced. I also haven't watched the second series, but the first was excellent, I loved the ending and just a really solid cast.

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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2021, 01:20:45 PM »
I didn't really grasp what the final shot was meant to represent.

Fr.Bigley

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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2021, 01:28:00 PM »
Waiting for a seal to breach it's head through the ice. Feed his family, innit.

dead-ced-dead

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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2021, 02:21:46 PM »
I didn't really grasp what the final shot was meant to represent.

I think it’s meant to show that Crozier is now fully integrated into the Inuit camp. Having found some calm and a sense of place.

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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2021, 03:24:58 PM »
Really glad this is finally making it to a wider audience, one of the best series I'd watched in years when it came out.

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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2021, 11:36:57 AM »
Thanks for the recommendation, really enjoying the atmosphere of this. Either there's something up with the sound of my TV  or maybe it's just the tight dialogue at times but I've stuck on subtitles to keep up only to find they're out of sync (ahead) of the sound.

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« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2021, 02:19:04 PM »
Thanks for the explanations about that end shot. I thought he had popped his clogs on the ice and was frozen solid.

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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2021, 04:17:49 PM »
Thanks for the explanations about that end shot. I thought he had popped his clogs on the ice and was frozen solid.

He is waiting for seals.

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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2021, 05:04:53 PM »
Fuck my hat

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« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2021, 02:57:03 PM »
I found the image of John Torringtons single leg dressed up for burial in the coffin very Jam like in its absurdity. The death of Goodsir was magnificent though, somehow managing to meld Carravagio and Kubrick.

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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2021, 03:01:10 PM »
Still slowly wending our way through this -- if it were me alone, I'd've torn through it by now, really enjoying it. Had a giggle at seeing whatsisfuss dressed up like a Roman soldier at the ice carnival thing.

Ta for the explanation about the 'sequel' -- I was baffled initially when reading the episode summaries. I don't see myself chasing that one up.

It's all prompted me to revisit reading about the two ships and the expedition again; I've even gone and bought Michael Palin's book.

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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2021, 04:02:42 PM »
Just as I was starting to accept the horror of cannibalism we get to see the madness that Crozier discovered with Edward's necklaced face

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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2021, 04:09:43 PM »
Finished this the other night - enjoyed it a great deal. Although we've been cat-sitting in a neighbour's house and she's got a massive HD telly, and the shots of the lads on the ice look very artificial in super high definition. Everything looks like a set. Watching on our slightly shitter telly at home it wasn't so distracting.

Just as I was starting to accept the horror of cannibalism we get to see the madness that Crozier discovered with Edward's necklaced face

Yeah that was striking. I liked how in general it left a lot unexplained - did someone do that to Edward, had they all just gone completely crackers from the lead?

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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2021, 06:26:55 PM »
I agree the ambiguity made it more compelling. As I said I watched it on a plane, so didn't notice the effects too much.

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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2021, 07:58:08 PM »
We just watched the first episode. I thought the effects looked seamless. The thing that really distracted me was that the doctor is also the meek bloke on Motherland and plays both roles the same way.

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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2021, 08:26:42 AM »
But he also took that bloke's eye out with a spoon in Utopia.

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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2021, 11:05:45 AM »
This series is creeping my mind out.

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« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2021, 04:08:57 PM »
Finished it over the weekend. I do have some misgivings about the monster and fictionalising real events so heavily. It reminds me a bit of the Danny Boyle film Sunshine, in that the environment is hostile enough to make the secondary menace unnecessary. I loved it overall though. Really gripping stuff.

The entire cast were excellent, but there were some obvious standouts: Jared Harris morphing into his own dad as Crozier. Despite my Motherland pisstaking, Paul Ready was a good Goodsir - gentle, but not a pushover. Adam Nagaitis was excellently creepy with his constant smirk - too obviously slimy to get away with much under normal circumstances, but perfectly placed to take advantage of a crisis.

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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2021, 07:01:15 PM »
Really enjoyed this but am at best indifferent about the monster. Excellent portrayals all round. Also got really into the aesthetics of late Georgian/early Victorian naval gear too. Hats in particular.

Reminded me of watching a BBC thing a few years ago where some scientist men tried to drag a boat along the route the crew would have taken and it nearly killed them instantly. Amazing how far the last of the crew actually got.
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« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2021, 07:29:01 PM »
Also got really into the aesthetics of late Georgian/early Victorian naval gear too. Hats in particular.
That's a thing actually: Their clothes were blatantly inadequate for the cold (which was true of the real expedition, apparently) but it rarely seemed to be an issue. They were even going around without coats and jumpers in the last couple of episodes, like a bunch of geordies.

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