Review: THE TERROR episodes 1 and 2
I’ve been looking forward to this one, and I’m glad to report that I wasn’t disappointed. The pilot episode–which was really two episodes aired consecutively–was slow, yes. But it’s a deliberate slowness, like bringing water to a boil; or for a better analogy, the way deep cold seeps into the flesh, into the bones. A person doesn’t freeze to death quickly; the cold takes its time eating away at a body. That’s the approach this series has taken so far. Little by little, it gets to you.
Even so, by the second episode, when the monster finally showed up, I was more than ready. (We only got a glimpse; I wonder if we’ll ever get a good look at it. I sure hope so.) I’d felt antsy, knowing it was out there, waiting for it to attack. Again, this deliberateness of pacing is highly effective here. Impending dread, inexorable terror. It feels as if these men and their mission were fated to failure and to death before they ever set sail. It would work as just a survival drama, but it takes on a whole different vibe when you throw in the monster.
Those who haven’t read the book on which the series is based need not feel it necessary to hurriedly read it in order to keep up, insofar as these first episodes are an indication. It’s easy enough to follow along. If one does choose to read it, though, or has already, their enjoyment of the series might be supplemented.
Episodes one and two set the chessboard. All the prominent characters were introduced, including the monster. The pot has been put on to boil. Alternately, the temperature is dropping; the ice is thickening. And the beast has the scent of its prey. This promises to be GOOD.