The Terror, AMC’s historically-spun horror tale of Arctic exploration gone chillingly wrong, hits slower than its title suggests at first glance, but it still may hook audiences hungry for a 19th-century seafaring screamer.
Adapted from Dan Simmons’ epic 2007 novel of the same name, the miniseries tracks the imagined misfortunes of two Royal Naval bombing ships – the Hms Erebus and Hms Terror – that departed in 1845 on what the British crown hoped to be the most consequential exploration of a generation. They never returned. The expedition’s commander and captain aboard Hms Erebus, Sir John Franklin, attained folk-legend status as a leader who bravely fought a crisis in conditions most would consider uninhabitable.
As told in a brief prologue to the opening hour (“Go for Broke”), The Terror’s central hope is the captain of Hms Terror, Francis Crozier (Jared Harris). A veteran of both Antarctic and Arctic travel,