AMC’s new present The Terror presents a fictional retelling of the doomed Franklin expedition, which set off for the Arctic in 1845 and by no means returned. Horror writer Grady Hendrix loved the present’s tackle real-life characters like John Franklin and Francis Crozier.
“This fits into my favorite genre out there,” Hendrix says in Episode 314 of the Geek’s Information to the Galaxy podcast, “which is good people trying to survive in a really horrible situation that is a crucible for their character.”
The present, primarily based on a preferred novel by Dan Simmons, imagines that Franklin’s males had been hunted by a bear-like monster referred to as the Tuunbaq. Fantasy writer Erin Lindsey says that mix of actual historical past and supernatural horror works extraordinarily nicely.
“I’m a big fan of historical fiction,” she says, “and I’m especially a big fan of historical fiction with a sprinkling of the supernatural. So this really hit the sweet spot for me.”
Geek’s Information to the Galaxy host David Barr Kirtley was significantly impressed by the present’s richly drawn characters. “It’s just such an accomplishment that we’re able to talk so much about the characters and their arcs in a story about a demon bear killing them off one by one,” he says. “Because I feel like so many treatments of this story, the characters would all be just disposable, one-dimensional cyphers.”
Science fiction writer Sam J. Miller hopes to see extra reveals like The Terror that inform a whole story over the course of a handful of episodes.
“These limited series have the sweep and scope and—often—budget of cinema, and that really enables you to tell amazing stories and explore amazing characters, with awesome visuals and really great writing,” he says.
Take heed to the entire interview with Grady Hendrix, Erin Lindsey, and Sam J. Miller in Episode 314 of Geek’s Information to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue under.
Sam J. Miller on homosexual villains:
“I truly am not anti-gay villain. Coming of age as a queer individual, the one illustration I’d see can be like Dr. Frankenstein or Ursula the ocean witch, or any variety of superb queer villains, so I can get down with that. I learn [Hickey] as a homosexual man, not simply somebody who was having homosexual intercourse as a result of that’s the one solution to have intercourse while you’re with all dudes, so I sort of favored that you might have a personality that flawed and that complicated, and in addition homosexual. Nevertheless it additionally feeds into problematic narratives, and there are additionally ranges on which I completely see a critique of that, and there’s undoubtedly one thing to be stated for not going that route.”
Erin Lindsey on subtlety:
“In listening to this podcast, it sounds just like the makers of the present thought it was actually apparent in that scene the place [Lady Silence] gives her tongue to the Tuunbaq, that it rejects her. … And that’s certainly one of many cases the place I felt that they underplayed their hand a little bit bit. And I say this as any individual who, typically talking, after I’m having editorial discussions with my agent or editor or whoever, they’re those who’re telling me, ‘It’s too delicate, you want to play it up,’ and I at all times complain about beating individuals over the top with issues. However even coming from that default place, I discovered plenty of these things was understated, too delicate, and wanted to be a little bit extra specific.”
Erin Lindsey on survival horror:
“When survival horror works finest, it’s a research of how civilization and morals both break down or no less than come to gentle, or are proven of their most primordial states, below these sorts of survival pressures. And you might not begin with a extra regimented, hierarchical, orderly setting—the very definition of order—than a British naval ship in 1845. So that you begin out the place the Rubik’s Dice is tight, the whole lot is completely regimented, and slowly below this inexorable glacier that’s the Arctic grinding them to mud, you see their true selves emerge, and the way every of them copes with that. And I feel the present did that very nicely.”
Grady Hendrix on historical past:
“In the show they make a big deal that the cut-rate supplier supplies all these cans where the lead solder has run into the food and contaminated it, and they’re all getting lead poisoning and going loopy. But most researchers now think that the high rates of lead in the bodies—in the remains they found—were pretty much because that was just the high rate of lead in the environment back in the day, and they felt like there was no way the amount of lead that was from those cans—that was leeching into the food—was in high enough quantities or concentrations, even in three years, to have had any kind of massive effect on people’s health.”