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On the Season Finale of THE TERROR: INFAMY

I ended up liking it more than the first season of the show, a show which by all rights should never have had a second season since it was based on a book and the storyline from that book was completed. But if future installments of THE TERROR as an anthology piece can maintain the quality established by this just-completed season, I’m okay with it. I would even go so far as to say that I enjoyed THE TERROR: INFAMY more than I’ve enjoyed several seasons of AMERICAN HORROR STORY. There’s more depth to the former than with any of the latter.

The story of a vengeful but ultimately pitiable ghost and family dysfunction had as its backdrop and its subtext the unjust and unconstitutional imprisonment of Japanese-Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Watching the closing credits of the final episode and seeing the family members of the cast and crew who were imprisoned in those camps, and of some of the actors when they were children who were imprisoned—including George Takei—added a punch of poignancy to the season and underscored the lesson we ought to have learned, but didn’t, from that time. It’s heady stuff. We need more of it in the world of Horror.

TheCheezman • October 16, 2019

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