The second series of The Terror continues in its uneven manner, with government-ordered oppression in the foreground and a supernatural mystery lurking in the background.

Title: All the Demons are Still in Hell

Cast and Crew

Directed by Josef Kubota Wladyka
Written by Tony Tost

Derek Mio as Chester Nakayama
Kiki Sukezane as Yuko Tanabe
George Takei as Nobuhiro Yamato
Cristina Rodlo as Luz Ojedo
Shingo Usami as Henry Nakayama
Naoko Mori as Asako Nakayama
Miki Ishikawa as Amy
Hira Ambrosino as Fumi Yoshida
Eiji Inoue as Hideo Furuya
James Saito as Wilson Yoshida
Reilly Dolman as Marlon Harris
Lee Shorten as Walt Yoshida
Alex Shimizu as Toshiro Furuya
Geoff Gustafson as Professor
Chad Rook as Dale Skaggs
Kai Bradbury as Nick Okada
Camille Martinez as Miss Antoinette
Grace Lee Omae as Alice
Mayumi Yoshida as Shiori
Deni DeLory as Layla D. Katz
Mathew Bittroff as MP Francis
Glenn Ennis as Burly Man
Adam Lolacher as FBI Agent

Premise

The internment of Japanese-Americans after the attack on Pearl Harbor proceeds, and several of those in internment camps become aware of mysterious agents, both natural and supernatural. Chester tries to convince himself he can still function according to the rules of the citizenship that he holds. Luz joins the Japanese at the internment camp.

Chester tries to find the woman he encountered in the first episode, only to be told she doesn’t exist.

Elsewhere, immigrant men challenge their new, suspicious associate.

High Points

The opening sequence, repeated later, proves chilling in the low-key way that so often pervaded the first season, and it captures the basic inhumanity of what is occurring without being crude or overt. The writer and director understand the tone of the show; they just can’t manage it consistently.

The separation of parents from children because of fear looks as disturbing as it should.

Low Point

Whereas the first season worked with the gradual pacing, Infamy takes us to too many places with too many characters and too little time to get to know them. We meet a character this week who serves a specific purpose, and ram through a character arc that would be more affecting if we knew the first thing about him. Of course, he may escape danger, but why put him in danger when we don’t really care about him?

The Scores:

Originality: 2/6

Effects: 6/6 It wouldn’t be The Terror without a brilliant, atmospheric piece of created landscape, and this episode delivers one.

Acting: 5/6 George Takei gives an impressive, understated performance. The cast is strong, but not as strong as the previous season’s, and they’re often forced to work with stilted dialogue.

Story: 4/6

Production: 6/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Overall: 4/6

In total, The Terror: Infamy, All the Demons Are Still in Hell, receives 32/42

Note

Reviews will likely combine episodes from this point forward, and therefore, we won’t have a review every week.