Erfolg in Serie: The Terror (2018 - 2019)


19:30 Uhr

Kino achteinhalb, Nauwieserst. 19, 66111 Saarbrücken

Creators: David Kajganich, Max Borenstein and Alexander Woo

In May 1845, an expedition under the command of Captain Sir John Franklin, consisting of 134 men aboard two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, set sail from England. Its objective: to find the Northwest Passage through the Arctic. By October 1846, the ships were trapped in the ice. By May 1848, Franklin himself was dead and Erebus and Terror had been abandoned by their crews. And by 1852, both vessels and the men that had sailed upon them had vanished. In the following years, the remains of several of the sailors were found, but it was not until 2014 and 2016 that the wrecks of the ships were located. What happened to the expedition remains largely unknown and has been a subject of speculation. In 2018, the critically acclaimed first season of the American television series The Terror, developed by screenwriter David Kajganich and based on a 2007 novel by Dan Simmons, offered a fictional account of the expedition’s fate. Starring Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Adam Nagaitis, and Nive Nielsen, The Terror combines classic horror and adventure tropes into the chilling, often literal dissection of the Franklin expedition as Western civilization in a nutshell – or two nutshells, as it were: a civilization that stops at nothing to indulge its imperialist ideology, seeks to defy the forces of nature even in the face of certain doom, and finally turns on itself when there is nothing else left to devour.

Referent: Marc-Oliver Frisch, M.A., is a freelance critic and translator and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of North American Literature at Universität des Saarlandes.


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