A Satisfying Conclusion To A Tumultuous Second Season
The biggest problem with The Terror this season has been an overwhelming feeling of missed opportunities. With a unique premise and an interesting opening, The Terror peaked its narrative around the midway point of the season and since then, has felt like running on empty until this finale, which admittedly does a great job closing out all the loose plot threads.
We begin with Yamato-San wandering a lonely path until he comes across an old friend. As he speaks to him and looks upon the long line of family members behind that have deceased, Yamato-San bolts upright and awakens as the 4th July celebrations get underway outside. As people take to the streets and fireworks explode overhead, they celebrate the bombing of Hiroshima.
Meanwhile the possessed Luz continues to walk down the street alone while Chester and the others head back to the house to regroup and decide what to do next. Chester heads back out to the road alone, where he catches up with Luz and manages to snap her out of her trance. Unfortunately when he does, Yuko and the baby are nowhere in sight. The real Yuko happens to have possessed a young child in a car nearby and after making her way back into her old body, Chester continues to get closer to finding them.
Eventually he catches up with Yuko and pleads with her to release his son and take him instead. Rejecting his plea, Henry arrives and shoots Yuko. Clutching her stomach, Yuko contorts her way toward the baby while both Chester and Henry try in vain to conjure up powerful magic to thwart her. Just as things look set to take a turn for the worst, Asako arrives and stabs Yuko repeatedly while Luz grabs her baby.
Chester throws himself at Asako and tells her to stop stabbing the Yurei; it’s no good, the restless spirit will not stop. Instead, Luz uses an old picture of Yuko to send her spirit to the perfect afterlife. Chester and her both drink from the cups before holding hands and allowing the world to crumble apart and pave way for her happy reality. It seems to work too, and as Chester awakens he sees from the photo that Yuko has completely gone.
After a touching moment with Henry, we cut forward to his funeral as Chester and Luz tend to their baby – alive and well. It turns out they called him Henry; a touching tribute to his Father’s name.
We then cut forward to 1950 in Los Angeles. The Japanese have all moved on from their nightmarish ordeal with the Yurei and Chester now has his own photo shop with a growing family. As the episode closes out, the Japanese pay tribute to the ones they’ve lost with a touching narrative about remembering and honouring loved ones.
As a closing episode, The Terror does well to close out all the plot threads, with a cheeky “Oh my” for George Takei thrown in at the end for good measure. The tribute to the Japanese during the final credits is a great touch too but these shining moments have felt frustratingly light and sporadic in a season mired with problems.
I loved the first season of The Terror, so much so that it made my top 10 of the year for 2018 but this year, the second season has squandered its potential with 10 episodes that have felt like a sporadic blend of hot and cold. Despite all this, the idea of the Yurei and the moments at the camp early on are certainly worth remembering and the finale does do a good job closing out all the plot threads while bringing everything together in a satisfying manner. For that alone, The Terror is worth sticking it out for the finale, which does end things on a much-welcome high. It’s not perfect, and it may pale in comparison to the first season, but credit where credit’s due – The Terror closes things out in the best way possible here.