The crew of a Royal Naval polar explorer ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror venture into uncharted territory seeking for the Arctic’s treacherous Northwest Passage. The ships are soon stuck, frozen and isolated; and they must survive the harsh weather conditions, each other and a monstrous predator.
John Franklin, who commands the Erebus, is a likable man but clearly ill-equipped to lead an expedition this complex and important. Franklin got the job because of his social class and connections, not his merit.
Francis Crozier, captain of the Terror, is a superior seaman, but depressed and distant, at times as frigid as the water around them. He lacks people skills and is also Irish, a strike against him in a Navy weighted toward Englishmen.
Third in the chain of command is James Fitzjames, a vain twit who recounts the same handful of war stories at officers’ dinners so often that his colleagues could recite them in their sleep.
The series is based on a best-selling 2007 novel by Dan Simmons.
Mondays on AMC.