The Terror: Infamy (S02E01) “A Sparrow in a Swallow’s Nest”

Well…..it finally happened. “The Terror: Infamy” finally premiered last night. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But DAMN. I was (am) beyond impressed.

A new terror begins

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The cast, pictured above, is by itself wonderful. As for the story, we jump right in with a suicide. A slow, painful one. Then the funeral, where there’s an accident with the body falling out of the coffin. Awkward, to say the least. I’m not going to say much more about that angle, because a lone word could be a spoiler. Instead, let’s touch on what Infamy is about and talk the cast.

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Infamy is about Japanese spirt beliefs.  As it’s well known, the Japanese hold great respect for those who have gone before. It’s a tale that spans WW2, after the attack on Peral Harbor. Chester, played perfectly by Derek Mio (his first leading man role, btw). Chester wants to be a photographer, he’s not at all into becoming a humble fisher, like his father and friends.

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When his friends wind up at the bar/whorehouse for a bachelor party, Chester’s buds follow the ladies upstairs. Chester, having a girlfriend, is a good boy, only getting his fortune told. That is both a blessing and a curse. He is told he’s a sparrow in a swallows nest, a soul who is conflicted, torn between worlds. But is he? Stay tuned to find out.

unweaving the story

One of the cast members has had everyone excited to see him back  in a dramatic role. The wonderfully talented George Takei. As with the whole cast, Mr. Takei brings with him his own Japanese history. He is wonderful to watch and we need more of him.

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The writers for Infamy are simply brilliant. Everything….the cast, the locations, the music…everything matters, and it’s all set up perfectly. You do have to do some reading. Maybe more than some, but it’s not tedious, like with some shows. We are put in the Japanese world of spirits, both good and evil. It’s up to us, as viewers, to follow the breadcrumbs. We do that willingly, and beg for more. Now, I love Asian horror movies, so I was silently holding my breath, hoping this wasn’t going to be just another ghost story. I was so happy when I saw this long awaited premiere.

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It’s so easy to lose yourself in this show. For us, we whine when the hour is done, then count the days til the next Monday. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve truly loved a show. I truly love Infamy. When the worlds align, you get the perfect cast, crew, music, and story. That is what  “The Terror: Infamy” is. What else can I tell you?  This show also gives us a history lesson….WW2, Japanese spirit beliefs, and the way America treated the Japanese.

Join me, every Monday at 9pm, on AMC. I’ll be live tweeting the show, gathering an Infamy Army.