“A Mercy” Episode on, “The Terror”

When the going gets tough, it’s time to throw a party as a counter to the growing anger, despair, and psychosis growing among the crews of Erebus and Terror, as we are shown in Episode 6 of the series. The party is a wild one, thrown in an enormous tent rigged by the seamen, complete with drinking, hot tub bathing, and men wearing dresses, ahem!  There are seamen wearing animal head masks…yes, 19th century furries!   Rum is even being fed to the brain-dead crewman Private Heather, his skull torn open in an earlier Tuunbaq attack.

Unfortunately, one of their own, Dr. Stanley, has quietly gone mad, and he seals off the tent before dousing it and himself with oil, and igniting both.  Stanley’s arms-spread self-immolation is evocative of a scene from The Thing from Another World, and is perhaps the most horrible thing in the episode, rivaled only by Lady Silence‘s staggering bloody entrance, her tongue self-removed in an attempt to forge a shamanistic bond with the Tuunbaq.  We do see the creature briefly, his face a disquieting mix of ursine and human features.

With their food supply starting to run low and the canned food producing recognized symptoms of lead poisoning, expedition leadership now plans to abandon both their mission and their vessels in a risky trek on foot hundreds of miles south to civilization. The ill-fated party was an effort to boost morale prior to food rationing, climatic suffering, and the further predations of their Tuunbaq adversary, although clearly it had the reverse effect, adding also to the mounting body count.  

With only four episodes left to run, we unlike the poor devils in the Royal Navy know that this will end badly, because as Captain Crozier observed, “The place wants us dead…”

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4 Comments on ““A Mercy” Episode on, “The Terror””

  1. carycomic Says:

    One wonders who the Aspenberger Dentist will visit first? Lady Silence; or the ever-decreasing remnants of the expedition?


    • vulpesffb Says:

      With their gumlines turning black from lead poisoning , I think the dentist would have a full practice with the crews. Then Russell Crowe could appear, and give the Tuunbaq a sound thrashing In singular combat!

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  2. carycomic Says:

    “My name is Foximus Decimus Meridias. General of the Northern Armies; commander of the Felix Legions; loyal servant to the _true_ Emperor, Marcus Aurelius; father to a murdered son; husband to a murdered wife; and I will have my vengeance. In this life…or the next!”

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      Russell Crowe also did “Master and Commander,” a lesser-known gem about an early 19th century English sailing vessel. He defeated the French in that movie, so he might be able to render Erebus and Terror some aide against the Tuunbaq…

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