“Terror Camp Clear” Episode of “The Terror”

With all hell breaking loose both within and without on episode 8 of The Terror, Captain Fitzjames unleashed a rocket on the rampaging Tuunbaq running amok in their camp, hitting the over-sized, long-necked polar bear-like creature a good shot but basically just changing its course.  This was a very cool use of retro technology, and Fitzjames looked good while deploying it, showing courage under extreme duress.  Mid-19th century weaponry just wasn’t up to the job, sadly…

The climatic battle scene followed an episode fueled by paranoia and rebellion in which seaman Hickey almost staged a successful mutiny after blaming his slaughter of two crew mates on an Inuit family who were then killed in reprisal by the Erebus/Terror crews.  Hickey then whipped the camp into a frenzy by rumors that an Inuit counter-attack was imminent, using it as justification to seize arms and distribute them among his followers.  When Hickey’s ruse was discovered and countered, we were fixing to see a hanging when a cocaine-addled crewman Collins posed a distraction, staggering in and closely followed by the Tuunbaq monster, who was either irate that natives had been killed or was uncontrolled by the departure of the shaman-like Lady Silence.

Anyways, Hickey escaped in the confusion of the Tuunbaq’s killing spree together with sympathizers and captives, and in alienating the Inuit population the expedition’s members have lost their best remaining chance of survival. With their bodies becoming covered with loathsome sores from scurvy and lead poisoning, things will continue to go downhill from here in the two episodes remaining of The Terror

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2 Comments on ““Terror Camp Clear” Episode of “The Terror””

  1. carycomic Says:

    Actually, skyrockets were used as offensive weaponry, by the British navy, as early as the 18th century. Which is basically what the term “rocket ship” originally referred to!

    The modern equivalent would be guided missile-launching destroyers.

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    • vulpesffb Says:

      It was very cool to see rockets used, although the Tuunbaq kind of shrugged off the impact! Cannon fire earlier seemed to be more effective, drawing blood and driving off the creature, at least when deployed in time. Stealth and surprise seem to be what gives the Tuunbaq the edge, with musket or shotgun fire relatively ineffective against it.

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