The Terror: Infamy (2019)


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Real-world and supernatural horrors collide in Infamy, an exceptionally well-crafted ghost story that creeps under the skin and stays there.



Critic Ratings: 43


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User Ratings: 206

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Air date: Aug 12, 2019

In 1941, Chester Nakayama finds himself caught between his insular Japanese American neighborhood on Terminal Island, California, and his current life as an all-American guy. When extreme circumstances push both his community and personal life to the brink, Chester must grapple with what kind of a man he wants to be, all while someone watches closely.

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Air date: Aug 19, 2019

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, the Terminal Islanders are evicted from their homes by the US Army and must find shelter elsewhere. While Henry, separated from his family, faces injustice at the hands of the government, Chester engages in a paranoid search for answers surrounding the mysterious events of the past weeks.

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Air date: Aug 26, 2019

As the Terminal Islanders struggle with adjusting to their new surroundings, Chester searches for a way to provide for his family and for Luz, and to fend off the evil that he feels is following him. Henry reels from the trauma of his imprisonment. Asako tries to deal with bad omens. Amy takes up a new job.

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Air date: Sep 2, 2019

Chester, off in search of a better life, is treated with hostility by his fellow Americans. Luz hopes to be accepted by Henry and Asako in their new home as the Japanese American community celebrates Obon, a festival to commemorate the spirits of those who have died.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2019

The Japanese Americans are forced to undertake a humiliating exercise that divides the community. Chester comes face to face with a man who forces Chester to question his very nature. Luz, stricken by grief after tragedy, is forced to make an important choice.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2019

A story of the past provides insight into the present evil that stalks the Terminal Islanders. Chester returns home to his family, only to find that someone he was searching for is gone. Henry and Asako are faced with a difficult decision.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2019

The Nakayamas have been torn apart, and Chester searches for the person he believes can help, even if it means taking drastic action. A tuberculosis outbreak in the community forces Amy to act, though she's caught between doing what she's told and doing what's right.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2019

Chester and Luz have reached a turning point in their relationship, one that causes an evil force to catch up to them. Amy must take matters into her own hands as she's tormented by a powerful nemesis. Chester meets a boy who gives him answers.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2019

The Terminal Islanders return home to find that things have changed since they left. The Nakayamas, still tense from the pain they've inflicted on one another, must come together to battle the spirit that threatens their future.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2019

As all seems lost, Henry and Asako must look to the past to provide answers to their current turmoil. Chester and Luz grapple with their identities in hopes of saving those who are dearest to them. Amy and Yamato-san struggle to once again assimilate to American life.

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Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful second season of the horror-infused anthology The Terror: Infamy centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese American community, and a young man's journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible. The season chronicles Chester Nakayama and his friends and family from Terminal Island, California, as they face persecution from the American government and battle the evil spirit that threatens their future. The Terror: Infamy tells the often overlooked story of Japanese American internment and asks what it truly means to be an American. From 1942 to 1945, more than 145,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians were forced from their homes and into internment camps by their respective governments, simply because of where they or their ancestors were born. Their story is one of perseverance in the face of injustice.

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Critic Reviews for The Terror Infamy

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (19)

As a historical drama, The Terror: Infamy got a lot right, and as a Japanese American, I was gratified to see this painful era captured in a production anchored by Asian Americans.

Oct 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Infamy's dual sources of terror don't quite cohere into a single story. Part of the problem may lie in the writing and plotting. But the show also seems to offer different things to different viewers.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Infamy also features a wonderfully varied range of responses from the Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans in the camps.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

"Infamy" is thematically rich beyond that, especially in how it navigates the old ways, the new, and the messy realities in which they collide.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Terror" remains a thoughtful story of human nature, more haunting in its honesty than its ghosts.

Aug 12, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Fine second season with solid horror elements, and a particularly engaging - and relevant - message.

Aug 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The Terror: Infamy provides crucial representation, but not across the board.

Mar 8, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

[A] thread emerges about how assimilation can become its own active force in the lives of immigrants and their descendants... The Terror makes this the heart of the hostility surrounding its characters, an atmosphere more unnerving than any ghost.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It's creepy and compelling.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Infamy frequently takes detours toward schlocky scares that detract from its attempts to say something deeper.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a strength of character and a conceptual meatiness to Infamy that belies its occasionally on-the-nose writing and somewhat erratic pacing.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Ultimately, we're just waiting to get to the end now so we can be done with it - and that's disappointing for a show that was so strong in its season.

Aug 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Terror: Infamy

  • Nov 02, 2020
    La primera temporada es buena, sin embargo tuvo mucho relleno, en esta segunda entrega el interés se despierta al estar presente en una supuesta historia real, los espíritus llamados "yurei" en busca de venganza que se han logrado ver en producciones como "La maldición" y "el aro", está temporada mantiene al público entretenido, tiene escenas de terror y suspenso, capítulos que sobresalen más que otros, una excelente ambientación, actuaciones dignas de tan admirable temporada, funciona de principio a fin y es mejor que la primera temporada.
  • Oct 09, 2020
    The show compared to season one is like a 5th grade play. Derek Mio as Chester is atrocious. I've seen wooden cutouts with more emotion. Dialogue is laughable, and what was with that fishing boss in the first couple episodes. What clown cast these people? The season goes off in all different directions and nothing really happens. Takei, doing the cliched Japanese accent is high comedy. A disaster
  • Jun 17, 2020
    The Terror S2 disappointed me because it is not as good as the first season, even though it has some interesting scenes.
  • May 24, 2020
    Before I talk about this series I should talk about what I thought of season 1 really quick I really loved the first season it had great suspense atmosphere acting sets and characters. The best part is you don't even need to see the first season as it's an anthology series and to my knowledge doesn't make a single reference about the first one. This is how you do proper representation and how to have free range to tell a unique story. The story follows a Japanese American family swept up during World War 2 post-Pearl Harbor and are now being forced into internment camps for fear of being spies 🕵🏼‍♂️ for the enemy, but soon find that the guards and the camp might be the least of their worries as there now being stocked by a mysterious spirit with a véndate against the family. The family themselves all do a great job in the rolls like George Decay, Derek Mio, Shingo Usami, Naoko Mori, Miki Ishikawa, and Kiki Sukezane. The side characters on the other hand while not terribly acted were either okay or just overly cartoonishly evil 😈. The look and feel of the series can range from brewery to hopeful and they flow perfectly with each other. The cinematography is great and really pretty to look at also credited to the editors set designers 👨‍🎨 👩‍🎨 and color grading to make it look and feel more authentic to the time period. Although I will say what season 1 dose have over Season two is the atmosphere because 1 one took place in the northern arctic 🥶 in the early 19th century their completely isolated and whatever super nature elements did show up it was like a cherry 🍒 on top of the totally screwed Sundae as they also felt with the cold disease and eventually cannibalism. Overall I highly recommended both series ( season one I'm pretty sure is steaming on Hulu and Infamy has just aired AMC and all ten episodes are on-demand but you wanna wait until it's on streaming to avoid ads that cool too) if you're up for supporting more diverse face and stories in movies and tv with a fresh perspective.
  • May 23, 2020
    A dark, supernatural take on what was already one of many dark times in American history. As a Japanese-American woman, I enjoyed watching the series and seeing so many Japanese-Americans on and off screen. This POV of history is rarely discussed, so I'm happy that the people behind this season were thoughtful and educated enough to produce something that can give a voice to the people who lived through this terribly traumatic experience. I love the idea of utilizing supernatural horror as a device to help further emphasize the terror and injustice the Japanese Americans faced at this time. Throughout the series, the contrast between the supernatural and reality start to become blurred when you realize what's worst, the Yurei coming for you, or the American government. Yuko's heartbreaking story is not only tragic, but reflects the realities of many immigrants (especially females and those who are mothers) who come to America in hopes of a better life. And that could drive anyone mad. My only critiques would be that the plot didn't start taking off until around episode 5, and I wish they integrated Amy's story into the main plot a little better. Her story also reflected important themes (morality struggles, patriotism, dismantling stereotypes) but nothing much was done to have us completely care about her, relative to the main story. The diverse cast and the beautifully executed costume and production designs also really elevated the story. I'm so happy this was made in such a divisive time.
  • May 21, 2020
    i dont usually give my review on things in general whether i like it or not, but sometimes, when i found things that are exceptionally bad, i feel the need to prevent others from making the same mistake... and well, here i am, making a review of this "season" of the terror, and look that i said "season" because this crap should be considered as a complete different series from the exceptionally good series the terror season one. in one hand we found the terror season one, that has great actors, great scenes, great visual effects, great dialogs, great story, great everything... and on the other hand we have this crap: The terror: Infamy or season two, that has bad actors, bad screen play, bad dialogs, anime like talking japanese people, bad story, bad everythig. the only good tyhing i found on it, is that it has notihing to do with the terror season one, becase otherwise i wouldve killed myself. I forced myself to whats this series and i stopped at episode 8, i couldt stand it any more, i ratter get covid 19 than keep watching this show, i dont know from where it has more than 80% in here. well in conclusion, you should save yourself from watching this thing, its like just like whatching the middle episode of the walking deads last season ten times in a row, if full of crap, and you could get gonorea in your eyes just by watching it.
  • Apr 23, 2020
    Amazing! Loved it! Incredible acting. Couldn't stop watching it.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Starts well but the last episodes are a bit lacking. Story is interesting and it's well done, characters are ok. Would look better if was a stand alone and not the second season, just because it's difficult to separate it from how good the first was.
  • Dec 22, 2019
    It is good that a TV series talk about a silenced and shaming episode of US history, but it has not found the more ashtonishing way to tell it.
  • Dec 02, 2019
    The second season in this series that combines realistic horror with the supernatural continues the trend as it follows a Japanese American family and their neighbors as they are interned during World War II and are threatened by a ghost. I definitely preferred the first season, but this is a good work by itself. The show is a sad look at, but an important lesson on, the Japanese American interment camps. It even contains some details I hadn't heard before. The season doesn't shove the awfulness down your throats at once, rather having the show breathe and have the worse parts hit you in occasional gut punches. Between it all is some good drama of people dealing with adversity. I felt this was a good view into Japanese culture, especially the paranormal part of it. It's just refreshing for an American supernatural show to use a non-Christian religion as a basis. Cast is good across the board. Shingo Usami and Derek Mio work great together as a combative dad and son showing the differences between generations (immigrant and first generation Japanese Americans). Usami is probably the best actor in this. He plays the stoic Japanese father but is able to convey so much with so little. Unfortunately, the story does have its share of leaps of logic. It's cardinal sin though is that it simply can't compare to the superb combination of acting, story, and execution that was the first season. Overall, I've found this to be rather interesting and recommend this.

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