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Nightmare Fuel / The Terror

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The Terror might be named for the titular ship, but it certainly lives up to its Double Meaning in every episode.

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    Go for Broke 
  • The underwater sequence, in which Henry Collins is lowered down in an early diving suit to clear the ice from the Erebus's propellor, is built on Nothing Is Scarier. The way the endless ocean is framed to all sides is chilling enough, coupled with Collins' visible fear and the established risk that his suit might malfunction and collapse at any time. But nothing happens, and he successfully clears the propellor... at which point the corpse of a crewman lost at sea floats up behind him.
  • As David Young slowly succumbs to his as-yet unidentified illness, he starts to stare in horror at the corner of the room as he lays helplessly in bed. The camera slowly zooms in on him, holding off on showing what he sees, before suddenly cutting to reveal that there's a ghostly naked man (apparently the specter of an indigenous shaman) standing silently in the corner, wearing a strange mask that makes his head look like a distorted swirl.
  • After making the decision to sail west instead of east around King William Land, Sir John steps onto the deck and notices that his worst fears have come true; they are now trapped deep in the ice (which was what they were trying to avoid in the first place) and are stuck spending another winter in the Arctic. The look on Sir John's face as he overlooks the great expanse of white ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see sells it. Doubly so if you remember that his last Arctic expedition resulted in him losing half his men. He knows the odds of them making it out alive are dwindling.

  • The first appearance of the Tuunbaq lets you know what to expect going forward. After traipsing across the ice for a long time, Lt. Gore's party glimpse the silhouettes of two people in the distance and hear the growl of a huge predator nearby, but when they attempt to shoot the unseen creature, they accidentally hit one of the distant Netsilik tribesmen. In the rush to save his life, Gore fails to notice the shadow of an enormous bear padding up behind him, which proceeds to make good on his surname.

    The Ladder 
  • The hunting party led by Sir John to kill the Tuunbaq, which he believes at this point to be a simple polar bear. The viewer knows they're hopelessly outmatched, but the men casually spend time out in the open for a photo and then hole up in a hunting blind, waiting for the beast to take their bait. It's so tense that the Tuunbaq caving in the blind's roof and slaughtering the party almost comes as a relief, but it leads to...
  • Sir John's utterly horrific death. He stumbles frantically across the ice in hope of survival and just barely catches a glimpse of the ships, only to be caught by the Tuunbaq, which tears his leg off, then throws him headfirst into the fire hole in the ice. He lands on the coal bucket used to keep the hole open, and we can hear flesh and cloth sizzling as it starts to burn him. Then the rope gives way, and he plummets into the freezing water below.
    • To make matters worse, we see all of this from up close in Sir John's point of view. With the Tuunbaq just offscreen and mostly unseen, all we get is a dizzying view of John's expression slowly changing into one of absolute horror and agony, interrupted by scattered flashes of his memories of London.

    Punished, as a Boy 
  • The Tuunbaq may be a monster, but It Can Think, and it's apparently not without a sense of showmanship: late in the episode, it goes so far as to stack the halves of two men it's ripped apart on the ship's deck to simulate a single living person.
  • The titular punishment is no treat, but the scariest part of it might be seeing how close Crozier is to flying off the handle completely, whizzing past righteous anger straight to The Neidermeyer — Hickey certainly deserves some manner of punishment for disobeying orders and attacking Lady Silence, but the way Crozier doubles down on the number of lashes to spite Hickey for interrupting him and Crozier's visible enjoyment of such petty cruelty is a glimpse of his dark side.

    First Shot a Winner, Lads 
  • The effects of the extreme cold really start to take effect in this episode: one poor lad gets his frostbitten toes snipped off, another puts his bare hand on a cannon and pulls it away with most of the skin on his palm gone, and there's even reference to teeth exploding.
  • The protracted scene with the sailor who is too afraid to drag his comrades' corpses into the hold's "dead room", because he claims he can hear the bodies shuffling around inside. Hickey enters the room without issue and nothing ever comes of it again, but it's still nerve-wracking to contemplate.
  • The first clear, good look we get at the Tuunbaq as it pursues Blanky up the mast; it's a grotesque beast with an elongated neck, forelegs ending in strangely shaped paws, and a face that's somewhere between a traditional polar bear and a snarling demon with very human features. And a direct shot from a cannonball just pisses it off and temporarily drives it away.

    A Mercy 
  • The end result of Dr. Stanley's Sanity Slippage. After Goodsir informs him that the entire food supply is contaminated with lead, he sets the carnival tent and himself on fire in what's heavily implied to be a despairing attempt to Mercy Kill the crew, all while wearing white makeup that makes him look like a ghost. Better yet, there is a close-up shot of his agonized face as he's burning to death.

    Horrible from Supper 
  • During Irving's Hope Spot when a kind Netsilik party offers him seal meat and potential aid, Hickey can be seen leading Farr out of sight in the background. Then, when Irving stumbles back to his comrades with the news, he finds Hickey silently crouched over Farr's body; upon approach, Hickey jumps up, shirtless and demented, and viciously stabs Irving over and over again until he falls, whereupon he clamps Irving's mouth shut and casually waits for him to expire before seemingly doing a strange dance around the body.

    Terror Camp Clear 
  • The Tuunbaq returns from its debilitating injury by attacking the camp outright, in a way it hasn't before. Usually it sneaks around and takes its time, but this time, it charges headlong into camp and just starts gruesomely tearing people apart in plain view. And when it takes down Collins, a disturbing new fact is revealed: the Tuunbaq seemingly eats its victims' souls.

    The C, the C, the Open C 

    We Are Gone 
  • Goodsir commits suicide by poisoning himself, but slashes his wrists to hide the poison. He does this as revenge against Hickey, who he knows will eat his body after he dies. Later, his naked, partially consumed body is laid out on a table by Hickey's people like a banquet. And then Crozier is forced to join in eating him.
  • The last of Hickey's crew is graphically slaughtered by the Tuunbaq in a truly stomach-churning sequence. Hickey himself saws his own tongue off and offers it to the Tuunbaq, thinking that doing so will make him its master. Instead, the beast effortlessly rips him in half, and the upper half of his body can be seen twitching and grunting afterwards.
  • Sole Survivor Crozier comes across Little's crew later on. All of them are dead, and it's clear that they engaged in cannibalism before their deaths. Little himself is barely alive when Crozier finds him. He has gold chains sewn into his skin, and mutters "close" to Crozier before he also dies. His appearance is not explained.
    • It's also worth noting that this wasn't just some creepy imagery made up for the show: one of the crew's bodies was allegedly found in that state.
    • "close" is a call back to Episode 1 Go For Broke where Crozier explains to Jopson that close is the worst thing in the world for an explorer to be. Worse, the real life inspiration for Little's final camp is a place called Starvation Cove, which is only 100 km from the mouth of the Backfish river. Like Little's group, the last of Franklin's men expired close to their destination but as Crozier noted, in the context of exploration close might as well be All for Nothing.
    • Doubles as a Tear Jerker, for Crozier the last of his men have died. All their suffering and efforts were All for Nothing. For Crozier, he feels as though he has utterly failed as a captain, and failed to keep his word to get them home. Formerly well groomed, disciplined and motivated men were reduced to cannibalism and unlike Hickey and his mutineers it was a I Did What I Had to Do moment and if Little's appearance is anything to go by, engaging in the act of cannibalism, they were utterly ashamed.

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