The Terror: Infamy – All the Demons Are Still in Hell Review
This week’s episode of The Terror: Infamy, All the Demons Are Still in Hell, touches on more of the real horrors that the Japanese faced in internment camps as Yuko’s (Kiki Sukezane) presence begins to grow and Chester (Derek Mio) and Luz’s (Cristina Rodlo) pregnancy leads to some dire consequences.
With the events of Pearl Harbor setting Executive Order 9066 in motion, the episode starts to cover the real-life terrors Japanese inhabitants faced and that Chester and his family are currently going through. Obviously terrible living conditions and constantly being moved around from state to state are pretty cruel things to face, but it pales in comparison to the more psychological threats and fears that loom over their heads. Even as Chester walks through his college’s hall like he did before, he’s met with stare and looks of distrust from many of his peers. From Japanese children being taken out of orphanages to being constantly watched by white soldiers with guns, there’s actually a lot of real fears that Infamy is touching on that make it such an interesting watch – especially with Luz carrying her and Chester’s child. It’s an interesting aspect of their story that really adds some strong layers of depth to their relationship. They clearly want the best for each other, and for their unborn child, and Mio and Rodlo give great performances that makes you really connect with them. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out as they move into a new camp, especially with Luz being the only non-Japanese prisoner, and to see how Yuko’s growing presence could create problems for them.
Things are even worse for Henry (Shingo Usami) and Yamato (George Takei) as their isolation has made them incredibly paranoid about their safety as they face different, and possibly more supernatural threats. While being under constant watch, not only are they forced to complete chores for the soldiers but are subjected to more psychological torture. Being forced to slowly walk in a circle, sit isolated in cell, and even stay on a frozen lake to catch fish by yourself until darkness falls are things that would drive anyone crazy. Even the way we see Henry reciting what he’s going to say to the soldier to try to make them believe that he’s not a spy is absolutely bone-chilling to hear and speaks to how the Japanese are truly under a microscope.
This growing sense of paranoia also allows for their worries about a supernatural presence to manifest as well as the mentioning of the “obake.” As mentioned in the episode, an “obake” and a “bakemono” describe a shape-shifting spirit that is likely what Yuko actually is. While I really enjoyed the tenseness surround this creature this episode and how Henry, Yamato, and Hideo (Eiji Inoue) maintain a sense of confidence since their situation isn’t the best, the way they determine that there is one among them is a little odd. Honestly, if Nick Okada (Kai Bradbury) stuck out more, other than being the youngest one there, or we were given more insight into why they suspect him so easily, the men calling Nick out might not have come off so confusing. It just seems so random for them to just immediately suspect him and almost kill him for it. It does lead to the realization that the government is implanting spies into the camps to gain information and does lead to a funny moments where Henry tells Nick that his fate will be left up to “the spirits of North Dakota,” but it’s just an odd way to introduce what these spirits are.
The best part of the episode, once again, is definitely Yuko as her presence and grip on Chester and his family is immensely tighter. There’s a level of innocence to her outer exterior that hides a sinister evil just waiting to come out. With this episode, we actually start to see it come out with her seemingly possessing Wilson Yoshida (James Saito) and causing him to have a fatal end. It’s definitely a tense scene, but it’s also a little confusing. Wilson’s reaction to seeing Yuko is one of terror, while Amy (Miki Ishikawa) sees her and doesn’t react at all. Surely, this is something that will be explained in a future episode, but as it stands right now, the moment just left me scratching my head as to what exactly happened. Don’t get wrong, the moment was still great and seeing Yuko’s blooding head and bone-cracking movements definitely have me hooked to see what she really is, but I wish these great moments didn’t also come with a sense of confusion.
This week’s episode presents a great sense of realism mixed with some slow-burning supernatural scares that are likely about to come to a head with the group heading to a large encampment. So long as the series continues to deliver great performances, intriguing horrors, a fearful atmosphere, and starts to delve deeper into its supernatural entity, we’re in for one hell of a ride.