“My Sweet Boy” is the eighth episode of the second season of the TV show “The Terror”, which was named “The Terror: Infamy”, and follows “My Perfect World“. It’s broadcast in the USA on AMC Studios and in other nations on Amazon Prime Video.
Note. This article contains some spoilers about “My Sweet Boy”.
At the beginning of 1945 the Japanese-Americans interned in the camps start getting permission to leave if they find a sponsor who offers them a job and Major Bowen (C. Thomas Howell) offers to help Amy Yoshida (Miki Ishikawa). Meanwhile, Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio) continues his search for information on his brother while his relationship with Luz Ojeda (Cristina Rodlo) gets strong again but the two of them must resort to the help of Luz’s grandmother (Alma Martinez).
The passage of time has often been uneven in “The Terror: Infamy”, with occasional leaps forward alternating with short periods told in detail. The beginning of “My Sweet Boy” in January 1945 allows for a subplot linked to the historical element in which the people in internment camps are allowed to leave if they have a sponsor who gives them a job. At the same time, the military keep on looking for people who enlist, even among Japanese-Americans.
In the subplot about Amy Yoshida, there are revelations concerning the mysterious recordings seen in the previous episode. Unfortunately, Major Bowen keeps on being a dull villain, a character who seems to have been made only to give the idea of how much Japanese-Americans were mistreated but without a real development. His behavior during his confrontation with Amy is weird and the scenes end up having little tension.
In the subplot about Chester Nakayama and Luz Ojeda another chapter of their strange story is shown. Honestly, my impression is that its evolution is simply what the scriptwriters need to develop the plot in a certain way. Now that story has also involved Luz’s grandmother, a curandera who works mixing shamanism and Christianity. The result is a mix of Latin American and Japanese folklore.
The twists involving Jirou (Pierce Kang) and Yuko Tanabe (Kiki Sukezane) create a number of connections with previous situations to probably arrive at the season finale. At this point Yuko’s goal is certainly not a surprise but she seems to depend on other people’s actions to get something.
“My Sweet Boy” seemed to me the typical episode that serves to steer a story-arc to a certain direction to arrive at truly important events. In previous episodes perhaps too much happened for their length, but this time there are few significant events, particularly in the ending. I really hope it’s just the quiet before the final storm.