The Terror: Infamy – Come and Get Me

Asako Nakayama (Naoko Mori) in Come and Get Me (Image courtesy AMC Studios / Amazon. All rights reserved)
Asako Nakayama (Naoko Mori) in Come and Get Me (Image courtesy AMC Studios / Amazon. All rights reserved)

“Come and Get Me” is the ninth episode of the second season of the TV show “The Terror”, which was named “The Terror: Infamy”, and follows “My Sweet Boy“. It’s broadcast in the USA on AMC Studios and in other nations on Amazon Prime Video.

Note. This article contains some spoilers about “Come and Get Me”.

The internment camps get closed and the Japanese-Americans return to their homes. However, Henry Nakayama (Shingo Usami) and his wife Asako (Naoko Mori) find nothing of what they had and must make do to survive. They find out what happened to Chester (Derek Mio) only when he calls to ask for their help to protect Luz Ojeda (Cristina Rodlo).

“The Terror: Infamy” is now near its conclusion and the story is also approaching the end of World War II. In 1945 the internment camps for Japanese-Americans got closed and the beginning of “Come and Get Me” shows the attitude that the American government had towards them until the end. The freed people were told that they had to be grateful for the shelter provided. At the same time they were reminded of their allegiance to the USA. In fact, the people among them who no longer found their homes were forced to live in conditions even worse than those in the camps.

Chester Nakayama has a plan to save his family from Yuko Tanabe (Kiki Sukezane) but he needs the Nakayamas. In my opinion, the supernatural part suffers more than ever from the problems seen during the season. In many ways the episode is centered on mothers and children but the mothers seem to be in the background, used to advance the plot in a way that wastes the strength they could offer to the story. The problem is worsened by the fact that the relationship between Henry and Chester is handled in an annoying way, with trivial dialogues. The confrontation between Asako and Yuko at the end of the episode is only used to bring out a revelation that seems to be mandatory in every episode. It’s a shame because the scene with Asako on the bridge in the first part of the episode promised much more in its emotional intensity.

“Come and Get Me” was supposed to steer the plot to the grand finale with a crescendo of tension and excitement. Honestly, in my case I didn’t feel all this and, as almost always in “The Terror: Infamy”, my attention was much greater towards the historical element. I expected better with regards to the supernatural element but, in an episode even shorter than the others, its development left me perplexed again. In part the problem concerns the whole season, in the sense that if certain characters and certain interpersonal relationships are not developed adequately during the episodes it’s impossible to hope that in the penultimate episode they will work.

I have to say that I don’t have high expectations for “The Terror: Infamy” season finale. I hope that the historical part has an ending as well to learn something more about the subject but concerning the supernatural element I haven’t developed enough interest in the characters to feel the tension. I’m curious to see how the story will end but nothing more.

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