As the passengers exit the bus and straggle inside the fenced-in military grounds, the camera pulls back to reveal an armed watchtower in the center and an American flag hovering over it all. On February 18, 1942, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which gave the secretary of war power to designate certain areas as military zones, and to relocate any Japanese Americans, German Americans or Italian Americans living in those areas to concentration camps. More than two years after the start of World War II, a surprise attack by Japanese forces pushed America to join the war. Unlike season one, whose unease and dread grew slowly out of an atmosphere of stifling isolation, The Terror: Infamy plunges abruptly into the many-year nightmare of the internment camps. The Terror: Infamy is season one’s aesthetic opposite Derek Mio’s Chester has no idea what to make of his life anymore. Early voting numbers are truly astounding. Get our newsletter in your inbox twice a week. Overall, 138 relatives of The Terror: Infamy's cast and crew who were interned during the war. Why ‘Mank’ and ‘Borat 2’ Are Serious Oscar Contenders in a Very Strange Year, ‘Soul’ Aims for Oscar Glory as Disney Shifts to Streaming, but Not All Films Deserve the Same Release, How Closed Theaters, Drive-In Movies, and Netflix Supremacy Are Shaping Oscar Season, Introducing ‘Deep Dive’: Damon Lindelof and His Team Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Watchmen’, ‘Succession’: How Editing Helps Every Dinner Scene Come to Life — Deep Dive, Becoming Hooded Justice: The ‘Watchmen’ Craft Team Analyzes the Emotional, Pivotal Scene – Deep Dive, 40 Must-See New Movies to See This Fall Season, The Fate of Movie Theaters Could Hinge on the Outcome of the Election, Zoe Lister-Jones Shook Up Hollywood with Her All-Female Crew, Now She’s Doing It with ‘The Craft: Legacy’. The Japanese side of him seems harder for him to parse and contend with; like so many immigrants in a diaspora, he seems drawn to the folklore and superstition of his homeland to help him make sense of what’s happening in the war and at home. On election eve, the Trump administration is still working to roll back Obamacare. However, departing from Terminal Island won't be enough to stop the spirits that are haunting them. It’s the American in him who joins the war against Japan as a translator, where he’s forced to confront his own dual identities while battling his demons — which in his case may be the literal demon who’s caught up with him. Within hours, Japanese American men on Terminal Island were rounded up and forcibly evacuated, despite having nothing to do with the attack and there being no evidence against them. This image sums up what’s best and what’s weakest about season two of The Terror: It works to remind us at every turn that the atrocities of the present are tied to those of the past, and that America is a country whose inability to confront its own systemic racism means that it’s destined to enact bleak, dehumanizing horror on its citizens again and again. He and his father, Henry (Shingo Usami), are fishermen, but Chester wants more. By contrast, the war and the various ways in which it impacts each of the characters yields endless drama. The second episode of The Terror: Infamy, AMC’s anthology horror-drama, ends with a blatant money shot. “The Terror: Infamy” premieres Monday, August 12 at 9 p.m. Relying on such cultural touchstones is … And that nightmare is so vividly, uncomfortably depicted, particularly given the unavoidable parallels between America’s treatment of perceived foreigners then and now, that it inevitably makes the season’s supernatural horror feel expendable.