The Pitch: In 1941, a community of Japanese fishermen and their families live on Terminal Island, a large artificial island off the California coast under control of the US military. Included among them are the Nakayama family – grandfather Yamato (George Takei), patriarch Henry (Shingo Usami), matriarch Asako (Naoko Mori), and Chester (Derek Mio), the American-born oldest son. Chester, his pregnant girlfriend Luz (Cristina Rodio), and the community are being haunted by Yuko (Kiki Sukezane), a ghost from traditional Japanese folklore, who’s interested in Chester’s progeny.
The American dream changes drastically following Pearl Harbor as the residents of Terminal Island are relocated to internment camps, stripped of their possessions, and repeatedly forced to prove their allegiance to the US. As WW2 carries on, Chester and his family must find a way to survive the racism and prejudice of the concentration camp presided over by Retired Major Bowen (C. Thomas Howell), but also a spectre with the ability to manipulate and murder her victims.
A New Terror: Narratively speaking, Infamy is a distinct pivot away from its debut season. Whereas the first run was a moody creature feature about shipwrecked British officers and their descent into madness, Infamy is a somber, matrilineal ghost story that meditates on generational trauma through a Japanese family. Even so, there are enough similarities between the two, namely in production values and tone.