Terror in Resonance: 9/11 in a Vacuum Waiting to Be Filled
The events of 9/11 scarred the world and left behind a glut of stomach-churning images and sounds, all too familiar even over a decade later. However, as sacrosanct as those images are, they are not untouchable. At its most vital, fiction (or, in some cases, pseudo-nonfiction) can echo the images of momentous tragedy to great effect, elucidating through drama a story that would have been impossible to tell in a world unmarred by such an event. Over the past thirteen years, we have judged the works of fiction daring, smart, or stupid enough to invoke 9/11, on a case-by-case basis. Some were good (United 93, Zero Dark Thirty) and some were so bad as to seem insulting (Star Trek Into Darkness). It is clear from its first two episodes that Terror in Resonance is tactful enough to deserve the iconic imagery it aims to recontextualize; whether its subject matter can ultimately justify images of such power remains to be seen.