See – Season 1 (Apple TV+ Review)

“See” takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. On the same day that the Alkenny tribe, led by Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) faces the arrival of the relentless witch hunters, Maghra (Hera Hilmar), gives birth to twins.  These twins are special since they are children of Jerlamarel (Joshua Henry), the best known heretic of the kingdom, and have the ability to see, something considered the fruit of witchcraft and, therefore, forbidden. After managing to be hidden seventeen years, they will be once again threatened by the General Huntsman (Christian Camargo) and will flee their home.

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L-R: Alfre Woodard, Jason Momoa, Nesta Cooper, Archie Madekwe, Hera Hilmar, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Sylvia Hoeks, Christian Camargo / Apple TV+

The pilot sets a high standard in hellacious cinematography through an impressive sequence of war chants and battle which relies on all senses except site.

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Two things working against this series are its immediate association with Game of Thrones through Momoa and a reminiscent score of the Kings Landing soundtrack.  Every new show across the streaming world has failed to satisfy when doomed to this comparison.  It also makes it easy to forget that this world is set in the future where the human race has regressed into ignorance as result of being blind.  Lost knowledge where genetic deformations are miscontrued as satanic curses and ritualistic masturbation has become a form a prayer.

Within three episodes, time jumps take us forward to the twins in adolescence testing the limits of credulity in the tribe eluding the hunters for so long.

There are enough interesting characters to warrant a second season, particularly as much of the rivalry between the tribe and the Queen remain in a clout of mystery.  The relationship between the twins and their adoptive father is being handled meticulously with an inevitable return of the biological father who holds the answers to many of the questions the eight episodes have left.

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