Apple has hopped on the OTT bandwagon at a time when viewers have started to question the excess of streaming services. But Apple’s streaming platform Apple TV+ promises to up the ante, and their new series See tries delivering on that front.
Starring Jason Momoa, See is a story set in the distant future where humans live like tribals and the power of sight is only a myth. Things change when Momoa’s Baba Voss is blessed with twins who can see. The premise sounds promising, and if the first few episodes are anything to go by, the show is weirdly fascinating. I say weird because a few customs of this world will make you laugh out loud, even when they don’t intend to. However, the strong storytelling in the first few episodes saves the day.
Firstly, let’s acknowledge the fact that Jason Momoa was born to play this role. He is the leader of a tribe where his word is the law. No one can dare say anything against him because he can shred them with his bare hands, but we are told that he is the good guy. Momoa’s Baba Voss is the authoritative protector who might not be super sharp when it comes to emotions but has all the arm strength to survive in a world where humans are living in jungles. His Khal Drogo-ness is all over the map here, and that ticks the biggest box in See.
As far as world-building is concerned, it was extremely necessary for the makers to effectively communicate that in this world, no one can see and they do a great job of it, starting with the wonderfully scored opening credits. A battle sequence in the first episode might feel a little long-drawn but perfectly establishes the techniques that are essential in this world. By the second episode, the basic rules are known, and you can just take in the proceedings.
The show’s vamp is Queen Kane played by Sylvia Hoeks, who is not an instant favourite but has the potential to grow on you with time. Alfre Woodard’s Paris is the wise mentor, and while her scenes look quite preachy at times, they are the ones with most exposition. It is quite obvious that the show is trying to build its own mythology (like Lost), but it is too soon to demand that level of investment from the viewers.
Written by Steven Knight, See makes the distant future look like the ancient ages, which could be the reality considering how we are treating the planet. It is worth noting that plastic pet bottles will survive until then.
See’s USP lies in the fact that viewers can witness things that the characters are oblivious to which gives us more information than the characters. This isn’t necessarily a great thing as it reduces the shock value, but so far, this has not created any hindrance in the story. Directed by Francis Lawrence, See could be the show that can put Apple TV+ on the map.
Verdict: A little patience in Episode 1 makes See worth your while.
See is streaming on Apple TV+.