Set in the distant future, See follows the story of a dystopian society that rebuilt itself after a deadly virus decimated humankind. The only people that survived the devastation emerged from the rubble shocked and… blind.
Now, not only is the whole “mankind-destroyed-by-a-virus” theme extremely played out, the whole story of See is completely and utterly stupid. It felt as though the producers were scrambling to find something “new” to add to a very common apocalyptic story and landed on “let’s make everyone blind” and cast Jason Momoa to convince people they want to see it.
The story was awkward at best and it was hard to tell whether we were supposed to laugh, cry, or simply look away. The acting was dominated by Jason Momoa with very little attention given to anyone else in the tribe, and although the cinematography provided beautiful scenery, it felt awkward seeing the world when none of the characters could see it.
Dumb, dumb, dumb; and very over played. The plot is very much like an apocalyptic movie meets Game of Thrones mixed with Supernatural. After a deadly virus kills off most of society, a select group of humans survive without the ability to see. Then, Baba Voss’ wife gives birth to twins that have the mythic ability of sight. While witch hunters seek to kill the “magical” twins, Voss most protect his newborns and lead his tribe to safety.
Ultimately the plot is very simple and mixes elements of other TV shows to create a completely “new” plot. The story also led way to some extremely awkward scenes in the first episode. Many of these scenes dragged on way too long and it came to the point where everyone in the theater was staring at each other wondering if we should laugh or shield our eyes.
I will say, this was some of Jason Momoa’s best acting. He was truly in his element and made you believe in the character. However, the role also seemed to be created specifically for him. It embraces everything that we associate with Jason Momoa and makes it seems as though he isn’t even acting at all.
If you take a look at the ads for See, all you’ll see is a giant close-up of Jason Momoa, because that’s honestly all this show has going for it. People are going to watch it for the chance of seeing Jason Momoa shirtless – which does not happen in the first episode, by the way – or because they love his typical genre of shows (Game of Thrones and Frontier). Because of that, most of the other characters in the film seem pretty irrelevant and the relationships felt underdeveloped. It’s simply a Jason Momoa show with random people walking around in the background.
The best part of the first episode was definitely the scenery. According to the producer, they filmed See in British Columbia and battled against all types of crazy weather. Well, the battles definitely paid off because the scenery was on-point. The world of See is beautiful and magical which makes you want to explore more of it. However, it felt a little awkward that you could see this beautiful world when none of the characters in the show could see anything. It provided an odd element that was hard to shake.
The action scenes were also enticing, just like you would expect from a Jason Momoa-led series. However, it was definitely hard to believe that the characters were blind. While some of the scenes emphasized fight sequences designed for a blind character, there were other scenes that simply forgot that the characters were blind. The audience was constantly left saying, “How is that even possible?”
All in all, I would give the first episode of See a 3.5 out of 10. It’s a very overplayed story that was given an awkward twist. The producers seemed to rely heavily on Jason Momoa bringing people into the story, but failed to provide anything else to make us stay through the series. I would suggest not seeing See as it was not worth watching and definitely not good enough to justify subscribing to Apple TV+.