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by JC Alvarez
Thursday Nov 7, 2019

The world has gone dark.

In the new Original Series "See," streaming on AppleTV+, the world has been ravaged by a plague that has decimated the population, leaving only a handful of people alive. Those that have survived have been left blind, and the tribes of remaining humans have learned to survive across the largely prehistoric-looking terrain by relying on their remaining senses. Among them exists a tribe led by a man named Baba Voss (Jason Momoa in all his hulking grandeur).

After his star turn in the superhero blockbuster "Aquaman," it appeared that Momoa had become an overnight Hollywood darling. With a personality as big as his brawn, Momoa had given a whole new level of credibility to DC Comics' most often lampooned King of the Seven Seas. Since his tall, dark, and brooding presence as a Dothraki heartthrob on "Game of Thrones," fans have been anxiously awaiting the actor's next headlining role. It's unfortunate then that the AppleTV+ Original Series "See" puts him through some pretty awkward paces.

As Baba Voss, Momoa must lead the people of the Alkenny Village away from the safety of their home, after his wife Maghra (Hera Hilmar) gives birth to twins — and gives rise to a terrible prophecy that puts them all in danger. Paris (Alfre Woodard) the village priestess, convinces them they are all being tested and that their journey must begin. Witch Finders invade the forest and seek out heretics that speak of a possible era long ago when humans had the ability to "see" — it is this "heresy" and its knowledge that will lead Baba Voss and his tribe to a sanctuary.

The cast is completely dedicated to the effort of making its audience believe that the world they inhabit is dark, but that still isn't enough to make this world all that interesting. After a while, it begins to weigh a bit. The most invested component of the narrative is how interconnected humanity has become in its effort to continue to exist — which is all the more startling when it's evidenced that there are factions dedicated to hateful ends. It doesn't seem relevant, especially when the story is centered on reconnecting man to nature. There is just too much disbelief to suspend.

"See" is an interesting exercise in new storytelling, which is what the AppleTV+ platform is promoting. The future the series wants us to investigate is too primitive to feel familiar, and the direction in which it is going may not prove all that engaging, but the cast is invested and for their effort "See" is worth seeing.

"See" is streaming now on AppleTV+

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".

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