Jason Momoa is definitely an actor to watch out for. Sure, we got off on the wrong foot with that underwhelming Conan reboot but all of his roles ever since have been on point. We’ve seen him as Game of Thrones‘ Khal Drogo, Frontier‘s Declan Harp and most notably, he elevated DC’s Aquaman to badass superhero levels after being ridiculed for most of his existence. Now, returns to the small screen via Apple Original’s See and it looks to be a promising epic fantasy series.
Synopsis: In a future when humankind is robbed of sight, what’s left of civilization rebuild their way of life without being able to see. However, as the twin children of Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) is discovered to be born with the gift, they become the target of those in power who fear that soeciety will be threatened by their unique advantage.
With networks and streaming platforms seeking to develop the next Game of Thrones, Apple throws its hat into the game by presenting this unique premise for a fantasy series. Sure, we’ve seen tribes battle it out at the same level of Avatar but trailer successfully raises the viewers’ interest with immediate questions like “What happened to make mankind lose their sight?” or “How do they go to war without being able to see anything?” or “What happened to technology?” Remember that this all takes place in the future, but we see the characters surviving in a primitive lifestyle. Lastly, how did they even know the babies could see when babies just gurgle at everything to communicate?
Jason Momoa has established himself as a bankable, rootable lead actor so I can safely say that I’m already on his team within the timeframe of this less than 3 minute trailer. I also feel confident that there is going be great cinematography and production design for this 10-episode series. I’m not sure though, if Apple is gunning for a second season unless they set up for more questions because I think that 10 episodes is more than enough time to explore this story.
What makes me worry is the stock and pride that the series takes in getting the producers of the Planet of the Apes, the director of the Hunger Games, and the creator of Peaky Blinders into the mix. While all of these franchises are solid in their own right, they employ different cinematic styles and this might cause conflict in the final output — too much cooks spoil the brew and all that.
Still, I still think there’s great potential in this series if they manage to temper all of the elements without going too far into the dramatics. Fingers crossed but I’m leaning towards the positive.