Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Spoilers are for the sighted too!
In a post-apocalyptic future where humanity as a whole has been rendered blind, future generations of special children are being born with the heretical ability to see, leading to all-out war!
When we last left our intrepid sightless, her insane majesty Queen Sibeth (Sylvia Hoeks) had been overthrown by her sister Maghra (Hera Hilmar) and given birth to Kofun’s son, while Maghra “married” Lord Harlan (Tom Mison) and is trying rather desperately to forge some kind of peace with the encroaching Trivantes armies. Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) has more or less appointed himself as Queen Maghra’s right hand, and is determined to hunt down his former Witchfinders forces before they become yet more of a problem. Kofun (Archie Madekwe) and Haniwa (Nesta Cooper), along with her sighted lover Wren (Eden Epstein) and warrior turned family caregiver Charlotte (Olivia Cheng), have all taken up residence in town with the Queen mother, and of course every single last one of them are impatiently waiting for the return of that warrior with no equal, the sighted-twins father and the leader of the Alkenny tribe, Baba Voss (Jason Momoa).
So the new Trivantes ambassador Trovere (Trieste Kelly Dunn) likes Lord Harlan enough to share his bed pretty much the entire time she’s in Paya, ostensibly to smooth the way for peace negotiations, but they both seem to enjoy it a lot. And because both nobles are sneaky collectors of information, Harlan gets the inside track into the reality of the Trivantians plans, while enjoying Trovere’s deep attraction too. So when a new weapon and villain literally rises from the ashes of Greenhill Gap, Trovere and Harlan are kind-of semi forewarned.
The villain in question, Tormada (David Hewlett) once chief science officer of the Trivantes army and now edging towards becoming King of his own blasted wasteland, rounded up many of those heretical sighted children of Jerlamarel and had them begin building weapons. And in this sightless world, these built bombs, each about the size of a good large-sized dog, and oh lordy did Tormada make a lot of them, sends devastation and destruction and desolation like it was rained down from the hand of God!
So the completely unpredictable Sibeth has somehow managed to still be alive after all the pain and destruction and death she’s caused, and Queen Maghra still doesn’t have the nerve needed to order her execution once and for all. Sibeth’s death being the main linchpin of the on-going Trivantes negotiations, Trovere is both livid and terrified when, unwittingly aided by her baby-daddy Kofun, Sibeth makes her escape! The former queen endures all sorts of misery on her own, trials she is sure are laid down by the God-flame to test her and prove that she’s still the Chosen Queen, especially when, after surviving several encounters that should’ve rightfully killed her, Sibeth meets up with the former Witchfinders of the Kingdom, like it was fated. A ready-made army of specially-trained fanatics who, after a choice demonstration of Sibeth’s mental instability and willingness to utterly execute those in her way, utterly believe that she is their rightful Queen and will walk through fire and worse to serve her, combined with Tormada’s bombs, all serve to clearly demonstrate Sibeth’s zealous literal scorched-Earth policy when it comes to who should rule.
So where has Baba Voss been? He’s been off either hiding from the roving Trivantes patrols who want his head, or trying to recruit for the final showdown. Which gets a bit hard, due to the fact that Trivantes and other enemies are executing without prejudice pretty much everyone Baba Voss has ever come into contact with. Picking up Ranger (Michael Raymond-James), his companion from previous killing adventures, mourning the loss of Bow Lion (Yadira Guevara-Prip), fighting and skulking and killing his way back to his family, Baba Voss embodies the spirit of freedom and the lengths one will go to for family, blood or not.
Indeed, the best scenes of the entire show seem to inevitably show Baba Voss fighting bare-handed in the most desperate of circumstances, hulking bent over like a gorilla, rolling in Judo moves that have existed for hundreds of years, dealing out death like a chosen avatar of sightless rage. Blindness coach Joe Strechay gave lessons to the entire cast, on how to move soundlessly, utilize their other senses in place of sight a bit, even rudimentary echolocation. The actors were also trained by movement coordinator Paradox Pollack.
It all culminates in a final episode that is bombastic beyond belief! Sibeth and her bombardiers and witchfinders have all come to the edge of the city, and in her usual “If I can’t have it no one will” fashion, Sibeth commands her army to begin bombing her traitorous sister and everyone else! Queen Maghra is left to try and shepherd the remaining people to dubious safety outside the city somehow, while whoever’s left to fight and there aren’t many, distract the Trivantes so they can escape! But Baba Voss, and Ranger when the two of them get together, are like whole armies in the body of one person anyway, and they skulk along the bombardment enemy lines like ghosts, silent angels of death personified.
Sadly as cool as Baba Voss and Ranger are, those terrible bomb weapons of Tormadas really do change the game of warfare and the only solution is a very final one. Those final moments are a tribute to what Baba Voss and Maghra meant to each-other, how this whole mess of sighted children and curses and legacies happened in the first place, and how important it is, whether you can see or not, to feel seen by those who matter to you. Such an astounding show.
Get blown away with the final season of See, on Apple TV now!