“SEE” is a science fiction television drama series made and produced for Apple TV+. It is written by Steven Knight and directed by Francis Lawrence. Executive producers include Knight, Lawrence, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo. This series is exceptional and brilliantly acted.
In the distant future, due to a virus, the human race has lost one of their most precious senses, sight. Now, society is left to find new ways to interact, build and hunt for survival. Meanwhile, Maghra (Hera Hilmar) a newcomer and wife to the warrior and chieftain Baba Voss (Jason Mamoa), gives birth to a set of twins named Kofun (Archie Madekwe) and Haniwa (Nesta Cooper). To his tribe’s amazement, the twins can see. As word spreads, it gets the attention of a cynical tribe lead by Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks), who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the twins. In order to protect his children, Baba is forced to rely on his instincts and must rally fellow tribesmen to take down the queen and her tyrannical cult before they can capture the children. Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo) is the queen’s Witchfinder General and leader of her army. Tamacti’s loyalty is unsurpassed by none, as he values the queen more than himself. Thanks to the abilities of Paris (Alfre Woodard) who is the Alkenny tribe’s elder, seer and wise adviser, they stand a better chance of survival. The biological father of the twins is Jerlamarel (Archie Madekwe), who is a master engineer and is able to see.
This captivating series is very well acted and scripted. It’s easy to binge-watch because there are only eight intense episodes: 1) Godflame – anyone who has the ability to see is considered a witch, hunted down by the witchfinder and killed. 2) Message – Baba is directed to a hidden box by fugitive, Jerlamarel as they agree to the rearing of the twins. 3) Fresh Blood in a Bottle – Gether and Souter Bax are related, as she is Gether’s aunt. Their incestuous relationship results in a stillborn and disfigured child. 4) The River – The Witchfinder army invades the Alkenny settlement, Baba Voss leads his family to a river and a raft he had previously constructed in secret. 5) Plastic – Baba and the twins locate a scavenger settlement nearby where they meet Boots, who can also see. 6) Silk – Queen Kane is abducted and taken to a nearby silk manufacturing settlement known as the City of Worms. 7) The Lavender Road – A path lined with lavender described as a road to Jerlamarel’s location. 8) House of Enlightenment – A former prison converted into a settlement with electricity, hot water and an extensive library.
I’m certain you will be intrigued by this series. Just imagine the whole cast is playing their parts as a blind person — I don’t think that’s easy given the vigorous fight scenes and the fact that they are out in the wilderness as opposed to a nice civilized environment. Each episode is better than the previous one. I don’t know the circumstances under which Jason Momoa ditched the Netflix original feature, Frontier but I’m glad it turned out that he now stars in See. FYI: A lot of “See” has a lot of violence and can be a bit gory but tolerable. Jason Momoa is the eye candy that just makes for a better day. I urge you to Check It Out! “See” is currently airing on AppleTV+, presently at $4.99 a month. You can always cancel once you’ve seen any chosen series. “See” has been approved for season two!
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Marvel: Luke Cage is not like your ordinary super hero flick. As a matter of fact, I’ve heard lots of buzz about the series, which is streaming on Netflix. Some say it’s too Black and some say they couldn’t keep up with the Ebonics and some say it’s too street and even too slow, as superhero flicks go. The buzz plus the constant advertisements are what prompted me to binge watch the first season (13 episodes). After watching the first episode, I must admit, I had mix feelings. From childhood to adulthood, Luke’s story seemed dark. As a matter of fact, the whole series seemed dark. The lighting was hardly ever bright, the characters were hardly ever cheery or uplifting and everyone seemed to be in their own personal struggle. It was as though I was viewing Harlem, where this all takes place, through the eye of Donald Trump, who paints a pretty grim picture of Black neighborhoods. Since I was born and raised in Harlem, I can say, first hand, it’s not as rumor would have you believe. However, since Luke Cage is dealing with an underworld of corruption, drugs, gangs and poverty, the look and feel is definitely not like Spiderman or Superman. It’s more like a Black Gotham (the TV series), only the characters are real people with only one super hero, which is what I think the writers and directors were going after.
Luke Cage/Carl Lucas (Mike Colter) is a superhero who escaped from Seagate Prison after acquiring superhuman strength and impenetrable skin because of a sabotaged experiment under the hands of Dr. Noah Burstein (Michael Kostroff), a scientist conducting experiments on inmates. Settling in Harlem, Carl Lucas changed his name to Luke Cage and took on several jobs. As a sweeper at the local barber shop, he works for Henry “Pop” Hunter (Frankie Faison) and meets Misty Knight (Simone Missick) a NYPD detective who is investigating a shooting. As a dish washer at Harlem’s Paradise nightclub, Luke works for crime boss, Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali). Alfre Woodard plays (Mariah Dillard), “Cottonmouth’s” corrupt cousin and mayor of Harlem while Rosario Dawson plays Claire Temple, a nurse that assisted in Luke’s recovery on a couple of occasions and appears to be a current love interest. Perhaps the most profound character is Willis Stryker / Diamondback (Erik LaRay Harvey) a powerful arms dealer who is Cage’s half-brother and the one who framed him for the crime that sent him to Seagate Prison.
I enjoyed the series because like most super heroes, Cage is good and does his best to resolve his personal issues while fighting his enemies and trying to take care of his neighborhood. What I didn’t like, was how so many corrupt, evil murderers never seemed to get adequately punished for their crimes. I was also unhappy with the potential season ending that indicated a scenario for season 2 I’d rather not deal with. Kudos to Netflix and Coker for the replication of Harlem’s unique atmosphere, culture and music. Marvel: Luke Cage also comments on race, politics, and the Black Lives Matter movement. If you have Netflix, check it out! It’s not the best superhero flick you’ll see but it’s entertaining.
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Tagged alfre woodard, barber shop, carl lucas, claire temple, cornell stockes, cottonmouth, diamondback, dr noah burstein, erik laray harvey, frankie faison, harlem, henry "pop" hunter, mahershala ali, mariah dillard, marvel: luke cage, michael kostroff, mike colter, misty knight, nurse, paradise nightclub, rosario dawson, seagate prison, simone missick, superhuman, willis stryker
An unlikely plot when 2 high ranking women decide to plot murder on the terrorist responsible for the death of their son/fiance. In other words, revenge. Alfre Woodard and Katherine Heigl are CIA and President of the United States, respectively. Katherine Heigl plays Charleston Tucker, the CIA Official who was engaged to Aaron Payton, the President’s son, played by Mark Tallman. Alfre Woodard plays President Constance Payton, a former war veteran and Courtney B. Vance plays the President’s husband, Marshall Payton. For some reason, they were all together in Kabul, Afghanistan where they were attacked by a terrorist group lead by Omar Abdul Fatah. Aaron was killed but the women were not. It appears that their mission, going forward, is to kill any and everyone responsible for Aaron’s death. There are many secrets yet to unfold. While I love a good drama, I’m not sure this one is going to make it. There’s nothing wrong with the acting or the characters, except I’d hate to think that the President’s main agenda is revenge, yet I was happy when we took down Osama Bin Laden.
The pilot features Dr. Benjamin Butler who is working in Africa and who resembles the President’s dead son, Aaron. While in Kenya, the doctor and his colleagues were kidnapped and threatened with decapatation by a newly formed terrorist group. In the meanwhile, the mission to take down the much sorted after Omar Abdul Fatah, already targeted and in clear site of a US ground military strike team (MI6) was called off by CIA Official, Charleston, in favor of rescuing Dr. Butler instead. It wasn’t quite clear if the mission was redirected in favor of saving the doctor over killing Fatah because of the doctor’s resemblence to Aaron or Charlie’s explanation “waiting 6 months would allow us to get Fatah and his entire network instead of just Fatah”. A lot of risky business here. It’s worth waiting to see what happens in the next few weeks. One thing is clear, there is more going on than meets the eye. A relationship was introduced between Charlie and Nick Vera (Chris McKenna) a CIA asset who worked for Charlie and is keeping a secret regarding Fatah. There seems to be an obvious resentment between the two despite their romantic involvement. Nick has been “dark” for over a year. Secret photos that suggest Charlie and Nick are semi quasi partners in crime are repeatedly sent to Charlie’s cell phone. Charlie does not remember all that happened the day Aaron was killed. Her therapist is suggesting that Charlie is blocking out something she doesn’t want to remember.
I find this series a little ambiguous and I don’t think it’s very authentic. The busyness of the Presidential Staff and the ambiance of the White House is missing. Scenes like the President walking away from her son’s grave site, after speaking at a memorial, without visual body guards or Charlie being the President’s Daily Briefer which in real life is done by the Director of Intelligence, which is totally separate from the CIA and the fact that we don’t really ever see any of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives support to the unofficial look and feel of this White House. Also, there are a lot of black women e.g., Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton or Jenifer Lewis, I feel would have made a more believable US President — it’s not an acting thing, it’s the unnaturalness and the energy I find lacking. State of Affairs airs on NBC. I still think it has potential.
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Tagged aaron, alfee woodard, alfre woodard, charleston tucker, charlie, cia, courtney b vance, fatah, katerine hyakel, katherine heigl, mark tallman, marshall, nick, president payton, secret, state of affairs