Welcome to Behind the Trailer, where we at the FuckAbility™ Research Council tiptoe into the seriously shady trailers of movies and tv shows to explore whether you’d want to waste more than three minutes on them.
First up – the trailer for SEE, an all-caps Alec-Baldwin-free Apple TV series about being blind while doing some post-apocalyptic camping. The premise: The world’s been destroyed and nobody can SEE but blind actors still aren’t getting cast even in roles for characters who can’t SEE.
On the plus side, Jason Momoa is back in his finest Kal Drogo kit and there’s some lovely styling of rustic interiors that may push me into finally buying a fake-fur throw for our futon couch. Also: Good to see actors of color in lead roles.
On the minus side — again, none of the leads appear to be, you know, blind. Kind of a big thing. And in a world gone blind…the lighting is fabulous and we’re still just off the Highway to Heaven, trope-wise.
But the biggest problem was that I was hopelessly distracted by a cascade of questions throughout every glorious second of SEE’s trailer. Note that none of them will cause me to search out their answers by enduring even one entire episode.
In no particular order, here is the the torrent of questions that roared through my mind during the trailer like a beautifully photographed waterfall that a blind lead character can’t SEE but can presumably hear, which makes me think about how HEAR might have made more sense if you really couldn’t go beyond painfully unimaginative one-word titles:
1. Speaking of, did the screenwriters text or literally phone in SEE as their one-word title?
2. Is there nanotechnology available to measure the creative output that gives us an iris with the word SEE in it as the image for a series about blind people?
3. Why am I not surprised at the lack of audio description?
4. Was that lack of audio description intended to protect the producers from blind people accessing this ridiculous series about blind people?
5. Is saying SEE‘s disability narrative has a point of view problem an understatement or its mission statement?
6. How does a blind Kal Drogo know that tiny babies can SEE?
7. Wasn’t Apple’s thing “Think different”?
8. Did the series-makers even notice they were choosing to tell this particular story using a visual medium? (Not that there’s anything wrong with audio descriptions.)
9. How did blindness score a post-apocalyptic disability exclusive (PADE) and shove out, like, deafness, and would my menopausal crankiness also be “magical or evil”?
10. Why is the blind person in charge who’s ranting about the “evil of light” beautifully lit by a giant flame?
11. Did the lighting crew ever get to go home early?
12. Are they really portraying literacy as incompatible with being blind?
13. Kal Drogo’s fighting to save children cause they’re children — not because they can SEE, right? RIGHT?!
VERDICT: This trailer is a junker. As anyone can SEE.
FUCKABILITY™ RESEARCH COUNCIL (FARC) IS A PIECE OF LETTERHEAD HOUSED ON THE TALES FROM THE CRIP WEBSITE. FARC’S MISSION IS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF HOLLYWOOD’S LACK OF AWARENESS THAT MANY DISABLED ADULTS FUCK IN GROUPS OF ONE OR MORE. ALL VIEWS EXPRESSED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND DENIAL.