After a tumultuous start to the season for our cast of characters, most of the gang is finally back together again under one in the latest episode of See season 2 on Apple TV+. But that doesn’t mean there’s any less drama to go around.
Those who tuned in last week will know that the motley crew of Baba Voss, Paris, Haniwa, Tamacti Jun, and Charlotte finally found their way to Pennsa after an arduous journey. Tamacti Jun is still required to lay low due to everyone’s belief that he has been dead, but he’s able to point Baba Voss and Haniwa in the direction of the fortified residence where Maghra is staying.
The reunion between father, mother, son, and daughter is touching and feels highly satisfactory after watching each of these characters go through harrowing fits and starts to get to this point.
If only it could last.
In a surprise to no one, Maghra’s new husband for political reasons, Lord Harlan, interrupts the family reunion to welcome Baba Voss into his home and inform him that Maghra is now his own wife as well. Baba Voss takes this about as well as you’d imagine a Trivantian soldier might, but the Queen steps in before things get too ugly. In order to celebrate the reunification of the royal family, she throws a lavish dinner on the spot.
While scenes of people sitting around and talking aren’t often the most exciting moments in any TV show, this is a real highlight of the episode of See. The newly constructed royal family consisting of vastly different personalities, abilities, social classes, etc. gives a great slice of the unique world of this show in microcosm. The verbal jabs and quippy dialogue are also some of the best moments the season has delivered so far.
Elsewhere around town, Kofun continues to deepen his relationship with Toad, the Witchunter commander who sacrificed his own crew to keep the Queen’s orders and bring Kofun back to the family safely. Kofun asks Toad to be his mentor and trainer so that he can learn to fight for himself and defend his family without having to rely on others.
However, it turns out he isn’t Toad’s only visitor for the day. Later on, he is found by Tamacti Jun, who reveals himself to still be alive and very much against the Queen’s agenda to make war with Trivantes. Tamacti Jun asks Toad to give a secret message to Maghra for them to meet later on.
Back at the House of Enlightenment, Edo Voss has made himself extremely comfortable and continues his preparations to overthrow the corrupt monarchy. His lieutenant and right-hand woman, Wren, urges him to accept the monarchy’s offers of peace despite the fact that Trivantes never attacked the kingdom in the first place as the Queen claimed — a remarkably tough sell for Edo. The fact that Wren is both sighted and she helped Haniwa escape Trivantes after she fell in love with her are factors that she neglected to mention.
Back in Pennsa, Maghra encounters Tamacti Jun for the first time since believing him to be dead, and she tells him of her plan to depart for Trivantes as a means of negotiating peace between them and the monarchy. Tamacti Jun and Baba Voss both urge her that this is a bad idea, and rightly surmise it is probably just a stall tactic to allow the Trivantians time to bring their armies from the west in order to mount an attack. Despite these warnings, Maghra informs the two military men that she intends to go through with the diplomacy, sighting a secret plan (or several) that she simply needs to execute.
When Kofu arrived at Pennsa last week, his initial interactions with the Queen were somewhat unsettling, to say the least, and it hasn’t taken long for this episode of See to go exactly where some may have feared it might. Earlier in the episode, while Kofun and Haniwa share a rare quiet moment, the former defends the Queen’s aggressive maneuverring somewhat, saying that it’s her duty to protect her kingdom through whatever means she feels necessary.
Queen Kane clearly picks up in this sliver of loyalty and absolutely runs with it in a late moment in the episode where she confides in Kofun that she miscarried her sighted baby. Explaining that she must deliver on this promise as Queen, she invites Kofun to let her assist in helping him “hear the counsel of God.” As longtime viewers of the show will know, the process for praying in this particular world involves physically orgasming, so you can guess where this situation leads. It’s a big mess for the newly united royals, and its eventual discovery is yet another huge ticking timebomb.
Finally, an episode of See wouldn’t be complete without a shocking final image. This time it comes courtesy of Lord Harlan receiving a message from a courier. The Lord’s brother’s horse is found in the woods with a package. To his horror, Harlan opens it to find his brother’s severed head, a clear message of aggression and grim things to come.
While this episode easily features the least action of any this season, it also felt like the most entertaining and fastest-paced yet. Now that the various threads of the season’s storylines are coming together, the simple execution of quippy dialogue, shocking turns, and grounded character moments are tantalizing enough to hold our attention and keep us waiting in anticipation for the next twist around the corner.
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