As We See It
As We See It sees three roommates on the autistic spectrum going through the motions of everyday life. Accompanied by their aides, the friends that they make along the way and their very encouraging and often protective family, Jack, Violet and Harrison find love and work, endearing themselves to the audience with charming personalities.
The series begins light and humorous, but the struggles the main characters face are very real. It’s that sense of reality that really keeps the story grounded, despite the heightened emotions and tension. As events unfold, the viewer begins to understand the frustration carers and aides experience, but, in contrast with some other representation of autism in the media (notably Music and Jack of the Red Hearts), As We See It keeps the focus on the neurodivergent main characters, giving them voices and personalities outside of their differences. The narrative highlights how situations affect them, rather than everyone else around them. In essence, they are the actual centre of their story, not a crutch everyone else works around.
There are layers and nuances to the different manifestations of autism, and the series does a very good job of showcasing the wide range. It’s especially important to note that the three main actors are all on the spectrum as well, lending genuine authenticity to their performances. Script-wise, there’s a little bit of heartache, but a lot of warmth, brightness and wonder. The show’s greatest feat is definitely the characterisations – of the three roommates and of those around them. Because of this, it is easy to become invested in Jack, Violet and Harrison’s efforts and journeys; their successes become the audience’s too.
In terms of production, everything is simple. The warm filters go along with the sentimental and heartwarming tone of the script. Slow and bubbly, the soundtrack is a small aspect that slightly elevates the overall product, and its absence indicates the seriousness of some scenes. In general, there’s nothing too fancy in the editing. Instead, the series lets the script breathe and tell the story in its own small way. The close-ups on the characters’ faces highlight emotional consequences of choices made, as well as moments of bliss. Little touches like these help tell the story in its purest form.
As We See It is released on Amazon Prime Video on 21st January 2022.
Watch the trailer for As We See It here: