That's easier said than done, of course, but they're not fighting alone. With an American FBI agent Brister (voiced by Luke Cage himself, Mike Colter) and Garcia (Vale), a police officer hot on the trail of the cartel and criminal underlord at the center of it all, someone's bound to get to the bottom of the mystery thrust upon them before any more lives are lost. With troubled pasts of their own, the orphan trio must confront their own demons and learn to lean on each other as Master Chiu taught them so that they all may stand. Or, at the very least, stop squabbling and put their talents to use as a group.
Each episode has a hint of the fantastical: a "weeping" statue that appears to cry "tears" that, when ingested, makes you a berserker-type beast, for example. There are shamans that can flash you back to the Vietnam War with a single touch, a skill that aids our heroes in figuring out who was behind the San Simon massacres. There are disembodied fingers, dogs that beef up into monsters, and nightmares that feel so present and real they haunt the characters. Otherwise, Seis Manos is mostly grounded in a semi-realistic setting that makes the first half of the season feel as though this is a hero's journey that could actually happen -- without all the magical realism, of course. By the time you cross the halfway point, though, Seis Manos is so entwined in its mysticism, straddling the worlds of the living and the dead, to the point that the story couldn't possibly resolve without our leads embracing the otherworldly tools at their disposal. At right about that turning point, even the skeptical Brister admits, "Well, shit, I guess magic is real."
Following Chiu's death, the episodes delve into philosophy straight from the Dao, paired with gorgeous style-breaking sequences, as our heroes' mentor knew it, as well as the teachings and values that martial artists seek to instill in their pupils. That's how learning about Chiu's potential involvement in the town's monstrous massacres is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the eight-episode season's twisty storytelling, though nothing ever comes without at least a little foreshadowing. Following the breadcrumb trail is half the fun; the rest is taking in the good old-fashioned pulp and action unfold, rooting for the underdog orphans to prevail.