REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 9, “See How They Fly”

HBO’s official description of “See How They Fly,” the Watchmen season (series?) finale, highlights one of the larger sticking points with the sequel series: “Everything ends. For real this time.” In trying to carve out a reason for itself to exist, Watchmen the show undermines the original story by negating its events. Adrian Veidt’s victory …

REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 8 “A God Walks into Abar”

“A God Walks into Abar” fills in plenty of Watchmen’s blanks, particularly the ones last week’s episode created when it revealed that Angela’s husband Cal is actually Doctor Manhattan. There are still elements that don’t make sense, and Angela remains a flat character, but it’s an entertaining installment that’s just as trippy as one would …

REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 7 “An Almost Religious Awe”

If nothing else, “An Almost Religious Awe” assures us that Watchmen is completely off its rocker. This show is bugnuts crazy, and while I imagine Damon Lindelof and the rest of the people behind it think making everything about race is a shortcut to gravitas and intellectualism, the lunacy and slack-jawed idiocy can’t be ignored. …

REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 6 “This Extraordinary Being”

“This Extraordinary Being” is a tough nut to crack. It has what could have been a fascinating story if it existed in a vacuum. Unfortunately, it’s a Watchmen story, and it retcons parts of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons comic book that Damon Lindelof claims he so reveres to fit its narrative. Stilted dialogue, obvious commentary …

REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 5 “Little Fear of Lightning”

“Little Fear of Lightning” suggests that Watchmen’s best episodes will be the ones that aren’t focused on Angela Abar. This week puts Looking Glass under the… let’s got with “microscope,” and manages to be a marked improvement over the previous installment, and even a little better than the Laurie-centric “She Was Killed By Space Junk.” …

REVIEW: Watchmen – Season 1, Episode 4 “If You Don’t Like My Story Write Your Own”

This week’s episode of Watchmen is called “If You Don’t Like My Story Write Your Own” because of course it is. It’s smug, condescending, obnoxious, self-aware to a fault, and both an acknowledgment and dismissal of the audience dissatisfaction Damon Lindelof knew was coming. In other words, it’s the perfect encapsulation of the series so …