Watchmen follows Angela Abar (Regina King) who is a cop in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After cops are being repeatedly targeted by the white supremist group, The Seventh Calvary, Angela’s world gets turned upside down and she unexpectedly learns her family history.
Watchmen is a chilling show with the way it tackles white supremacy. It’s scary that in some respects Watchmen resembles our reality today. Racist groups and the Ku Klux Klan are still around and are often not deemed as terrorist groups, when they are.
Regina King shines as Angela. Of course, she’s badass as her alter ego, Sister Night. But she is finding herself in a vulnerable place, where the people she loves are in danger. Angela’s family history is rich, but also full of pain and struggles. But I think we should all know more about where we come from, and Watchmen illustrates that as Angela understands more about herself.
I have had no experience with Watchmen before this I haven’t seen the Zack Snyder film and haven’t read the source material. You don’t need to know anything about Watchmen to enjoy the show, but I think it helps if you are familiar with the story and characters, because I did find myself confused at times. I mean, Alien squids? What was that all about? Everything is explained eventually, but there are plenty of weird things that happen in Watchmen especially with Jeremy Iron’s character that I left me completely lost. But as said before, everything is explained in the latter half of the series.
Jean Smart and Tim Blake Nelson’s Looking Glass were other standout characters. Smart plays a FBI Agent in charge of the Anti-Vigilante task force. She’s a badass in her own right, but is still hung up over her ex. Looking Glass is a paranoid character, fearful of the giant alien squid that fell from outer space and killed millions of people. He has the ability to discern the truth from people, but he doesn’t let anyone get too close to him emotionally.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Angela’s husband, Calvin. His arc in the series took me by surprise. And this has me excited about his future roles. Lastly, I don’t even know how to explain Jeremy Irons’ character. I think all I can reveal is that he is a narcissist that is stuck on another planet.
The most impressive aspect of the series to me though was the writing. To me, each episode is like a piece of a puzzle. There are plenty of outlandish things that happen in the series that wouldn’t work if the writing wasn’t as strong. Damon Lindelof the creator of this show, the way he updates the story and makes the stakes so personal to the protagonist really grabbed and impressed me. Watchmen was never something I was interested in before, but because of the acclaim I gave the show a shot and am now interested in the original story. Believe the hype you have heard, because this show lives up to it.
Watchmen is inventive and original. The way Lindelof adds tension via racial relations into a darker, “superhero” world makes this show feel more real. It’s not a show for everyone, there’s plenty of weird elements that just won’t work for some, but it’s one of the best shows of last year. This is actually my second watch of the show, and I was able to understand and catch more things this time around. And I was still utterly blown away by the show’s brilliance despite it being my second watch.
I give Watchmen an A.