Anybobby watching the new Watchmen series? I'm all caught up now and just.. whoa.
I'm a purist in that I like Alan Moore's writing a lot and respect that they are complete works. If there were more story to tell in Watchmen, it would have been longer. Writing lengthy sequel and prequel stories ad infinitum for money is like, the opposite of what we should take away from reading Alan Moore. He's stuffy (to put it mildly) about people adapting his comic books, because he wrote comic books! He didn't write a movie script or a TV show, Alan Moore wrote Watchmen because he had something to say, and he knew that the best way to say it was via comic book. The original Watchmen is a brutal story dealing with truly adult themes, beyond typical graphic sex and violence. The original series is Alan Moore's response to the Cold War paranoia of his time, and should be respected as its own work of art.
But then they gave the movie to Zack Snyder, who did his best, and now all bets are off. We're a cinematic universe now, baby. There's a canon, a timeline, an official wiki. We've exited Fine-Art--And-Literature 500 and entered Modern-Pop-Series 105. Let's dive into the accumulated filth that's foaming up about our waists, shall we?
HBO gave Watchmen to David Lindelof. Yeah.
But it's actually good. What? Yeah, it's actually good. Actually good. As in, this is Watchmen. This isn't Watchmen with Nite Owl II, Silk Spectre, and Dr. Manhattan though, oh no. That was 1985. This is 2019 and nobody gives a crap about the Russians, or Rorschach any more. Watchmen isn't about the Cold War. Watchmen is about
The characters in this show are just as broken, hurt, traumatized, and scary as their counterparts in the original Watchmen comic. There's really no one to fully root-for, as everyone seems like they're unstable and unwell. If I had to sum up Watchmen in one word, it would be trauma. It's not a fun show, it's a heart-jerker and suspense thriller. There are action scenes where people beat each other to death with their bare hands (you know, superhero stuff) but it's certainly more of a detective show than Zack Snyder's action movie. I would compare the first 6 episodes of Watchmen to the first season of True Detective, which is very high praise. Highly recommend the show, even to purists.
Looking Glass, the character pictured above, is one of my favorite characters in all of television right now. This show really just throws you around in his story for a while and by the time you leave, you see things from his point of view and everything is different. His origin was the best episode of any series I've seen in a long time.