HBO’s “Watchmen” Is The Best And Trending TV Show Right Now

Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own.
HBO’s “Watchmen” Is The Best And Trending TV Show Right Now

Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel Watchmen (and, by extension, the 2009 feature film it inspired) is getting a TV sequel from Lost and The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof, examining a parallel world of vigilantes, masked law enforcement and conspiracies that’s bound to be a hot ticket for comic book fans and newbies alike.


“Watchmen takes place in an alternative, contemporary reality in the United States, in which masked vigilantes became outlawed due to their violent methods. Despite this, some gather around in order to start a revolution while others are out to stop it before it is too late, as a greater question rises above them all; who watches the Watchmen?”

The series also introduces a storyline where the police start wearing masks to protect their identities, while a gang of far-right activists called the Seventh Cavalry appropriate the style of original series character Rorschach (who died at the end of the Watchmen miniseries) for their own ends.

"An Almost Religious Awe" is the seventh episode of the first season of Watchmen, which first aired on HBO on December 1, 2019.

Watchmen becomes an aching, beautiful love story in its next-to-last episode.

A complicated love story that spans many years, told in a disjointed fashion that requires viewers to pay close attention, with several moments that ask whether we can ever really know someone we love? Yes please! Can we possibly have seconds?

Much of Watchmen has been marked by how far it strays from creator Damon Lindelof’s typical comfort zone while offering just enough weirdness to remind you that it is, indeed, a Lindelof series. But “God Walks Into Abar” is Lindelof (and co-writer Jeff Jensen) going full Lindelof. The episode in TV history it most resembles is “The Constant,” the time-bending episode of Lost that earned Lindelof an Emmy nomination and is regularly held up by many as one of the best TV episodes ever made.

That “God Walks Into Abar” stands alongside “The Constant” (at least according to me, Vox critic-at-large Emily VanDerWerff) is high praise indeed. That it somehow manages to do so while radically reconfiguring everything we think we know about both this TV adaptation of Watchmen and the original Watchmen comic more generally is an even more amazing trick.

Episode 9 Air date: 15 December 2019


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