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.
Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws and must embrace the nostalgia, Detective Angela Abar investigates the reemergence of a white supremacist terrorist group inspired by the long-deceased moral absolutist Rorschach.
A very good limited series with great technical elements and ideas, but inconsistent character engagement
Watchmen is very well done and I think it completely deserves the love it's been getting. I thought the graphic novel was decent but not as good as I was expecting, the movie was a solid adaptation, and this show is comfortably the best of the three. The cinematography is fantastic and the ensemble cast is very good throughout the show. I also like the structure of focusing more heavily on a specific character or characters for a given episode, with the episodes focusing on Will and Jon being my two favorites of the show (honorable mention to my boy looking glass too!). The setting makes complete sense as a blend of our present world with what you'd expect the world to look like 30 years after the events of the original Watchmen, and the themes centered on racism, religion, and justice fit like a glove. The show was at its best with Regina King taking center stage, fighting for justice as the seventh cavalry scheme. I really didn't enjoy Veidt, as he felt like a ridiculous caricature of himself, even in the scenes before Europa. He was such a compelling character originally because he is a brilliant narcissist who is solely concerned with judging himself to have always done the right thing, but here he is completely lacking that ambition and aggression that was core to his character, leaving him as empty, silly comic relief that isn't funny. I love the idea of Triue, and thought it was a great performance, but the script was a bit too extreme in making her seem robotically hungry for power and inhuman. The emotional heart of the show is Jon and Angela's relationship, and the acting and dialogue was good enough for me to be invested in it, but it wasn't too convincing that Angela would commit to a relationship with someone who's really powerful but has no human side. I never felt like I truly understood why she was so invested in him and their relationship. On net, the character problems are for the most part minor and I think every individual character same Veidt and Triue were excellently characterized and had compelling arcs. I'm leaving it as a solid 7 now and could easily move it up to an 8 later as the themes settle, but either way this is a smart, very well executed show worth watching.
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