Thursday, December 19, 2019

What I’m Watching: Watchmen (Season Finale)

Watchmen: Season 1, Episode 9 “See How They Fly” (B+)

I’ve been reading some articles on how this show hopefully won’t be renewed for a second season since it should remain this controlled and contained story, but I couldn’t disagree more. I’d compare it most to “Westworld,” another show that’s often incredibly confusing and even infuriating, yet reveals such depth and complexity that it just needs to be watched more. The second season of that show wasn’t as good as the first, but I have every hope that season three will be infinitely more watchable. I’d sign up for more of this show in a heartbeat. The twists that were revealed hit me completely by surprise since they didn’t even need to occur, and that’s part of what makes this show so brilliant. Trieu showing up to meet Adrian and tell him that he was her father was a shock, and her need to do something incredible and terrible in front of him as payback for him not wanting her was truly intriguing. Senator Keane gave his big speech about what they were doing in the sake of rightful racism, including a mention of how Judd and Jane were purposely trying to get close to Angela because they knew Cal was Dr. Manhattan, and then he got himself melted into goop by Trieu before she found herself eaten apart by the squid that Adrian sent to save the day. Laurie trying to arrest Adrian demonstrated that she still believes in law and order even after everything she saw, and I have a feeling he won’t go quietly into another prison of someone else’s making. Looking Glass showed up to help too, which was nice, and now it’s up to the two of them to rebuild after all of these threats converged on Tulsa. Angela eating the egg and then testing out whether she has in fact inherited Dr. Manhattan’s powers was a fantastic ending, and I’m still reeling from everything that this show threw at me this season. I look forward to analyzing it and recommending it more to other people, and I sure hope that we’ll get another chance to see what’s going on in this dark, immensely fascinating universe.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Regina King as Angela

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