Thursday, December 5, 2019

What I’m Watching: Watchmen

Watchmen: Season 1, Episode 7 “An Almost Religious Awe” (B)

Right before I watched this episode, I accidentally saw some posts online about how crazy it was, and fortunately I didn’t have anything spoiled for me. That said, just like “Westworld,” I’m not sure it’s entirely possible to spoil what doesn’t inherently make sense until much more explanation unfolds. I really liked the episode before this that filled us in on everything involving Will, and this hour was much less clear and more mystery-focused, with two major bombshell developments that change everything. Laurie certainly wasn’t expecting Jane to be in on the master conspiracy that she pieced together when she went over there to chat with her, and Senator Keane seemed particularly eager to share in the delight of what he was building with her. Lady Trieu dropped a few important details of her own as she helped Angela along in the pneumodialysis process, like the fact that the kid Angela thinks is her daughter is actually her mother, who she cloned and then implanted with the important memories so that she can be there to watch Lady Trieu’s major moment. The news that Dr. Manhattan is on Earth, living as a human, and about to be destroyed and somehow harnessed by the members of Senator Keane’s Calvary is quite startling, but not nearly as much as the sight of Angela telling a perfectly calm Cal that he’s not who he thinks he is before hacking his face apart with a hammer. I don’t know what to make of all this, and while I’m all for complexities, I’m in need of some more satisfying clarification in next week’s episode.

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