I involuntarily caught this show. I’m juggling a lot of different apps and it was HBO’s turn to be my top spot. I added it on to my Hulu subscription so that I could watch “The Outsider” and “The New Pope”. I didn’t know that “The Watchmen” would grab me.
And it didn’t. Not at first. I remember being underwhelmed by the film a decade ago and the first two episodes didn’t click right away as to where we had left off from the film. It’s a slow burn and like “The Killing” it’s one that you have to give room to breathe. Regina King blew me away and following her on this journey made for a binge-worthy show.
Survivors and Debt
Bad shit went down in this small Oklahoma town in the 1920’s. People were killed, families were torn apart and justice was never served. As the show will lay out, that shit happens everywhere. What it explored was to ask, what is our responsibility to this pain?
If you survive horrible trauma, do you continue with your life and live like the haters never wanted you to? Or do you seek out revenge? Let’s go with option B and think it through. What happens if you seek out that revenge? Does it satiate your anger and pain? Are you then granted a clean slate? I don’t know. I want to say that you don’t go after them, that you live your life and leave them be, but I’m also petty and if it was my family that was harmed everyone would die. But that’s someone following their baser instincts.
Co-workers were glued to this show and excited every week to learn what was coming up next. I was able to binge it in a single weekend, so I didn’t suffer the angst they did of having to wait. (It’s why I’m saving the remainder of “The Outsider” until I can watch it all at once).
The main characters were all dealing with life from a point of pain and you really can’t take that away from anyone. How they deal with that pain you also can’t remove. I didn’t have any answers, I just sat back and waited to see what happened next.
Walking with Titans
Something that I don’t see a lot in comic book films is that if superheroes did exist, there would be a lot of basic bitches out there trying to steal their powers. They would be blinded by their want for immortality and unimaginable power that they would step into a machine that looked like a prop from the movie “The Fly” and expect the right results off the bat.
Do I sometimes wish that I had superpowers? Of course, especially when I’m standing in a thirty minute line at Costco. The way I look at it, if people like Jeff Bezos aren’t blue and glowing, it means it’s not possible at this time.
There was an entire organization of sociopaths that thought they should have the powers of Dr. Manhattan. Can you imagine the balls it would take to wake up an average human with average abilities, look in the mirror and believe that you should be granted the powers of a demigod that can travel through the galaxy? Not only do you believe it, but you give speeches about it at your meetings the same way you would pitch time share space at a Howard Johnson conference room in Orlando? What “Watchmen” got right is that people will wish for big things no matter how unrealistic and if they can get a following, they’ll make themselves seem legitimate.
All of Our Moments, All at the Same Time
Mr. Manhattan experiences time differently than others. He has the ability to be everywhere all at once. For the woman that he loved, he implanted a chip to forget who he was so that he could live a normal life with her. That always gets me. Characters with the ability to be anywhere and do anything just want to be loved and live a normal life. What they had was poetic. He also knew before they had even finished their first date that it would end in tragedy.
When he says goodbye to her he tells her that he is experiencing all of his memories with her all at the same time and that he loves her. Take away special powers and the supernatural element and we’re all the same. We are a collection of our memories and the moments we hold precious.
I’m glad that this is a limited series. It completed a story and gave us a lot to think about. It taught us that Regina King can carry an entire season of an action-packed series and that she is no longer just the girl from “227”. We need more series like this on television.