Watchmen - HBO - Fall 2019

Created by Damon Lindeloff
(Lost, Star Trek Into The Darkness)

Cast
Regina King as Angela Abar
Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford
Tim Blake Nelson as Looking Glass
Louis Gossett Jr. as Old Man
Adelaide Clemens as Pirate Jenny
Andrew Howard as Red Scare
Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Tom Mison as Marcos Maez / Mime
Sara Vickers as Erika Manson / Marionette
Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford
Jacob Ming-Trent as Panda
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abraham
Dylan Schombing
Adelynn Spoon as Emma Abar
Lily Rose Smith
Jean Smart as Agent Blake

“We have no desire to ‘adapt’ the twelve issues Mr. Moore and Mr. Gibbons created thirty years ago,” Lindelof wrote. “Those issues are sacred ground and they will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted.”

He adds, “They will, however be remixed .”

To Lindelof, his new series takes the events of the original as canon but fast forwards to our current time, far removed from the drama of the Watchmen and what repercussions their actions have left upon the world.

In short: Watchmen on HBO is a sequel, just not the sort of sequel you’re used to. While Jeremy Irons is starring as an aged Ozymandias, and armed vigilantes have appropriated Rorschach’s mask, the new series is only loosely tied to the actual characters and story of the original.

We’re not seeing Dan/Nite-Owl II and Laurie/Silk Spectre II living as married couple under new identities. We’re not following Doctor Manhattan living in isolation on Mars. And we’re definitely not seeing an adaptation of Doomsday Clock the actual comic book sequel that includes DC heroes like Batman and Superman in the story of Watchmen.

But nothing ends, anyway.

New Comic Con trailer

I watched the first 3 episodes the other day. If you’re into dark and violent this is your show. So far the show is less a superhero show and more a murder mystery set in a world where cops wear masks and lie about their jobs to protect themselves, and their family and friends.

In 1921 there was a real life race massacre in mostly African American town of Greenwood Oklahoma, which is near Tulsa… Depending on what source you believe, between 30 and 350 citizens of Greenwood were killed and dozens of buildings burned down.

In the world of Watchmen, this event supercharged race relations, leading to constant skirmishes between the 7th Cavalry white supremacist group (and their coopted Rorschach masks) and the police. And after a 3 year absense, the 7th Cavalry is back.

I guess in tone its similar to Daredevil. Lots of acrobatic fighting and gunplay. A pretty graphic cow mutilation. A giant blue dildo and a car falling from the sky. There are a few call backs to the original comic/movie like the aforementioned Rorschach masks. Adrian Vight gets his fair share of screen time. Dr Manhattan plays a central role in episode 3, but is never actually seen or heard. Another original character is revealed in episode 3, but I won’t spoil it.

Thanks. Looking forward to watching this and His Dark Materials when i get around to looking at HBO again.

Here is the official final season 1 trailer for Watchmen

I’m not all that familiar with the comics or the movie although I have it, I have not watched it which is a bit surprising since from what I understand it share’s my basic philosophy.

Gonna watch the movie tonight, hopefully and hope it and the new series stay true to what I understand of them.