Based on the original comics of the same name in the 1980s, Watchmen is a real gift of a television show. The first episode aired in October 2019 and is a powerful and essential watch.
It covers important social justice issues, particularly racism, which means this is more than just entertainment; it’s a prose on an alternative world (or nearby version of it) and what things will look like if we don’t get our shit together.
It follows vigilantes fighting for the justice that we all want to see in society but have been outlawed. Naturally, there is violence with plenty of fight scenes. But they are exacting and succinct because the show relies on other strong factors to make it great, rather than a twelve minute, over choreographed fight scene.
The main protagonist (a newly created character) is a powerful, commanding woman called Angela Abar (played by Regina King) who lives a double life and has an extensive backstory and layers to keep her incredibly intriguing. King purports of her character ‘This woman is complex, she’s flawed. Heroes struggle, too.’ Which is probably in part due to the fact that seven of the twelve writers are women.
The show’s creator, Damon Lindelof, commented on being a white man creating a show that focuses on black history:
‘I’ve made a career of basically putting white people on billboards, and I keep making television shows about really attractive men in their mid-40s who are having existential and spiritual crises. I’m in a position to do something different and this is something that I care about, too.’
The spec fic masterpiece has perspicuous storytelling, a brilliant cast and ever more brilliant soundtrack. Even if you aren’t a superhero comic fan and can’t seem to get into other DC and Marvel shows, Watchmen is the one that you will.
Should I watch Watchmen?
Without a shadow of a doubt.
You will like Watchmen if you like:
- Any superhero and villain shows or movies.
- Castle Rock
- The 2009 film version of Watchmen