Watchmen “See How They Fly”

As I type this, there has been no announcement of a second season of Watchmen, and series creator Damon LIndelof has come out and said he won’t do more.  These nine (nine!) episodes are intended to be a stand-alone story and that’s all.  So, will HBO honor Lindelof’s work and make it a one-and-done, or will the network opt to make more without him?

I know which option I’d prefer.

This is a one-and-done.  There’s no real need to go further than that.

Why would anyone want to?  You know, besides the obvious, monetary reasons.  Artistically speaking, this was a near-perfect nine episodes of television.  Building off the original Watchmen, we get some progressions for many of these characters in a way that felt right.  New characters fit well into this world.  And maybe in a comment that can only come in a post Cold War world, Laurie even shrugs off the idea that exposing Adrian will somehow lead to the end of the world all over again.

That is such a superhero thing to say, if said superhero is incredibly jaded.

Plus, I got to see someone knock out the mighty know-it-all Ozymandias first figuratively and then literally.  I preferred the second, mostly because Wade is awesome like every Tim Blake Nelson character.  The way the background music cut the instant the wrench came down on Adrian’s arrogant head was priceless.  Heck, the fact the guy who catches bullets took a wrench to the head from someone he surely saw as his inferior was priceless.

But the real star was Regina King, and she makes the most of her every line.  Then again, she always does.  Whether it’s saying goodbye to her husband, bonding with her grandfather, or tentatively stepping onto the surface of a pool of water, she just rocks every moment of it.

Now, granted, the show does not deconstruct the superhero genre as well as the original comic mini-series, but who could?  Instead, we got something that was clearly well-organized on every detail–seriously, near the end of the episode, as Angela and her family leave the Dreamland theater, all the letters from the marquee are down aside from “DR M”–, pay homage to the original and its spirit, tells an important story about race in America, and still tells a good sci-fi/superhero story.  I’m a bit late to this party, so I’m not sure what I could add to this that isn’t already out there, but I doubt I’ve seen a better episode of television than episode six.  Maybe a few that were equal, but none better.

And this story ended, ended well, and I don’t need more.  Thanks for the story, everyone who worked on this one.  10 out of 10 potential eggs.

But now, I need something new for Fridays.  Or, more accurately, the last of the original shows from when I started going these weekday writer-ups.

That’s right.  Vikings came back for its final season.

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