The first thing that's worth noting is that this is it. Or at least it should be. Damon Lindelof is done with Watchmen now that the show is over. And I'm quite okay with that. Because what he served up to us was a sheer and utter masterpiece. A show that some critics are calling "the t.v series of the decade". And what a way to end the decade. What a way to present a show in such a short span of time. And what a way for it to go, with quite the bang!
So, how does the first (and hopefully final) season of Watchmen end? With every answer to every question I personally had. Like how did the 7th Cavalry know who Dr. Manhattan was? Answered! What were they doing with all those watch batteries? Answered! Why was Dr. Manhattan walking on the pool so Angela could see? Answered! I mean every potential plot hole was filled in these last two episodes. And it was done with a sexy dominance that really brought the pages of a comic book to ur television screens.
From episode one this show wasted no time meticulously laying the foundation for what would turn out to be the best series ending since the end of season 6 of Game of Thrones where Cersei Lannister killed...well, EVERYONE! I mean, what an ending. That's how I feel about the events of this season finale. It garbs us by the genitals and screams watch me again. See what you missed knowing what you know now.
Well Lady Trieu got her Cersei Lannister moment and it was glorious! Just fu*king glorious. She revealed some secrets about her origin. Who she is, how'd she get to this point, you know. "Boring" stuff. And damn can she act! This episode was the first time in the series that they gave the character more range. And Hong Chau took the ball and ran with it. Showing that she can go from calm to a psychopathic megalomaniac in an instant. One might even say that she is the star of this season finale.
Now, it goes without saying that this episode was well acted and visually amazing. In fact, it's easy to say that of the last 3 episodes in general. And even though everything got wrapped up in a neat little bow. It's would be easy to think that only these last 3 episodes mattered. These were the centerpieces and everything else was just background chatter. And that's not a bad thing.
Every episode felt like a new issue in a limited series run. And if you read comics you can understand how Dr, Manhattan would let this happen. Why would would let it play out. Because this is a version of him, but not the him that already exists across all time. It's really beautifully done if you sit back and think about it.
And you can't talk about this show without addressing the villain. And the fact that the villain of the story was really everyone. Well everyone but Angela. However, the focus of every shot was racism. And how it affects generations. It's about how the hurt of slavery and genocide can be past down from parent to child. About injustice and accountability. About what is fair and what should be or could be done. Damon Lindelof did a beautiful job of telling a story that mattered in a comic book style. Much like how X-Men was used to touch on topics of race back during its rise to popularity.
So I go back to something I said in my very first review of this show:
"It would be easy to sit here as a "black blogger" and praise this episode for it's take on racism both past and present. It would be easy to rave about a black female lead that kicks some serious ass. But there is so much more going on here, I would do the episode and possibly the series a great injustice if I only spoke to that. So do yourself a favor and watch it. If you liked Game of Thrones, WATCH IT! If you liked Westworld, WATCH IT! If you consider yourself "woke", WATCH IT! And If you're alive and just like good tv WATCH IT. You won't be disappointed..."
And I still stand by that sentiment. This show takes what is the norm and flips it on it's head and give you an ending that nails it to the ground. And weather you have or you haven't read the comics, this is a show that will speak to you, draw you in, get you excited, and make you watch.
God Has Fallen! Long Live The Queen...Tick Tock!