First of all, there is a guy with a panda head mask in this show and it's freaking awesome! Here's the thing. Of course it's hard to judge right now, however, with this 1st episode I can truly say that this show is everything I had hoped it would be. It had my heart racing from beginning to end. And damn, what an end. I'm not one for having to watch something weekly. When I got addicted to GOT the wait was the hardest part. That said, this wasn't an end I saw coming, at least not so soon. So allow me if you will to try to get into the meat of it all without spoiling anything,
The first episode of Watchmen opens with a powerful reenactment of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, before moving on to an alternate yet strangely similar version of America set in present day. The significance of starting with that imagery truly set the tone and pace of the whole episode and possibly the entire season.
The Watchmen is no stranger to controversy. And just like the original series spoke to the vietnam war and certain politics. The HBO series definitely pulling from that to shine a light on everything from racism to gun control, to police conduct. It's a very great point of view. And great continuity as well as this series takes place roughly over 30 years after the events of the original comic where Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias released a giant squid to kill a crap ton of people to unite mankind. I know, it sounds silly, but that was one of the best parts of this episode. When it started raining squids. It took me a second to get it, but once I did. I was more hooked than I already was.
Simply put, episode one sets the framework of a world built on the foundation of the original comic book. Alan Moore should really be proud, even though we all know he's not. That aside though. Produce Damon Lindelof is doing a beautiful job so far at creating a jump off point for old fans and new. And doing it all around the idea of white vs black where black is the power seat and white is the bottom self is an interesting take all in and of itself. At first glance you get the vibe that the police are fighting racism but that all changes when you hit the end. Because a series of things transpire that lead you to believe there is more than meets the eye.
Angela Abar is a strong black female officer and minds are blown. Played by Regina King, this character is fierce, funny, and smart. And I can't wait to see what's next for her now that things are starting to unravel so to speak. In fact I can't wait to see what's next for all the characters introduced in this episode like the Seventh Cavalry, the white supremacist group that rocks the Rorschach masks. Or to find out what exactly is going on with Adrian Veidt, played by Jeremy Irons, who was the ORIGINAL voice of Scar! The first villain I've ever loved.
Again I don't want to get into spoilers. Just know that if you're a new fan or an old one. This series is off to a great start. Awesome set design, terrific music, and a new perspective. 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...I mean Regina King, a guy in a Panda mascot Head, and Scar! Do I really need to say more?