In Damon Lindelof's defense? He's been saying all along that he had no intention of coming back to craft a second season of HBO's Emmy Award-winning series Watchmen– but that didn't mean the series' universe shouldn't continue to be explored. Now, we're on record saying that we feel Lindelof should go the Fargo route and become "executive creative supervising producer" (yeah, a bit wordy) to advise/guide a new team of writers and directors. Maybe it's the impact that comes with feeling that the experience is "over" now that the television award season has wrapped, but Lindelof has been sounding more and more like he really wants someone else to take the creative baton hand-off. Speaking with Variety after the show's Emmys haul, Lindelof once again threw cold water on his direct involvement but was also willing to invoke a sacred pop culture deity/ex-magical chocolate factory owner to make his point about the "pseudo-sequel remix's" possible future.
"This was the story that I wanted to tell, but it could be much more expansive than this," he says. "Not that I see myself as Willy Wonka, but it's time to bring some other kids into the factory. I couldn't imagine a greater focus for me than to throw open the doors to the factory and say, 'I will show you around and tell you what I learned here, but you've got to bring the ingredients that you want to mix up here and make your own candy.'" HBO (and now HBO Max) head cheese Casey Bloys is on record recently saying that there is nothing currently in the works for more Watchmen and that he can't imagine the series moving forward without Lindelof involved in some manner.
Hmmm… keep watching this space…
Bleeding Cool's Watchmen Reviews: A Look-Back
Bleeding Cool praised how powerful the Nicole Kassell (Castle Rock)-directed series premiere "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice" was (review here), while "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship" kept the momentum going by deepening the conspiracies at play (review here). Jean Smart's Agent Laurie Blake took center stage in "She Was Killed by Space Junk", elevating the tension while serving as "devil's advocate" (review here).
"If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" (review here), introduced us to Lady Trieu (Hong Chau), saw Angela (Regina King) look to Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) for help when things started hitting too close to home and revealed how Adrian (Jeremy Irons) "trains" new servants as his escape attempts continued We learned Wade Tillman aka Looking Glass' "origin story" (and possibly his final days) in "Little Fear of Lightning" (our review here), as Agent Blake places Angela under arrest but not before she goes "nostalgic."
Angela comes to understand her true past and the truth about "This Extraordinary Being" Will (Louis Gossett Jr. – review here), a truth that starts with the formation of the Minutemen. "An Almost Religious Awe" (our review here) brought with it the major reveal that Dr. Manhattan has been with us the entire time, and he's a major part of the Seventh Kalvary's plan.
With the penultimate episode "A God Walks into Abar" (review here), we were offered a look back at the seeds of Angela and "Cal's" tragic (and apocalyptic) love story – the heart of our series. Which brought us to season/series finale "See How They Fly", where the machinations of the Seventh Kalvary, Sen. Keene, Lady Trieu, "Calhattan", Adrian, Angela, and Agent Laurie come to a head – as the world of Lindelof's Watchmen comes to an end… and to a beginning (review here).