Watchmen: Damon Lindelof Knows REAL Origin of Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin

If you were paying attention to the news lately (especially this morning) then you know that Summer 2021 has become the "Summer of Billionaires Going Into Space" (because that's apparently a "thing" we do now?). First, we had Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic heading straight up on July 11. Not to be outdone (though technically since he was second…), Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old pilot Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen did not form the oddest boy band ever. But what they did do was take Bezos' Blue Origin spaceship (wait for it)… straight up.

Now, better folks than I will debate the pros and cons of billionaires spending that kind of money on space trips instead of paying more in taxes or contributing more. Others will debate what the scientific merits are to trips such as these, while even more will question if these launches will really help make public space travel more affordable for the average citizen. Personally, I'm all about HBO's Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof's theory on where Bezos got the idea for "Blue Origin" from. Think back to that scene early in the series's run when Jean Smart's FBI Agent Laurie Blake reaching into her silver briefcase for a little (well, definitely not "little") bluish trip down memory lane (was that enough of a ten-ton innuendo for you?).

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Now, better folks than I will debate the pros and cons of billionaires spending that kind of money on space trips instead of paying more in taxes or contributing more. Others will debate what the scientific merits are to trips such as these, while even more will question if these launches will really help make public space travel more affordable for the average citizen. Personally, I'm all about HBO's Watchmen creator Damon Lindelof's theory on where Bezos got the idea for "Blue Origin" from. Think back to that scene early in the series's run when Jean Smart's FBI Agent Laurie Blake reaching into her silver briefcase for a little (well, definitely not "little") bluish trip down memory lane (was that enough of a ten-ton innuendo for you?). Here's a look at the scene in question that we just referenced in case you were looking to save the thirty seconds a Google search would've required (not judging, we understand):

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Image: HBO

Here's a look at Lindeolf's startling piece of conspiratorial evidence, as the case for our world and the world of HBO's Watchmen merging continues to grow:

A Look Back at Bleeding Cool's Watchmen Reviews

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".

Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen (Image: HBO).
Watchmen (Image: HBO).

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).

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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