Watchmen series creator Damon Lindelof's been making the most of the social distancing/self-quarantining time we're finding ourselves in. First, there was the "Washmen" video reunited a large chunk of the cast to push everyone into safer hand-washing practices (more on that in a moment). Now, the creator of HBO's pseudo-sequel/"remix" of Dave Gibbons/ Alan Moore's classic comic book series Watchmen is revealing the unexpected mind-crushing connection between the coronavirus PSA and a parody comic from the mid-'80's.
But the real reason to check out the post below? Lindelof's touching story of the time he spent with his father reading comics – and just how much Moore's works factored into his childhood:
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My dad passed away back in 2002. One of the unexpected blessings of this crisis is the opportunity to finally go through the sixty boxes of comics he collected over his life and catalogue them with my own son. Today, after finding all ten issues of V for Vendetta, we arrived at the alphabetical inevitability of Watchmen. The original twelve issues my old man and I read and reread. Then, nestled behind them, this indy parody from '86. Whoa. Stay safe. Stay home. Stay together.
Last week, Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jean Smart, and many more got together to show all of us the easiest way to join the "Washmen" – and it doesn't involve a "secret handshake" – in fact, shaking hands is the last thing they want us doing right now:
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"Watchmen": The Bleeding Cool 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 (check out our 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) – 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 Kavalry's plan.
With 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 Kavalry-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).