So we're starting a little "unofficial" thing we're calling the "Watchmen Dept. of Speculation" to keep track of all the hints, rumors, and allegations being throw around about a second season of Damon Lindelof's pseudo-sequel/"remix" of Dave Gibbons/ He-Who-Doesn't-Want-To-Be-Named's classic comic book series.
Following up on yesterday's post covering Regina King's thoughts on a second-season return to the popular HBO series, we have the perfect news item to kick-off our coverage – and it all has to do with awards season.
HBO has made the decision to reclassify Watchmen as a "limited series" – saying in a statement:
"We discussed with the producers and felt limited series was the most accurate representation of the show and any possible future installments."
So why's that important? Because the reclassification and the wording in the statement look to keep hopes of a second season alive – even if it's just a "cover the bases" move on the cable giant's part.
Lindelof hasn't written off the idea of a return to his Watchmen universe, but he has remained noncommittal and emphasized it would take a story on the level of the first season for that to happen. One has to wonder if HBO isn't speaking with Lindelof about taking on a "overseeing executive producer" role and the series becoming a season-by-season anthology similar to FX's American Horror Story and Fargo, and Hulu's Castle Rock.
HBO's Watchmen starred Regina King as Angela Abar, Don Johnson as Chief Judd Crawford, Tim Blake Nelson as Det. Wade Tillman aka Looking Glass, Louis Gossett Jr. as Will Reeves, Adelaide Clemens as Pirate Jenny, Andrew Howard as Red Scare, Jeremy Irons as Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias, Frances Fisher as Jane Crawford, Jacob Ming-Trent as Panda, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Cal Abar, Adelynn Spoon as Emma Abar, Jean Smart as Agent Laurie Blake, Tom Mison as Mr. Phillips, Sara Vickers as Ms. Crookshanks, Dylan Schombing, James Wolk as Senator Keene, Hong Chau as Lady Trieu, Dustin Ingram as Agent Dale Petey, and Lily Rose Smith.
Watchmen is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television; executive producer-writer Lindelof; executive producer/director Nicole Kassell; executive producer Tom Spezialy; executive producer-director Stephen Williams; and executive producer Joseph Iberti.
"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).