Watchmen: Lube Man Unmasked! Spoiler: It's Not Alan Moore

One of the things we love about press junkets during Emmy Awards voting season (which wraps up on Monday) is the number of new things you learn about the shows you thought you knew. Sometimes it's a confirmation of something the fans had already pieced together, and other times it's some really brain-blowing stuff that you never saw coming. When it comes to a recent chat that Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindelof and series composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (Nine Inch Nails) had with Rolling Stone, it was more of the latter. While the entire interview (below) is definitely worth checking out, it was the end of the video that caught our attention: an appearance from none other than Lube Man.

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A look at Agent Petey aka Lube Man (???) from Watchmen (Image: HBO)

Who can forget the silver-suited, oil-spraying Lube Man, the masked vigilante who was able to evade Sister Night (Regina King) thanks to some sick speed and a sewer. After making his confusingly ominous presence known for a few minutes, the truth was revealed: Lube Man was none other than Dustin Ingram aka FBI Agent Dale Petey, assistant to former Silk Spectre II turned FBI agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart). As cool as that was to see (and definitely worth checking out) if you were following HBO's supplemental website Peteypedia (which was a great season-long addition) then you know that the final entries/docs posted dropped some ten-ton hits connecting Petey to "The Lubester" (and that his whereabouts were currently unknown). So that means we got our answer, right? I mean, there's no way this wouldn't be canon… right? "I think you should draw your own conclusions," Lindelof said. "I'm really looking forward to the debate over whether or not this is canon… and I'm very concerned about what's happening in Dustin's hallway right now."

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."

A look at Agent Petey aka Lube Man (???) from Watchmen (Image: HBO)
A look at Agent Petey aka Lube Man (???) from 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).

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.