Watchmen: Nicole Kassell on Why It Takes Villains to Take Out Villains

Thankfully, we're able to take a break or our "will he/won't he" obsession over Damon Lindelof possibly returning to the universe of his "remix" pseudo-sequel to Alan Moore, David Gibbons, and John Higgins' comic book classic for a little more appreciation of the original series. Currently streaming on HBO Max and set to hit Blu-ray and DVD on June 2, Watchmen offered the fine folks at SYFY Wire an exclusive clip from a behind-the-scenes featurette focusing on two of the universe's "big bads": Adrian Veidt aka Ozymandias (Jeremy Irons) and Lady Trieu (Hong Chau). Executive producer and director Nicole Kassell hosts the segment, emphasizing how from their perspectives, the father-daughter duo has never seen themselves as villains ("Bad guys don't know they're bad. I believe Lady Trieu definitely believes she's going to save the world. I think Veidt did, too"). Kassell also points out that because Vedit's gone down this road before, he became the most reliable voice in the room when it came to how dangerous Lady Trieu could be:

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Jeremy Irons as Adrian Vedit on Watchmen, image courtesy of HBO.

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 (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".

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Lady Trieu and Adrian Vedit meet on Watchmen, courtesy of 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 on board as staff in 2017.

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