By now, we think it's pretty clear who watches HBO and Damon Lindelof's Watchmen: a lot of people who vote on awards. With the series expected to make an impression at this year's Emmy Awards, the pseudo-sequel/remix of The-Writer-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, David Gibbons, and John Higgins' comic book classic was the clear winner of this year's Television Critics Association (TCA) Awards. Actress Regina King would be recognized for her work as Angela Abar aka Sister Night with a win for Individual Achievement In Drama, while the series would go on to win in the Outstanding New Program, Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special, and Program of the Year categories. Pop TV's Schitt's Creek was also a big winner, with a win for Catherine O'Hara for Individual Achievement In Comedy and for the series in the Outstanding Achievement In Comedy category.
Individual Achievement In Drama: Regina King (Watchmen, HBO)
Individual Achievement In Comedy: Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek, Pop TV)
Outstanding Achievement In News and Information: The Last Dance (ESPN)
Outstanding Achievement In Reality Programming: Cheer (Netflix)
Outstanding Achievement In Youth Programming: Molly of Denali (PBS Kids)
Outstanding Achievement In Sketch/Variety Shows: A Black Lady Sketch Show (HBO)
Outstanding New Program: Watchmen (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement In Movie, Miniseries, Or Special: Watchmen (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement In Drama: Succession (HBO)
Outstanding Achievement In Comedy: Schitt's Creek (Pop TV)
Program of the Year: Watchmen (HBO)
Career Achievement Honoree: Alex Trebek
Heritage Award: Star Trek (CBS)
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."
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).