Watchmen

Watchmen

An HBO Limited Series

DVD - 2020
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In an alternate history world where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, Detective Angela Abar investigates the reawakening of an extremist terrorist group as they plan to start a mutiny against government agencies.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, [2020]
Edition: EnglishFrench dialogue version
Copyright Date: ℗♭2020
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (527 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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humbleworm
Jan 15, 2021

The original Watchmen graphic novel tells the violent story of several very imperfect superheroes in a disjointed way that doesn't fully make sense until its cathartic but slightly hopeful end. The same holds true for this Watchmen television series, which is set about 30 years later. Much of the content is disturbing and that is part of the point. If you wanted something literary to write an essay about, the original novel is an absolute treasure-trove of pervasive symbolism and themes; the tv series falls short of that but do stick it out to see how the broken pieces fit.

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morphalot
Dec 26, 2020

My goodness. This is a great series. I can see why Regina King won an Emmy for it. By now, it's understood that DC makes terrible movies but their Series and Cartoons are A+. This is about an Alternate Reality America, this is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Police are anonymous and superheroes are accepted in the police force.

There is ultraviolence so it's rated mature

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VonHafenstaaad
Dec 09, 2020

For those of you who loved Alan Moore's Watchmen; don't hold your breath. This show has virtually NOTHING to do with Moore's brilliant Watchmen, or the decent 2009 movie. It's a stupid-fied, politically correct-ified, mishmash train wreck of a series.

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RoyalJellyIII
Dec 09, 2020

I really wanted to like it. I'm all about thought provoking shows, and ideas that challenge society. This show feels like it completely missed the entire point of the original graphic novel. The original Watchmen focused on many different political issues that gave it a larger over arching narrative on society. That's absolutely not what this show does. It's way too on the nose and comes off more like pandering to very specific demographic rather then talking about society as a whole and how all of the systems in it are broken and apart of the problem. It felt disjointed. Story elements make no sense. Characters make decisions that make no sense. Things that should easily be explained to progress the story left the myself and people who I watched this with more confused then engaged. It feels like it takes elements of the original story and misrepresents and misuses them.

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bethurston
Nov 18, 2020

One of the best series I've seen in a long time. Really enjoyed this. Well worth a watch.

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Eagle_dancer
Nov 04, 2020

I guess you have to read the graphic novel to understand this series. The actors were good. Not one of my favorites.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2020

Highly imaginative and full of surprises especially in the final two episodes. The table is set for Season 2 which will be something to watch. Nice music and transitions from scene to scene. Before the murder of George Floyd on May 26, 2020, never heard of The Tulsa Race Massacre (May 31 and June 1, 1921.) The inhuman savage event leads off the series in ep. 1 broadcasted on October 20, 2019. And this quote appears in ep. 3 that was broadcasted on Nov. 3, 2019, well before the mask debate for Covid-19 began in Mar. 2020:
Senator Joe Keen to Agent Laurie Blake: “Masks save lives...”

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leigholson
Jul 18, 2020

This certainly won't be everyone's cup of tea and picks up many years after the classic graphic novel. However, this production is superb and stands on its own merit. Sometimes in this genre, it is easy to get 'lost' but this was clear and had a complete story. Flashbacks were important and added tremendously to the story which isn't always the case; this included important historical context ie. the Tulsa massacre. Regina King is outstanding as are all of the cast, including veterans like Jean Smart who I haven't seen since Fargo. The casting of Tim Blake Nelson was also a great move. I wasn't sure I'd watch this after seeing the first episode but am I ever glad I stayed with it. A unique ride.

JCLIanH Mar 05, 2020

I don't think anyone knew what to make of this. Zack Snyder's film version of watchmen was terrible and proved that adapting Watchmen was a fool's errand in the first place as it is so perfectly suited to its original medium. Was I expecting a sequel series set thirty years after the events of the graphic novel with a thematic focus on American race relations and generational trauma? No, I was not. Did it end up as the most compelling thing I saw all year? It absolutely did. While there is certainly a demand for a second season, I sort of hope they leave it as it is. It's a perfect and thrilling miniseries.

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humbleworm
Jan 15, 2021

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morphalot
Dec 26, 2020

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2020

Many quotes in the net. This is the conversation between Dr. Manhattan and Angela in ep. 8 "A God Walks into a Bar" P1 of 2:

-MANHATTAN: Seven decades later, and 390 million miles away, I fulfill my promise. I'm creating something beautiful. Within the pocket of atmosphere I synthesized, and before the very structures they lived and died in decades earlier, I made Adam and Eve, not in my own image, but in theirs.
ANGELA: I gotta tell you, man, you have a fantastic imagination. What, you got something caught in your throat?
-Six months from now, a friend is telling me I have a profound lack of imagination.
You have friends?
-Perhaps he's more of a colleague. He tried to kill me once.
Wonder why. So, tell me, if you went through all this trouble to create the Garden of Eden, then why'd you leave?
-So I could meet you.
Come on, man.
-I love you.
Oh! We just met. When the fuck did you fall in love with me?

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2020

Many quotes in the net. This is the conversation between Dr. Manhattan and Angela in ep. 8 "A God Walks into a Bar" P2 of 2:

-I was already in love with you.
Before you even saw me?
-I don't... experience the concept of "before."
So, there's no moment?
- Moment?
A moment. When you realize, "Oh shit, I'm in love." For example, I'm looking at you, hiding behind your mask, and I'm having the opposite of that moment. Hmm. You might be pretty good- looking if you didn't cover yourself in blue makeup.
-It's not makeup.
You're naturally blue.
-That's right.
I thought Dr. Manhattan glows.
-I could if I wanted to, but it would attract too much attention.
Come on. Nobody in here is gonna notice. Just glow a little bit.
-I'd rather you remain unsure before you agree to have dinner with me tomorrow night.
My blue friend, you think you may know all about me, but you have made a critical error in your approach. I hate Dr. Manhattan.

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