The mystery only grows deeper in this second episode of Watchmen that ended in a particularly shocking scene at the end of episode one and which now opens up to a growing canvas in this second episode.
As Regina King’s Angela Abar / Sister Night looks into the death of her boss and mentor Tulsa Police Chief Judd Crawford, we soon begin to see a far more complex picture evolving around the now-deceased police chief and the layering from series creator Damon Lindelof is particularly impressive to see unfold.
Drawing back to the backwards and forwards narrative of the original Watchmen graphic novel we begin to see a different portrait of Crandell, one that is both sympathetic and compassionate and entirely dangerous as well. It’s clear that with this series Lindelof is making it hard for anyone to know where this all goes…and it builds out some impressive intrigue.
Like all good drama, things get messy in Watchmen’s second episode “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship” as the Tulsa Police Force becomes wired up and desires to take their frustration out on the citizens of Nixon town, a well-known Seventh Kavalry stronghold. More and more it’s clear that any line between justice and vigilantism has been eradicated in this future alternative-history and things get intense very quickly and the answers both we and Angela seek remain elusive.
Along with Angela’s narrative, we are also returned to the stately manor of our unnamed Lord (Jeremy Irons), and all signs do indeed point to the fact that he may be the infamous Adrien Veidt. Along with owning a horse called Bucephalus, the same name as the steed of Alexander the Great, the Lord also finally sees the completion of his play, The Watchmaker’s Son, which turns out to be a re-telling of the transformation and birth of Doctor Manhatten. It’s in this scene that we also see the Lord’s contempt for anyone beneath him, and there are plenty of shocking moments on screen here.
Episode two of Watchmen only builds the intrigue further and this one is series that I have no idea as to where it’s all going. It’s a puzzle box wrapped inside a puzzle box and I’ll be very intrigued to see where it all moves to from here.
Watchmen airs on Monday’s on SoHo at 2.00pm and 9.30pm and will air later that night on Neon, with repeat screenings on Wednesdays on SoHo from 10.30pm.
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