Things took a turn with this new episode of Watchmen, and just like its comic book source material the narrative took a turn to the left as a familiar face entered upon the scene in the form of Laurie Blake, the former Silk Spectre who is now a FBI agent and who has completely evolved from her source material self.
Bitter, hard-edged, angry and extremely direct, this elder Laurie Strode, played by Jean Smart, is the ultimate non-believer in this world of masked vigilantes and has little to no patience with the Tulsa Police or abiding by their rules. She’s an absolute take-no-prisoners character and makes for a very interesting frame from which to see the story move forward and I really dug what she brings to this developing story.
While so far in Watchmen we’ve seen the whole idea of vigilantes as they ‘can-do’ characters, Laurie is really the idea where it all goes wrong. And what happens when you’re left to pick up the pieces. It’s an interesting re-examination of a character and specifically related to this new chapter of the source material, and Jean Smart’s performance is right on the money.
Episode 3, ‘She Was Killed by Space Junk’ is really more of an introspective episode more than anything. Yes we do get some full-on action set pieces right at the end of the episode, but it is very much an examination of our characters, most specifically Smart’s Laurie Strode, but also the aforementioned Lord of the Manor, played by Jeremy Irons who is finally revealed to audiences as the one and only Adrien Veidt, better known as Ozymandias, or the man who pulled the greatest ever trick on humanity.
This reveal is a monumental piece of the show and it’s really going to shape where things will now move forward with Watchmen, and after watching episode three of Watchmen, and being introduced to these different characters I’m absolutely committed to where this show goes 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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