Episode by episode, Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen continues to grow ever interesting and this latest episode, “Little Fear of Lightning”, draws back in time as we witness Adrien Veidt’s extra-terrestrial trick and the fallout that followed.
From this moment we move deeper into the paranoid mindset of Tulsa Police detective Wade Tillman better known as Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson), and he’s an incredibly interested portal into a brand new episode of this compelling series.
As an actor Nelson is a damn fine specimen of the craft of acting and this is considerably amped up here in “Little Fear of Lightning”, as we get to see the inner turmoil that powers his character. Hiding away from the world at every turn and paranoid and almost delusional thanks to the psychic fallout of the alien invasion of November 2, 1985, we get to see just how far this alternative world has changed since Veidt’s great trick on them, and the result is something that is enough to drive anyone crazy.
This episode really carries itself with a great Kafkaesque quality to it, and I for one was very intrigue by the frightening persecution complex that shapes this episode, and Wade’s obsession for the truth….but when this is finally revealed to him, and the reality of the 7th Kavalry comes into play, everything we had led to believe is shattered and Lindelof absolutely shakes up where this story is going.
Alongside Wade’s fears we also return to great manor house of Adrian Veidt (Jeremy Irons), whose grand plan for escaping his isolated prison finally comes into fulfillment, and just like the shocking revelation of Wade’s own truth comes into focus, Veidt’s quest for freedom is sure to leave Watchmen fans completely wide-eyed when it shows just how far Veidt still has to go for his escape.
Episode five really shakes things up here with Watchmen and if you thought you had an idea where this eries was going, well, I’m sorry to say that you’ll be sadly mistaken here. This series is going left, right, up and down and all the way from A to Z and you certainly won’t guess where it all goes from here. And I think we’re just scratching the surface of what Watchmen truly is.
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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