It took nine episodes but HBO’s Watchmen series is finally done and it turned out to be every bit the thermodynamic miracle that it promised to be. I have watched a lot of other series and films this year but no one comes close to the orgasmic feeling that this series gave to me which is not because of, I am a DC fanboy but the unpredictable, wonderfully designed and intricately woven story created by Damon Lindelof sprinkled with professional acting, good directing and masterpiece editing here and there.
Watchmen is an American superhero drama television series that continues the 1987 DC Comics series, Watchmen created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The comic book series depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s and their presence changed history so that the United States won the Vietnam War and the Watergate break-in was never exposed. In 1985, the country is edging toward World War III with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most former superheroes are in retirement or working for the government. The HBO series adaptation takes place 34 years after the events of the comics within the same alternate reality. The series focuses on events surrounding racial tensions in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2019. A white supremacist group called the Seventh Kalvary has taken up arms against the Tulsa Police Department because of perceived racial injustices, causing the police to hide their identities with masks to prevent further attacks in their homes by the Seventh Kalvary following the ‘White Night’. Angela Abar, a detective known as Sister Night investigates the murder of her friend and superior, Judd Crawford and uncovers secrets regarding the situations around vigilantism.
In the same way that the original comics dealt with the important issues of its day, Watchmen did also, handling themes from racism to love, family, law enforcement, fate, trauma, extremism and nostalgia. Arguably, Watchmen is the best series this year so far, averaging 7.1million viewers per episode. It was certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 97%, 7.8/10 on IMDb and 85/100 on Metacritic. It has been nominated by Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series among other nominations from American Cinema Editors, Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Satellite Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards. It won the award for the American Film Institute Television Program of the year.
The major question on the lips of everyone right now is, ‘Is there going to be a season two?’ When Deadline asked Lindelof, how many seasons he wanted for his version of the show, he replied, “I’m not being flippant when I say that the answer is one.” He continued we designed these nine episodes to be self-contained as self-contained as the original 12 issues. We wanted to feel like there was a sense of completeness to resolve the essential mystery at hand.” In another interview with Metro UK insinuated that returning to the series was a possibility where he said, “More importantly, I haven’t had any ideas of what subsequent series of Watchmen would be, until those ideas come, I’m content with just letting this one sit out there for a while.” For now, the future of Watchmen is still remains foggy. Beyond the decision of people like Damon Lindelof, the business side of Watchmen is in question as well. In all honesty, I’d really hope to see a subsequent season for Watchmen.