Watchmen is set to ascend to the throne as HBO’s top television show (if the pilot is any indication). I’m even willing to state that it will be the TV show people buzz about on Monday morning (in the same way Game Of Thrones was). Damon Lindelof’s writing is impeccable. The ensemble is simply fantastic. However, what makes this show click is that it doesn’t attempt to reinvent the Universe the Zack Snyder brought to us years ago. A couple of things you need to know is that Watchmen is inspired by the graphic novel and is not an exact retelling. Lindelof and crew attempt to blaze new trails.
My advice is to stay away from too many spoilers before going into tonight’s episode, but we can give some details. The show takes place in an alternate America where the police have to conceal their faces to protect themselves from a terrorist organization. Detective Angela Abar (Regina King) investigates the attempted murder of a police officer under the guidance of chief Crawford (Don Johnson). We also are introduced briefly to the lord of county estate (played by the fantastic Jeremy Irons).
What I loved about the pilot (and the series … more on that later) is how careful they were to lay the groundwork for this battle between races. The opening sequence is tough to stomach, but one of the more gripping openings to a new series in quite some time. I guess this shouldn’t shock me because anyone who has seen the lost pilot knows that Lindelof has quite a flair for dramatic moments. Regina King is the ultimate badass. The Oscar winner is able to straddle that line between vigilante cop and loving mother/wife. Don Johnson is the perfect mentor, as well. The pace is brisk, and the action sequences are eye-popping.
Overall, this is the type of show which will bring fans of the graphic novel and others who are looking for a new show after Game Of Thrones went off the air. I can’t imagine a better start to a series, and the best part is that it gets better with each week … but we will get into that another time.