Watchmen (Pilot Episode), 2019
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Watchmen is a 2019 superhero drama series. Created by Damon Lindelof, the series stars Regina King, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Don Johnsons, Jeremy Irons, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Hong Chau and Sara Vickers.
Watchmen is set in an alternative 2019 where cops wear masks, superheroes are outlawed (Batman would thrive), there’s no such thing as internet or cellphones and legendary actor Robert Redford has been President of the United States for the last 30 years.
In a year with already GOOD television, Watchmen arrives and delivers a stellar pilot episode which only promises for GREAT television. A rich and powerful episode that’s captivating, well directed, well written and brilliantly performed (shout out to Regina King and Don Johnson).
In this reality, it’s the police (fuck them still) who have masks and cool costumes. The ones in uniform cover their faces with yellow masks while the detectives have like full-on costumes. They do this because in the series, a white supremacist group known as the Seventh Kalvary, attacked the police in their households in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Causing cops to resign in numbers thus leaving very few of them.
In the pilot episode, the Seventh Kalvary has been thought of as dead for years but now they’re back, and they’re killing popo again. Early in the episode a cop in yellow gets shot and the police go on full alert. In comes in Detective Angela Abar (Regina King), who has adopted the persona of Sister Night. However, when we first meet her, she’s showing a bunch of kids how to make cookies. Later, she changes into an ass-kicker who gives zero fucks about racists and man it’s absolutely amazing to watch. To everyone else, Angela is retired and planning on opening a bakery, but it’s all a front. Like Bruce Wayne and his Batcave, Angela uses her bakery as her secret hideout for whenever trouble arises.
In the first episode already of the series, you can see that a lot of thought has been put into the world-building and characters. It deals with very real-life issues, from police brutality and racism. The writing and directing take on these issues in such an authentic way, that it doesn’t feel preachy and man it’s a ride. HIGHLY recommend this series to everyone!!
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