It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice
Watchmen Season 1



Critic Ratings: 32
Critics Consensus

Along with a breathtaking Regina King, Damon Lindelof successfully remixes present-day issues with superhero themes in the highly entertaining "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice."

Episode Info

Series premiere. Police conceal their identities behind masks in an alternate America to protect themselves from a terrorist organization, but Detective Angela Abar investigates the attempted murder of a fellow officer under the guidance of her friend and Chief, Judd Crawford. Meanwhile, the Lord of a Country Estate receives an anniversary gift from his loyal servants.


Regina King
as Det. Angela Abar/Sister Night
Jeremy Irons
as Adrian Veidt
Don Johnson
as Judd Crawford
Tim Blake Nelson
as Det. Looking Glass
Adelaide Clemens
as Pirate Jenny
Tom Mison
as Mr. Phillips
Frances Fisher
as Jane Crawford
Sara Vickers
as Ms. Crookshanks
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Critic Reviews for It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice

[Watcfhmen] establishes a black, female hero unlike we've ever seen on this scale.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's tremendous.

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These little mysteries and Easter eggs are truly the fun window dressing on a much deeper, bolder, and potentially far more interesting story.

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It's a world made deliberately strange to offer more incisive comments on the bizarre mythologies of our own timeline - which is what made the original Watchmen so special.

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While episode 1 has plenty of strengths, it does little to allay concerns about the show's attitude toward race.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

"It's Summer And We're Running Out Of Ice," tries to bite off a lot, and does so effortlessly. It's of a tone and atmosphere of great importance, and has a lot to say about systemic racism and what kind of world allows white supremacy to rise.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

[Damon] Lindelof and his team have done the improbable and built a compelling work of television that justifies adding on to an iconic story.

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The first episode of the Watchmen HBO series marks one of the best hours of television you will watch this year.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

[Damon] Lindelof and director Nicole Kassell do a masterful job with the pilot.

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Described by showrunner Damon Lindelof as a "remix" of the 80s comic-book source, it's a richly detailed alternate history, a spicy gumbo denoted by its varied soundtrack.

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If there's one note [Regina] King nails in this first episode, it's that Angela is hard and brittle. She's angry, but competent, and single-minded in her pursuit of justice. It's a fascinating, violent, potentially lethal combination.

Nov 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Lindelof and his team have done the impossible - they've captured the superhero deconstruction elements that stood out in Moore and Gibbons' work while also expanding on their world-building.

Nov 1, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…