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Damon Lindelof and his team refuse to hold back as they continue to subvert expectations in the absolutely confounding, but positively riveting "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship."
Watchmen dutifully follows [Angela] direction, using its second episode to lay foundation while pushing along current events just enough to keep momentum.
It's definitely the weakest of the six episodes HBO sent to critics prior to premiere, because you can feel it sweating in a way that tour de force premiere didn't, and the way the ensuing episodes largely don't.
This is propulsive, confident television, bursting with ideas and urgency.
The show's creators begin to have more fun playing with time in this episode, not just in the flashback, but by revealing little bits of information that make a bigger impact during a second watch.
While the role-reversed racial politics aren't fully fleshed out, the story of grief and betrayal is told with cinematic deftness.
The second episode doesn't match up to last week, though flabby flashbacks and red herrings don't dampen a richly-drawn world we're eager to see more of.
While the first episode laid the groundwork for this universe, the second episode served as a bridge into what's to come this season.
"Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship," answers some lingering questions from the pilot, but it leaves more questions in its wake.
The America of Watchmen is just like real America, but with the addition of x-ray goggles and superheroes, except the superheroes all seem kind of unhinged and borderline villainous.
If the task of the first episode of Watchmen was to establish the show's world and starting to introduce us to the cast, the task of the second episode is to consider everything in the first episode.
There's seven more episodes ahead, and just as the novel slowly revealed information this seems to do the same. More information is to come, more layers to be revealed. All that's left to do is wait.
This week's Watchmen was, for the most part, riveting. And occasionally, confounding!