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Guided by the bombastic introduction of the eccentric trillionaire Lady Trieu, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" makes for a truly bizarre, highly captivating experience.
Coded language, deceptive truths, and a general aura of mystery dominate the fourth episode of HBO's Watchmen, an altogether perfect thematic drive for a story framed around a false-fronting billionaire.
Helping matters, to little surprise, is Regina King, who is very much the emotional lynchpin of Watchmen. It's also enormously fun to watch her shifting dynamic with Laurie [Jean Smart].
Well, this was a weird one.
Both Angela and Lady Trieu's daughter's experiences with the past in this episode reminded me of Transparent's second season, which explored how trauma is passed down via genetics.
[Hong] Chau makes the third leading woman who is forty or older to enter Watchmen, and she's every bit as wonderful, calculating, and intimidating as Regina King and Jean Smart.
Watchmen has seamlessly blended world building while keeping the story puttering along, and they keep up this momentum in Episode Four.
We see fairly early on in episode four that she's [Lady Trieu] connected to these events and somehow they are connected to Angela's newly discovered grandfather as well.
The fourth episode of HBO's Watchmen sidesteps the show's less interesting mysteries in order to spotlight its characters. Filled with references to American comics and Nigerian literature, it tells a potent story of inherited trauma
Watchmen is shaping up to be possibly the finest show of 2019. It has hit a little under the halfway point, the pins are being set up and knocked down at the bat of an eye, and it just keeps getting more and more clever every week.
As great as the world-building is, and as much as I love watching all these great actors chew scenery at each other, I'd really like to get back to thematic storytelling.
Now that Sister Night, Laurie Blake, and the rest of the Tulsa PD are all firmly within one another's orbit and testing one another, things are starting to get weirder and more intense in the best of ways.
A show this guilty of Bad Vertigo Comics syndrome should count itself lucky it has enough going on visually and narratively to power through such undeservingly ostentatious scripting.