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"Little Fear of Lightning" grounds its arc in Wade's journey, which gives the audience a literal human tether, and further still, really, it's all based around one question: "What happened?"
The episode is a clever subversion of the superhero origin story. None of the Watchmen beyond Dr. Manhattan have real superpowers, but Looking Glass is defined by his weakness and vulnerability, which are not traditionally heroic qualities.
There are moments that split our lives in two. Cleaving life into a unique before and after. For Wade Tillman, most often referred to as his alias Looking Glass, such a moment came in 1985 Hoboken.
As a Tim Blake Nelson fan, I've been dying to know more about Looking Glass since the show began. So what more could I want from a new episode than a deep dive into his backstory and an honest-to-god depiction of the squid?!
In last week's episode, the ever-cynical Laurie told Angela, "People who wear masks are driven by trauma"... Wade is a prime example of what Laurie said about vigilantes in last week's episode.
As recipes for superpower-based neurosis go, this one's an award-winner.
Tim Blake Nelson is a wonderful compliment to Regina King and I truly can't imagine this series without those two.
This is another perfect example of Watchmen walking the line of grounded reality and superhero fantasy. I think it treads this boundary better than any other attempt at "dark and gritty" superheroes.
What's so powerful about "Little Fear of Lightning" is the way that it presents a more complicated story about what it meant to live in the wake of Ozymandias' attack.
Somehow, Watchmen is able to pull off the whole reveal from Wade's perspective, making this something of a stand alone episode that tells the character's backstory and his personal connection to the attack, along with his lingering trauma.
With its fifth episode, HBO's Watchmen creates an hour of television worthy of the Watchmen name. Damon Lindelof indulges the flourishes he cemented with The Leftovers, focusing on a broken man living in the aftermath of global trauma.