Little Fear of Lightning
Watchmen Season 1



Critic Ratings: 29
Critics Consensus

Along with the Lovecraftian inspired Giant Squid attack, Looking Glass's heartbreaking story adds much-needed momentum in "Little Fear of Lightning."

Episode Info

The origin story of Looking Glass is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history. Far away, The Smartest Man In The World plots a daring escape.


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
Louis Gossett Jr.
as Will Reeves
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 Little Fear of Lightning

"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?"

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Religion, PTSD, and that insidious plot give us three new themes to marinade in. Plus, they actually drop the squid! Comic book fans rejoice, we have been avenged.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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?!

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Tim Blake Nelson is a wonderful compliment to Regina King and I truly can't imagine this series without those two.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

As recipes for superpower-based neurosis go, this one's an award-winner.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 28, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 17, 2019 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…