This Extraordinary Being
Watchmen Season 1



Critic Ratings: 29
Critics Consensus

Revealing and relevant, "This Extraordinary Being" cleverly shows the long-term effects of generational trauma and deep-seated racism.

Episode Info

Under the influence of Nostalgia, Angela gets an intimate account of her grandfather's journey.


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 This Extraordinary Being

"This Extraordinary Being" puts viewers behind Will's mask and takes them on a visceral journey through the heart of the American divide. It's an episode of television as affecting as it is awe-inspiring.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

What. An. Episode.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

What I loved about this episode is how it does feel like its steeped in history and plays with several archetypal origin stories.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

A hero like Hooded Justice helps me feel seen in an entirely new way. He's not an ideal hero, but a human hero brings something we can aspire to.

Nov 25, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

What "This Extraordinary Being" does for the Watchmen and superhero mythos is nothing short of...well, extraordinary.

Nov 24, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

What's brilliant about the episode is the way it almost turns Angela into a kind of audience member who's witnessing everything that happens throughout the episode for the first time, but unlike us, she's experiencing things first hand.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Watchmen had the best episode of its season tonight and I'm not even sure it's close (when comparing it to the others).

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

What's initially a fine, noiry origin story episode is let down by it all being rendered a bit pointless and a disastrous ending.

Nov 28, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Co-written by showrunner Damon Lindelof and Cord Jefferson, this episode is a fascinating retcon of the Hooded Justice character, who pops up in flashbacks and supplemental text material in the comics.

Nov 25, 2019 | Full Review…

"This Extraordinary Being" isn't just the best episode of Watchmen, it might be one of the most extraordinary, thematically rich episodes of television all year.

Nov 24, 2019 | Full Review…

...for a show that is so critical of superhero stories, Watchmen is doing what the best superhero stories do: It's building a myth of good people who are, in some way, totally outmatched by the problem they face...

Nov 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Worthy of a second season, challenging in ways which will make certain audiences uncomfortable yet consistently unapologetic Watchmen is landmark television.

Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…