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Revealing and relevant, "This Extraordinary Being" cleverly shows the long-term effects of generational trauma and deep-seated racism.
"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.
What. An. Episode.
What I loved about this episode is how it does feel like its steeped in history and plays with several archetypal origin stories.
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.
What "This Extraordinary Being" does for the Watchmen and superhero mythos is nothing short of...well, extraordinary.
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.
Watchmen had the best episode of its season tonight and I'm not even sure it's close (when comparing it to the others).
What's initially a fine, noiry origin story episode is let down by it all being rendered a bit pointless and a disastrous ending.
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.
"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.
...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...
Worthy of a second season, challenging in ways which will make certain audiences uncomfortable yet consistently unapologetic Watchmen is landmark television.