This Extraordinary Being
Watchmen Season 1

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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.

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Irons
Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias
Don Johnson
Judd Crawford
Jean Smart
Laurie Blake
Tim Blake Nelson
Looking Glass
Christie Amery
Ms. Crookshanks
Frances Fisher
Jane Crawford
Tom Mison
Marcos Maez/Mime
Sara Vickers
Erika Manson/Marionette
Adelynn Spoon
Emma Abar
Lily Rose Smith
Rosie Abar
Hong Chau
Lady Trieu
James Wolk
Senator Keane
Edward Crook
Mr. Phillips
Stephen Williams
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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…

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…

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…

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…

"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…

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…

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…

...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…

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…