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Though perhaps not as powerful as the previous installment, "An Almost Religious Awe" proves that Damon Lindelof is not afraid to challenge viewer's expectations as Watchmen continues to twist and turn its way to the finale.
"An Almost Religious Awe" drops juicy tidbit after juicy tidbit... At times, the balance works beautifully but this hour gets stuck when it stops providing new information and starts repeating itself.
What unites Damon Lindelof's embellishments with the original text is their strong feel for unintended consequences, when an action that might once have seemed just looks either deeply flawed or flat-out monstrous in hindsight.
Not all of the episode's bold gambits work, but the creative forces behind Watchmen are so willing to take risks that I couldn't help but be dazzled on some level.
While I suspected that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would eventually have a bigger role to play in the show, I did not see this coming at all. But I kind of love it because it complicates and forces us to reconsider so much of what we've seen before.
The answers to certain questions helped us all feel we understood the direction of the show a little bit better. Well, "An Almost Religious Awe" arrives and proves we knew nothing.
A brilliant and disorienting rug-pull.
The doctor is here!!!
Those who have yet to experience will look on with 'An Almost Religious Awe' as these writers continue passing comment on America whilst engaging, entertaining and challenging those savvy enough to pay attention.
One of the most impressive things about Watchmen has been the series' ability to stand on its own at a solid distance from the comics, all the while never leaving you particularly wanting for more connective tissue between the two.
In Episode Six, we learned that Angela Abar's grandfather was Hooded Justice, which was a brilliant, beautiful twist that few people expected to see in this show. But, Episode Seven offered a reveal that fans have been waiting for with a big twist.
The best way to describe this episode is that it's replete with the abrupt narrative swerves and blow-to-the-head surrealist imagery that have been showrunner Damon Lindelof's specialty since his masterpiece The Leftovers.
Seven episodes in, Watchmen remains remarkable committed to its themes even in otherwise "slow" episodes.