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With its interconnected storylines, stellar performances, and complex themes, "See How They Fly" does the impossible and ends Damon Lindelof's adaptation of Watchmen spectacularly.
What Damon Lindelof, Nicole Kassell, Tom Spezialy, and so many more have created is a magnificent and substantial story not only because of the voices it elevates, but because of the way it encourages people to listen -- and to do more.
Okay, what a finale, right?
In the final analysis Watchmen will be remembered as a staggering achievement across the board, ending on such a tantalising proposition that even uberfans and purists must surely be intrigued.
Other than opening with the Tulsa Race Massacre did Watchmen the TV show comment on politics in general or its own medium in particular with anything approaching Moore & Gibbons's innovation, vision, and purpose?
The end product is still satisfying, and its invocations for the second season still intrigue, but there's just so much to work through that some of the balls get dropped.
No show in recent memory has made the past feel more crushingly, heartbreakingly alive than Watchmen.
The last 2 minutes of this episode has all the potential of being debated in the same vein as The Sopranos finale.
The season finale, "See How They Fly," left a few loose ends and rushed a bit to tie everything together, but it otherwise rounded out one of the most thrilling television series of the year.
Like every episode of this show, the writers played with time and memory so well that I watched the whole thing with my jaw on my chest.
Watchmen upended nearly a century of heroic fiction born out of male power and white supremacy fantasies by handing the power of a god to a black woman and leaving us all to imagine the possibilities.
The pieces, as disparate and confusing as they were, do all end up fitting together, thanks to the fact that Dr. Manhattan isn't constrained by time, space, or the laws of physics, generally.
As far as I am concerned, "See How They Fly," Watchmen's first season finale, was a near-perfect way to end a near-perfect season of television.