Watchmen: Season 1 Reviews

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October 25, 2019
Sunday night on HBO, I saw something I thought I'd never see on television: the depiction of a dark day in American history that not many know about-the Tulsa massacre.
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October 24, 2019
Based on the episodes I've seen, it's too early to tell whether Lindelof can make the show's enigmas pay off in a satisfying way, but so far, I'm ready to give him the chance.
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October 23, 2019
Lindelof's work will either add up to the coolest, most intricate dramatic series this side of Westworld or the biggest swing-and-a-miss in recent television history.
October 23, 2019
This is one of many confident flourishes with which showrunner Damon Lindelof demonstrates his joy in and mastery of his own material and its origins.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 22, 2019
Lindelof's show is a marriage of pulpy mythmaking and grim reality, telling a weighty story under the guise of mass-market entertainment.
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October 22, 2019
This "Watchmen" forces the perspective on viewers that real-world racism is more bizarre, more horrifying, than a TV series could possibly re-imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2019
Weird, weird, weird, but definitely not boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 21, 2019
A potent but rarely heavy-handed metaphor for race relations in America and a showcase for one of the greatest actors of her generation, it is also a shrewd encapsulation of the perils that might await a society obsessed with superheroes.
October 21, 2019
Sublime and absurd. It's a symphony in which the loudest note in every bar is proudly out of key. The plane it portrays, an alternative-history America in 2019, is at once disturbingly peculiar and unmistakably our own.
October 21, 2019
Visually entrancing, pointedly provocative and all over the place in time and space, Watchmen might make even David Lynch drop his jaw at times.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 21, 2019
It is dark, but it's also exciting; grim, but also invigorating. The action sequences are stunning, as are the performances.
October 18, 2019
An energetic, unruly show with a very concise and ambitious objective.
October 18, 2019
I'm still not sure Lindelof is wholly in control of the subject. But he earns the chance to show that he has a thought-through long game, that he's working with something more than magic dust and good intentions.
October 18, 2019
Shockingly, this new Watchmen is not only good, not only great, it is absolutely necessary... HBO's Watchmen is just that insightful, invigorating and essential.
October 17, 2019
It's fabulous and flammable and feels exactly right.
October 16, 2019
It's easy to imagine viewers who aren't already invested in the very idea of a Watchmen sequel growing impatient with the show's gradual doling out of exposition... Still, the sheer nerve of the thing is admirable.
October 16, 2019
The cast is owed a lot of credit for keeping the momentum going and the series grounded. King contains multitudes-as the de facto lead, she is capable of great compassion and anger in her quest for justice, which is complicated by her years on the force.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 16, 2019
This is breathtaking, ambitious television that only gets richer with each subsequent episode.
October 16, 2019
Not all of it works, but it's a fascinating -- and frequently thrilling -- attempt to rebottle some of the same lightning that Moore and Gibbons unleashed back in the Eighties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 15, 2019
Presents its own kind of Rorschach test: Occasionally frustrating and meandering, it's never less than interesting, although that appeal might not extend much beyond acolytes of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' dark superhero tale.
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