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Along with a breathtaking Regina King, Damon Lindelof successfully remixes present-day issues with superhero themes in the highly entertaining "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice."
[Watcfhmen] establishes a black, female hero unlike we've ever seen on this scale.
[Damon] Lindelof and his team have done the improbable and built a compelling work of television that justifies adding on to an iconic story.
These little mysteries and Easter eggs are truly the fun window dressing on a much deeper, bolder, and potentially far more interesting story.
It's a world made deliberately strange to offer more incisive comments on the bizarre mythologies of our own timeline - which is what made the original Watchmen so special.
While episode 1 has plenty of strengths, it does little to allay concerns about the show's attitude toward race.
I'm optimistic, albeit cautiously. Watchmen's first entry feels like both an epilogue to something we've seen, and a prelude to something else entirely, rather than a fully-formed story exploring ideas of its own.
Lindelof and his team have done the impossible - they've captured the superhero deconstruction elements that stood out in Moore and Gibbons' work while also expanding on their world-building.
The first episode of the Watchmen HBO series marks one of the best hours of television you will watch this year.
If there's one note [Regina] King nails in this first episode, it's that Angela is hard and brittle. She's angry, but competent, and single-minded in her pursuit of justice. It's a fascinating, violent, potentially lethal combination.
Described by showrunner Damon Lindelof as a "remix" of the 80s comic-book source, it's a richly detailed alternate history, a spicy gumbo denoted by its varied soundtrack.
"It's Summer And We're Running Out Of Ice," tries to bite off a lot, and does so effortlessly. It's of a tone and atmosphere of great importance, and has a lot to say about systemic racism and what kind of world allows white supremacy to rise.