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Damon Lindelof and his team refuse to hold back as they continue to subvert expectations in the absolutely confounding, but positively riveting "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship."
Watchmen dutifully follows [Angela] direction, using its second episode to lay foundation while pushing along current events just enough to keep momentum.
The show's creators begin to have more fun playing with time in this episode, not just in the flashback, but by revealing little bits of information that make a bigger impact during a second watch.
This is propulsive, confident television, bursting with ideas and urgency.
It's definitely the weakest of the six episodes HBO sent to critics prior to premiere, because you can feel it sweating in a way that tour de force premiere didn't, and the way the ensuing episodes largely don't.
"Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship," answers some lingering questions from the pilot, but it leaves more questions in its wake.
If the task of the first episode of Watchmen was to establish the show's world and starting to introduce us to the cast, the task of the second episode is to consider everything in the first episode.
While the role-reversed racial politics aren't fully fleshed out, the story of grief and betrayal is told with cinematic deftness.
Repurposing everything from [Alan] Moore's political themes to metatextuality in and outside of the story, HBO's Watchmen is clearly taking a winding path toward a larger conspiracy, just like Moore's original story.
The second episode doesn't match up to last week, though flabby flashbacks and red herrings don't dampen a richly-drawn world we're eager to see more of.
This week's Watchmen was, for the most part, riveting. And occasionally, confounding!
One of Watchmen's many laudable qualities is the way it employs allegory in its exploration of who holds power in America, and how the lived realities of race are difficult to shake, no matter who is in charge.
Angela may be something special.