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Guided by the bombastic introduction of the eccentric trillionaire Lady Trieu, "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" makes for a truly bizarre, highly captivating experience.
Coded language, deceptive truths, and a general aura of mystery dominate the fourth episode of HBO's Watchmen, an altogether perfect thematic drive for a story framed around a false-fronting billionaire.
Watchmen could have fallen into the follies of other recent sequels... Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' comics are instead treated with reverence and used to inform the current character's motivations.
More like this, please.
Watchmen never judges but merely provides opinion which invites debate rather than giving us closure. It remains hugely watchable, openly contentious and consistently entertaining which is what the subject matter demands.
What I liked about the "growing a baby thing" was how bizarre it was, how out of step it was from the previous episode's events, which had already deviated from what was established by Watchmen's first two episodes.
The TV show has a similar mystery to the original Watchmen comic in the murder of Judd Crawford and Angela's efforts to solve his murder, but the characters around Angela, so far, seem to be opaque.
The fourth episode of HBO's Watchmen sidesteps the show's less interesting mysteries in order to spotlight its characters. Filled with references to American comics and Nigerian literature, it tells a potent story of inherited trauma
Once again Watchmen gives us a compelling hour of television!
This extraordinarily dense episode was about the trauma we inherit with blood, whether we want it or not.
At last, four episodes in, we are finally introduced to Lady Trieu, and what an introduction it is. Trieu is powerful and calculated, and that she means business.
One thing is for certain, though: Watchmen knows how to keep building, and making it mindbogglingly fascinating in the process.
If you're going to create something loopy and over the top, well, you could do a lot worse than what this episode of Watchmen offers. And you could do a lot worse for an intro to that loopiness than the sequence with Lady Trieu.