One of HBO's most anticipated premieres, Watchmen, finally started its journey yesterday on TV and considering only that first episode, the balance (although apparently causing a clear split between expert critics and the rest of the general public) It is quite positive.
The series is based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore (with an artwork by Dave Gibbons). Central to the plot is the rising tensions during the Cold War and the influence that fearless masked vigilantes (relying on extra help: an all-powerful being with relatively mysterious motivations) would have in the history of world society.
The script, apparently, is well focused on social issues and wastes no time in creating tense and thoughtful moments (a breeding ground for great debate) although it has a relatively slow pace at times. In fact, a theme that has been gaining more space for some years has dominated the first episodes (and possibly will be developed in the coming ones): the problem generated by the revival of movements involving white supremacy.
Directed by Nicole Kassell, the most tense and violent moment in this episode is - no doubt - the reproduction of the racial massacre that took place in Tulsa in 1921. The combination of terror and chaos is presented in a visceral (and naturally revolting in any way) way. citizen in good faith and with a keen critical sense), where members of the Klu Klux Klan set fire to establishments and shoot black citizens at close range.
Seeking to show this event from different perspectives, the script invests in viewpoints that provide viewers with a more intimate and humane understanding of all the horror that sets in in a brutal 5-minute sequence where the show manages to show its full future. potential (highlighting the visual aspects, which are an extra draw and denote the excellent production work that has been done).
There is also the issue surrounding dualism regarding the way "superheroes" are viewed and over the next few years, it is very likely that the series will focus even more on situations that throw the limelight on issues involving prejudice and prejudice. social segregation. At one of the other important moments of this debut, the tension between cops and criminals has become clear when officers find themselves having to hide their motives (hide at all costs they work in the police department) and wear uniforms with masks.
The mix of new elements in the TV series with the elements that turned this title into a revolutionary product for how people came to see and consume comic books is well thought out (but it needs to gain more space and evolve a little more). There is a special care on the part of showrunners to maintain the originality and relevance of the font ... At the same time working with the implementation of new themes and practices.
References to the original material are everywhere, but amid so many "tributes" there is a captive space to show all the news and connections to the problems of today's society, which in its growing still experiences a range of other problems so disgusting as before... Somehow, everything is interconnected and the series is loaded with a lot of fuel to burn a good deal of these problems.
Characters created with a modern purpose and consistent motivations (although all are flawed in their personal traits) are interesting figures to follow... Mainly because of the high quality performance of the cast, which has big names like Jeremy Irons and Regina King.
Conclusion: I already have the hype on the heights to keep up with the next episodes and very looking forward to what is coming! If the series doesn't disappoint, it will be part of the hall of HBO's best productions.
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M RATING: AA (8/10)