Time to Watch Watchmen

The best superhero story of the decade is waiting for you.
One of the single greatest superhero stories is Watchmen. First, it was a graphic novel which redefined what comics looked like back in the eighties. Then, it was a hit Zack Snyder movie. Now, we have a TV series, and it’s… well, it’s a must-watch.

So. Snazzy, enticing trailer aside, why should you watch Watchmen?

First up, it’s from the mind of showrunner Damon Lindelof. You may have seen his work before; he’s the visionary behind Lost and The Leftovers. His specialty is creating worlds that are both super exciting and deeply harrowing. He is also a master at writing characters who seem real, and who bounce off each other in the most fascinating ways. He’s at the height of his powers with Watchmen.

Which brings us to our second reason: the cast. Specifically, Regina King, who plays Angela Abar, AKA Night Sister. She’s a crime-fighting masked detective working in the Tulsa, Oklahoma. After a racist uprising, she and the rest of the cops have had to don masks, and her adventure in Watchmen sees Regina King giving one of the best on-screen performances in recent memory.

Third, the soundtrack. Composed by Trent Reznor (the front man of Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross, the amazing score turns the show into a pulsing, furious body of work. You know how John Williams’ music turns Star Wars into a work of art? Same here. The music turns Watchmen into one of the greatest shows ever made, period.

Finally… it’s only one season. Sure, you’re thinking. They’ll make another to make more money. Wrong! Lindelof has stated that Watchmen is a single story with a beginning, middle and end, told over nine glorious episodes. Sometimes, shows that just keep going and going can feel intimidating; impossible to catch up on. Here, you know exactly what it is. Once the credits roll on the finale, you’ll effectively have closed the book on a nine-part movie.

Some of you reading this might be comic book fans, some might not. But critics agree on one thing: you don’t need to be a superhero fan, or someone who has read the first Watchmen, to dive into this sublime series. Sure, you’ll benefit if you give it a read. But it’s prestige television from a master of the genre.

Watchmen is now available to buy on digital.  

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