TV: Watchmen - S01 E06 - This Extraordinary Being - Reviewed

The end is the beginning is the end. Episode six compounds on the cyclical nature of hate as the building blocks of the first heroic team up begins taking shape. With one of the best original pieces of work to hit television in 2019, viewers are taken back through time to see pieces of Angela Abar's familial history and the explosive first moments of masked vigilanteism.

Calling back to themes from the original graphic novel, the series is continually adding to its mysteries while also taking major steps towards some phenomenal character development. Instead of going for all straight action, Watchmen is smart storytelling with small bursts of violence that always lend themselves to the underlying plot. 

Using amazing editing and intelligent writing, we're quickly building towards the conclusion of the first season. There are only three chapters left this year. Quickly and proficiently, we can tell that something major is lurking around the corner. Will Veidt return and cause more intergalactic mayhem? Will Angela continue to break down her personal past that echoes current racial tensions? Or will Dr. Manhattan finally show his face? We're anxious to find out. 

The first season of HBO's new Watchmen series continues this week with episode six, This Extraordinary Being. As it stands, this is the best chapter since the show launched and continues to prove that this is still a viable and relatable comic book property that has even more room for hyper creativity as Damon Lindelof and his crew make good on their promise of a nearly perfect extension of Alan Moore's universe. 

Waxing on the political elements that have always been at the forefront of this franchise, this continues to serve as a proper continuation that doesn't harm Moore's work in any way. And even better, it steers clear of Zack Snyder's 2009 movie, even though they sometimes feel eerily similar in tone. 

Taking a deep dive into Will Reeves' past, the latest episode is unlike anything we've seen on TV before. Using consistent sweeping camera movements, we're transported to Will's past via Angela's eyes. The smart usage of stylistic editing that doesn't feel overwhelming used hand in hand with one of the most intelligent breakdowns of white on black hate ever transposed to the small screen feels absolutely vital right now, furthering the consistent motif that runs through all versions of the Watchmen

If you're not watching this yet, you should be. I don't know what else to say. Besides The Mandalorian, this is honestly the best thing happening on television right now. 

-Chris George