The Watchmen series, based on the comics created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, finally hit HBO, led by screenwriter Damon Lindelof, responsible for other famous shows and movies such as Lost, World War Z, Star Trek, and more.
Watchmen as defined by Lindelof is a mix of comics and film, that is, it creates its own universe but retains the essence of Alan Moore’s original work. For the first episode you can not know if the series continues the final events of the comic or the movie.
The pilot looks promising, with all the claustrophobic atmosphere and the heavy air that the Watchmen universe possesses. There are dark scenes with contrasting shades that are as strong in their light as police orange or practically dark by some heroes like Sister Night, the new character in the series.
We have no way of knowing what the fate will be or what the real villain of the show is, as with Alan Moore’s comics, everything leads you to see a path when in reality you were blindfolded, and to help out in the dark.
The new characters are well developed and strong, but with their psychological problems and traumas that we should know later, as well as this whole society with a totally different comics president. Another key point will be to understand what is really happening in this world and what has happened to the other heroes, as for now the only confirmed ones are Doctor Manhattan, former Silk Specter and Ozymandias.
For a first episode, Watchmen makes a great first impression, promising a lot more mysteries and drama than what actually happens in the current series, with a lot of adventure, fucking, blood and zero content.