brian-mcgee - September 11, 2019
One of the most hotly anticipated shows of the year is the upcoming HBO series based in the world of Watchmen, if for no other reason than the perfectly rational assumption that the show will contain plenty of violence and nudity. Set some thirty years after the events of the original graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, this new series seeks to look at how the world was shaped following the events of the original story.
It's not the worst idea anyone's ever had, particularly considering that there actually are scenarios to explore within that framework. For example, an entire cult of believers has popped up and based their ideals around Rorschach's journal. Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, is also still kicking around, now an old man played by Jeremy Irons. Plus there's a whole new band of masked vigilantes cropping up either to Watch, or to Watch the Watchmen.
There's seemingly limitless potential in this idea to be a really good one and they seem to have assembled a team that's enthusiastic about what they're doing. HBO is pretty desperate for another Game of Thrones-sized hit to stoke the ratings' fire once more, but this actually has the most promise of all the GoT-esque things they've done since that show premiered.
You can watch the Watchmen beginning on October 20.