Review: WATCHMEN 1×07 – “An Almost Religious Awe”
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Claire Kiechel
Starring: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk
Reviewed by: Brad Filicky
Angela wakes up from her Nostalgia induced haze at Trieu Technologies hooked up to an IV that Lady Trieu tells he is connected to a natural host that she is not allowed to see. From here we learn of Angela’s life as a child in Viet Nam. Her parents are killed in a terrorist attack. She is raised in a cruel Orphanage until she is visited by her grandmother. She also becomes fascinated by an old VHS Tape of a movie called Sister Midnight.
Laurie closes in on Judd’s murder case only to learn his wife was in on it.
Lady Trieu reveals the 7th Calvary’s plans to Angela and tells her she plans to stop it. Angela freaks out and escapes (we get to see the natural host and let’s just say it’s not what you might expect). She runs home and then we get one of the biggest reveals of the season. Let’s just say a character from the book is back.
Veidt gets judged by his servants.
Oh man that reveal! It’s all coming together. Damon Lindelof has learned a thing or two about unraveling a mystery since the days of Lost. One of the best things about this sho outside of all commentary it’s making about race and our present moment is time is the pacing. Watching this show reveal things has been one of the most rewarding bits of entertainment this year.
Honestly, I can’t really think of any negatives about this episode that warrants mentioning. It was a bit heartbreaking to see Judd’s wife turn out to be in cahoots with the bad guys. And the Veidt parts of the episode felt like a distraction from the bonkers stuff going on in Tulsa.
Oh man, what an episode! Great pacing, great reveals. Amazing performances all around – This is a perfect example of why the critics are falling over themselves praising this show. If only Veidt’s story would kick it up a notch.