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Tom V 21 Oct 2019

I'm not a superhero fan and have never read the Watchmen comics or seen the film but I gave the opening episode of the HBO series a try because it's a David Lindelof  ("The Leftovers") creation. Very impressed and the presence of Regina King did nothing to detract from my enjoyment.

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C4T 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Watchmen is a graphic novel rather than a series of comics, I highly recommend it! I'm looking forward to seeing the HBO series.

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Tom V 21 Oct 2019
In reply to C4T:

Yes, my mistake.

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Andy Clarke 21 Oct 2019
In reply to C4T:

It was originally published as a series of 12 monthly  comics - shows what great art can come out of a medium so often dismissed in the past.

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Blue Straggler 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Mr Lindelof's name is not David, it is Damon. 

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DubyaJamesDubya 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Glad to see this as I didn't realise it was on. Used to get weekly emails from Sky saying what was on but these seem to have stopped. Anyone else with Sky noticed the same thing? 

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Tom V 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Blue Straggler:

No end to this it seems. I edited his surname spelling already.

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Blue Straggler 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

> No end to this it seems. I edited his surname spelling already.

I can beat that, I deleted an entire post of mine on this thread. Albeit not for the sake of spelling mistakes. 

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Tom V 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Blue Straggler:

That's a pity.

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nathan79 21 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

One of these projects I heard of and thought "why the need?". I read the graphic novel and watched the quite enjoyable film but this doesn't tempt me if it's just a re-imagining with some different characters thrown in.

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SuperstarDJ 22 Oct 2019
In reply to nathan79:

Apparently they've moved it forward 30 years and extrapolated from the original.  The reviews I've seen sound very promising.  I wasn't at all keen but will give it a go now.

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Tom V 22 Oct 2019
In reply to SuperstarDJ:

I watched it knowing next to nothing about the original and it still worked well as a free standing production,  whereas for instance watching El Camino without having seen Breaking Bad proved  a bit confusing because it's more of a straight up sequel but built around a load of flashbacks, to the point where I began to wonder if they were just using up a bunch of old out-takes.

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Stichtplate 22 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

A baker in an S&M nun's habit is a big step down from The Comedian and Dr Manhattan. Thought it was a bit pants but I'll give it a spin next week in case it's a slow burner.

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DubyaJamesDubya 23 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Watched it last night and I honestly think the first episode might be better if you know nothing of the story. I spent a part of the time wondering what this had to do with Watchmen. Having said that it feels like it is a quality production so I expect to be drawn into it.

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DubyaJamesDubya 23 Oct 2019
In reply to nathan79:

> One of these projects I heard of and thought "why the need?". I read the graphic novel and watched the quite enjoyable film but this doesn't tempt me if it's just a re-imagining with some different characters thrown in.

It would appear to be an entirely new story

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C4T 24 Oct 2019
In reply to Andy Clarke:

That sounds a lot more manageable than the bulky version I have!

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Johnlenham 24 Oct 2019
In reply to DubyaJamesDubya:

There is a huge amount of nods to the original especially as nearly everything in this is a direct result of the actions at the end of Watchmen ,but I can also see how you could watch it with no knowledge of Watchmen. 

At worst id suggest people watched the film but the book is obv a much better choice 

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Arms Cliff 24 Oct 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Quite a few people it would seem  

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Tom V 24 Oct 2019
In reply to Arms Cliff:

They speak of little else in my town, so the ( probably apocryphal) story goes.

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Flinticus 30 Oct 2019
In reply to C4T:

Tell that to the young me who bought all 12 issues of the original comic

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Blue Straggler 30 Oct 2019
In reply to Flinticus:

I think that topic has been put to bed already 

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Flinticus 30 Oct 2019
In reply to Blue Straggler:

Saw that later as I read on down the thread.

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Stichtplate 06 Nov 2019
In reply to Tom V:

Despite early reservations I'm 3 episodes in and increasingly liking this, largely due to the presence of the batshit crazy Ozymandias and the steely agent Jane Crawford. Not sure where this is going but good production values and a nice line in cynicism leavened with black humour.

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DubyaJamesDubya 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Stichtplate:

It's been a slow burner, but intriguing,  and it's starting to tie into the original a bit more now. 

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Tom V 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Stichtplate:

Confused now - do you mean Agent Blake?

Btw HBO have produced an interesting online resource called Peteypedia. which attempts to provide a bit of background.

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Stichtplate 07 Nov 2019
In reply to Tom V:

> Confused now - do you mean Agent Blake?

You’re right. Blake not Crawford!

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