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    Quote Originally Posted by fillow View Post
    Do we know if this was planned as a single-season show, or is it going to have more seasons?
    From interviews with Lindelof it seems like this was planned as a single season from his point of view (complete story told this season). However, I would not be surprised if the popularity of the series resulted in additional seasons.

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    This is some serious race baiting. I'm not from the US and not progressive or concerned about US politics so it's practically unwatchable to me. I do like Zack's movie and the 30 minutes I watched of the series made me want to watch the movie again. Bring on the downvotes, as always. Hooray for tolerance for different opinions!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthier View Post
    This is some serious race baiting. I'm not from the US and not progressive or concerned about US politics so it's practically unwatchable to me. I do like Zack's movie and the 30 minutes I watched of the series made me want to watch the movie again. Bring on the downvotes, as always. Hooray for tolerance for different opinions!
    Your opinion is dated and shitty. It also harms others and is inherently wrong. Fuck your “opinion.” Nobody is making you watch or comment.

    Anyway, who do you guys think is helping “Reeves?” And is that Dan seen leaping off that balcony in the teaser for next week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swykk View Post
    Fuck your opinion.
    You're so tolerant. Why did you use quotation marks by the way? How can my opinion be wrong? Is that a sign of left-wing tolerance? It looks like one. Well, since you want a mature discussion. Fuck your opinion too. And your mom is ugly!

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    Friendly reminder: don't sleep on that Ignore function.

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    The only baiting going on here isn't from the show...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthier View Post
    This is some serious race baiting. I'm not from the US and not progressive or concerned about US politics so it's practically unwatchable to me. I do like Zack's movie and the 30 minutes I watched of the series made me want to watch the movie again. Bring on the downvotes, as always. Hooray for tolerance for different opinions!

    To be honest, I'm not American either and I felt the same during the first episode, but I trusted Lindelof enough (after the Leftovers) to give him a benefit of a doubt not to play into the binaries of American politics. The second episode, as well as the incredible ARG they have going on at at Peteypedia, made me realize that it's much more nuanced than that. It's more faithful to the novel than Snyder's film could have even dreamed of.

    Yes, the show is set in a very liberal context, with Redford at the helm, but the more you watch, the more you realize how his extreme left-wingism is just as dangerous as the dangerous conservatism of today. Rorschach's journal is being treated as a hoax by the show's left-wing characters and as gospel by the right-wingers; both of whom are distorting the truth based on ideology: the left wants to "protect" the populace by lying to them, while the right are purposefully misrepresenting the book and Rorschach's ideology so as to go forward with their own hateful tendencies.

    No one is right in a way, because in this world (like Alan Moore's world, or even Lindelof's own Leftovers world), there really is no right or wrong, no truth in any manner of speaking. Everything is just painted in many shades of grey.

    When Regina King's character tells the boy in the last episode that "We know that the world is just black and white," you can tell that it's not supposed to stand in as a "truth" being told to the audience. Rather, it's the opinion of an extremely violent individual – who wears a mask no different than the Rorschach imitators or the mad and mentally ill Watchmen before her – trying to justify both her own imposed violence (and that of the world surrounding them) to the boy, in incorrect terms.

    So far, the show has been impeccable in using the current political climate (a theme I often roll my eyes at while watching films or television in the past few years) in crafting a very intricate and complex narrative. I think we've been so conditioned to recent American shows often having an agenda, that we can't see past a show that is reflecting all agendas thoughtfully and impartially, while also having something to say.

    Also, it bears remembering that even Adrian Veidt (as we see in the ARG too) was one of the heroes of the liberal cause: and yet, he was the same man that triggered a giant squid attack to murder thousands of people in the name of his ideology. While one side of the political binary don't give humans agency and want to decide the way of the worlds based on their own higher-than-thou virtues (Veidt for example), the other side of the binary (the Rorschach imitators/Kavalry) believe in unfiltered, unbridled agency, where instincts rule over the cult's actions, be it hateful or murderous. And then we look back at Veidt: a man, presumed dead, alone in his castle murdering clones brutally. We know he has no moral compass, and yet, he does have a sense for "justice" with his intricate plans, one that he is in the process of hatching as we watch. What, then, the show asks us, is the difference between these two binaries? One virtuous, the other spiteful, and yet both have little care for humankind beyond humanity as just an idea.

    And we also see callbacks to the original novel, linking new character's to the old. Blood on the Judd's badge reminds us that he is an extension of the Comedian, a man with no stance at all, a man who treats everything as deterministic, who represents within himself all the complexities of a non-ideologized individual. The Comedian, in the original book, was a rapist, a murderer, an assassin... and yet, to some degree, his stance was undeniable: Nothing matters, so go with it, make the best of it, and suffer through the sham the best you can. It's all a joke anyway. And that is a stance that the ideologized of the book or the show were unable to understand: they believe in "justice," and would do anything to achieve it, even if it meant slaying as violently as the Comedian slew – but justifying it because they had "the good of all" in mind. And yet, all these Watchmen were, always, was sick, ill, and lonely. Ideology, like the masks they wore, were meant to dress and disguise this loneliness. And we see the same in TV Watchmen.

    These characters, married as they are to their binary ideologies, are using justice as a means to compensate for something lacking within themselves. Just as the characters in Leftovers used mourning as an excuse to be myopic and selfish. And the same with the Watchmen book.

    The show, in this way, really has a sense of "history" – both literary and political, which makes for an absolutely engrossing, challenging watch. After all, no show for the past while has made me overanalyze, assess, (and waste time over writing this!) like this show has in a long, long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthier View Post
    This is some serious race baiting. I'm not from the US and not progressive or concerned about US politics so it's practically unwatchable to me. I do like Zack's movie and the 30 minutes I watched of the series made me want to watch the movie again. Bring on the downvotes, as always. Hooray for tolerance for different opinions!
    having an opinion is fine, but one that is rooted in ignorance that leads to the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and negative, real-world consequences for entire groups of people is an opinion that needs to be reexamined.

    you're not from the US? cool, racism exists everywhere. you haven't experienced racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia? i envy you. but just because something doesn't directly affect you doesn't mean it doesn't affect other people, and it definitely doesn't mean it's not worth having a conversation about, or having art focus on it to hopefully break down the unfair biases that people have in an effort to help institute change.

    the fact that people in this country didn't know about the Tulsa Massacre (yes, it's a real thing that happened)—partially because of the fact that it was literally covered up until less than 20 years ago—is proof in itself that the show is on the right page in bringing this shit to the forefront.

    also, if you're gonna come into a thread literally challenging people to get pissed off at you, what's the point? do you really revel in being a dick that much? why not try to have a productive, insightful conversation with someone instead of instigating shit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthier View Post
    This is some serious race baiting. I'm not from the US and not progressive or concerned about US politics so it's practically unwatchable to me. I do like Zack's movie and the 30 minutes I watched of the series made me want to watch the movie again. Bring on the downvotes, as always. Hooray for tolerance for different opinions!
    Quote Originally Posted by eversonpoe View Post
    you're not from the US? cool, racism exists everywhere. you haven't experienced racism/sexism/homophobia/transphobia? i envy you. but just because something doesn't directly affect you doesn't mean it doesn't affect other people, and it definitely doesn't mean it's not worth having a conversation about, or having art focus on it to hopefully break down the unfair biases that people have in an effort to help institute change.
    I remember back when I was in high school, I went to the local fair with my friend D (who is black and we will call him D) and my friend Nick and his mom and little brother. We were having fun all night, going on rides together, joking and laughing. We were there for maybe 45 minutes when as we're walking to the next ride, 2 cops stopped us. They began interrogating my friend D because apparently something happened at the fair and I'm guessing it may have involved a black man. But they were trying to pin it on my friend who never left our side that night. My friend's mom stepped in front of D and went off on the cop saying how he has never left her side. The scene was enough to make them walk away. But after that, we left the fair because the fun was ruined and I remember D going from a happy kid at a fair to sitting silently as we drove home.

    The next year, another high school kid said he got jumped over by our school. He was known as a douchebag wannabe thug. He was white and his father was a police officer. He was also known of being a racist piece of shit. He claimed a black kid jumped him and pulled out a knife on him. At that time, my friend D was at the school football game with friends. Even with numerous people saying he was there at the game and had no knife on him, he was arrested and eventually charged for the attack.

    He went away to juvie for a year. My friend Nick, myself, and, Nick's family went to go get D when he came out. He never had a great family of his own. He lives with his grandmother who could barely act like she gave a shit about him. So he usually stayed with Nick or I. But I remember when he got out and we were hanging out again, laughing and joking around like how we normally did, but you could feel something was off. He stopped us out of nowhere and was like, "I have to ask this, but do you believe I did what they said?" My instant reaction, "I know you. Of course not." He seemed to feel better after that.

    Does racism exist? Yes, I learned it all the way back in high school that it exists. You haven't experienced any of this kind of bullshit? Well then, you are one lucky person. But it doesn't mean that it doesn't exist.

    The fact that the Tulsa incident was pretty much scrubbed from history books is enough to show you what it is like here in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdm View Post
    Has anyone called the phone number from Ep 2?
    i did, and got a "your call cannot be completed as dialed" message. :/

    edit: fun fact

    i tried to call the number on the van in the NIN/Hanna Montana episode of Black Mirror, and it was a phone sex line: an actual, real phone sex line- not some sort of "wink wink" thing created by the show.

    at least the Watchmen number wasn't THAT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    i did, and got a "your call cannot be completed as dialed" message. :/

    edit: fun fact

    i tried to call the number on the van in the NIN/Hanna Montana episode of Black Mirror, and it was a phone sex line: an actual, real phone sex line- not some sort of "wink wink" thing created by the show.

    at least the Watchmen number wasn't THAT.
    LOL thank you for your service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenism View Post
    i did, and got a "your call cannot be completed as dialed" message. :/

    edit: fun fact

    i tried to call the number on the van in the NIN/Hanna Montana episode of Black Mirror, and it was a phone sex line: an actual, real phone sex line- not some sort of "wink wink" thing created by the show.

    at least the Watchmen number wasn't THAT.
    WOW. You'd think someone on the show would have checked that lol

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    Content: incomprehensible, boring.
    Music: good, generic, uninspired.
    Pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Substance242 View Post
    Content: incomprehensible, boring.
    Music: good, generic, uninspired.
    Pass.

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    And here I was worried about keeping the threads separate...

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    Well that ep was…eventful. And the Easter eggs, specifically the piece of art in her apartment and the related cinematography. This series is so good visually.
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    Jesus the writing on this show is so fluid with the writing in the graphic novel that sometimes I feel like this series is being written by Alan Moore. I can't quit gushing about how fucking good it is.

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    This recent episode was the first that I was cool on. I wasn't crazy about the characterization of Laurie. Also I feel like the trendy story telling device of mystery and omission for the sake of themselves is a bit of a burden on this show, these things not fundamentally condusive to watchmen, not really a story about twists.

    That said I do really appreciate how thoroughly the show incorporates the original story.

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    I watched the movie once almost 10 years ago now, and never read the book. I honestly feel like even if I never saw the movie I'd still be into what this show is achieving.

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    FYI: the Peteypedia has been updated.

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    On the campus I work at someone had written in chalk or spray chalk "Tik-Tok" and also "download Tik Tok" - i have nothing to do with this-it is not something i am trying to promote in a fake way-it probably has nothing to do with anything or just something local. But still curious.

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    lol Tik Tok is an app, that has nothing to do with the show

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    I could watch Jeremy Irons throw a foul mouth tantrum for hous. And dear God Jean Smart is pure love, as always.

    So I guess the car was the brick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marodi View Post
    So I guess the car was the brick?
    I took that to be a happy coincidence / tying ep 2-3 together / relief valve for the Burke character's stress level.

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    Haha-yeah that is what I figured-it was startling to just see the "Tik-Tok" by itself-and at first thought it was something not good-as in not releated to Watchmen but someone just borrowing from the show promoting something bad-farther up the sidwalk is where is said "download" but definitely caught my attention-should have just looked it up quick before i posted-but probably still would have posted because of my initial shock-haha

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    So in this universe the internet was never invented I suppose, correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imail724 View Post
    So in this universe the internet was never invented I suppose, correct?
    After the events of the Squid in the 80s, America disposed of all electronics and internet and all that shit fearing that they were the cause for the Squid attack. So in a way, yes and no. The internet is there, but civilians don't really use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardp View Post
    After the events of the Squid in the 80s, America disposed of all electronics and internet and all that shit fearing that they were the cause for the Squid attack. So in a way, yes and no. The internet is there, but civilians don't really use it.
    Ah that makes sense. I haven't read the book in a few years so my memory is fuzzy. Definitely going to need to do a re-read sometime soon. Why do people think electronics caused the squid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by imail724 View Post
    Ah that makes sense. I haven't read the book in a few years so my memory is fuzzy. Definitely going to need to do a re-read sometime soon. Why do people think electronics caused the squid?
    I believe after it was all over, Veidt mislead the public by making them think the excessive use of technology was to blame for "opening the portal" that allowed the Squid in. It was either Veidt or the Government. But the public was mislead to believe this.

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    jean smart is a fucking goddess, i love her in everything i've ever seen her in.

    watched episodes 2 & 3 back to back today and it was very satisfying. this show is doing every single thing i want it to do.

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