HBO has a knack for keeping us subscribed to the channel/streaming service. For a better part of the last decade, we had Game of Thrones to keep us coming back every year.
After the show ended earlier this year, terribly some might say, one might have thought that we were done with HBO. I mean, you could always watch John Oliver on YouTube.
But then it came up with Chernobyl, a dramatised version of the events of the nuclear disaster that took place in the town of Priyapat, Russia on the 26th of April, 1986 and its aftermath.
Now, HBO has come up with its own adaptation of the Watchmen comics, set in the backdrop of the racist politics of modern-day USA.
Dozens of black people were murdered and more were wounded as black properties in the area were razed to the ground. Mind you, the massacre was so severe that the total number of casualties is still unknown.
It is widely considered one of the most shocking acts of racial violence in American history, and it’s core to what Watchmen is saying about America today.
I believe this is all the spoilers you need. So I will stop here. While only 2 episodes have been released, the show has already been making a lot of noise; noise we ought to hear.
Now, you are a fan of the film, this show has nothing against you, but it will make you realise the fragility of the morality of the world we think we know and probably also take a giant dump on Rorschach. But in time, you will realise that it was right to do so.
BTW, you don't have to take my word for how good the show really is. Just ask Twitter.
It is absolutely terrifying that the basic concept of #WatchmenHBO doesn’t seem implausible from our current timeline. Like, umm, this could be real life in a few months. (Black people know this and you’d do well to listen to us if you aren’t already.)— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) October 28, 2019
Wow #Watchmen is amazing so far! It’s a fascinating look at race relations and is a must watch especially if your into history. It’s confusing at first and it’s not for casual viewers, but if you stick with it, it gets really good, and has some very powerful moments! #WatchmenHBO pic.twitter.com/sBDqUf3iJ6— Andrew Corbo (@corbo_andrew) October 28, 2019
Having grown up as a black kid in North Texas, I am truly shook to see #WatchmenHBO set in Oklahoma w/ Regina King as the lead. And wow, that pilot... WOW. Don’t watch it until you’re ready.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) October 28, 2019
I’m really still tripping about the Superman reference made yesterday in #WatchmenHBO with the little boy carrying the infant away to safety as the only home they’ve ever known was destroyed. But this time... they’re Black children. pic.twitter.com/Z8ZyWVLA6H— April (@ReignOfApril) October 21, 2019
You can catch the show on Hotstar Premium. Make sure you do because it's so damn awesome!