The seventh episode of 'Watchmen' has given us a good ration of revelations and of open mystery box with more questions than answers in an hour that reminded us a lot more of Damon Lindelof of 'Lost' than of 'The Leftovers'.
An episode in which, as a flashback, we have been told part of the Angela Abar's childhood in Vietnam and where does her nom-de-guerre, what is the true (or one of the true objectives) of the 7th Kaballeria and its position as heirs of the Cyclops and ended with a shocking final revelation that Lindelof wanted to talk about.
And, from here, spoilers of the 1×07 of 'Watchmen'.
In the last minutes of 'An almost religious awe' we were revealed that the Dr. Manhattan is not on Mars (as suggested at the beginning of the series), but in reality we had all in full view "incarnate" in Cal, Angela's husband played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Asked about it by The Hollywood Reporter, Lindelof commented on how the idea came about:
"I started this whole journey from the perspective of a fan … what would it have to do in a television series that dares to be called 'Watchmen'? Dr. Manhattan was close to the top of the list. But even above that there was the need to tell a new story with a new character in the center.Once we established that Angela Abar is that center, the new rule became that any legacy character we used (Veidt, Laurie and Hooded Justice) could only be used at the service of Angela's story … she was the Sun, everyone needed to orbit her. So how could Dr. Manhattan, a man with the power of God, be at the service of Angela's story at instead of the other way around? Based on the past (all the tropes of Greco-Roman mythology), the answer was intuitive: love. We knew that this relationship only worked if Manhattan took the form of a human, so Cal's idea was born. And yes, he arrived early. from the beginning. "
In addition to learning about this Manhattan costume (with which many doubts arise such as "when did they meet?", "When did Jon decide to return from his self-exile?", "How has he adopted human form?"), He reveals to us that the Cyclops / Kaballeria plan is to appropriate the super powers of the only superpower in the saga:
"As subversive as the text of the original 'Watchmen' was, in the end it followed the same arc as any superhero story: the hero saves the world. The paradigmatic change was that the" good "and the" bad "were the same person. In our 'Watchmen' we have clearer evils that represent an ideology that is almost impossible to defeat. The bad guys always want the same thing: power. There is something fundamentally ridiculous about the idea of "white power" in its redundancy as if every American I would have been born on the same playing field. Sadly, each of our institutions demonstrates that inequity, so the idea that a white male senator really wanted MORE power was as absurd as it was irresistible. As in most white supremacists, Keene He does not see seizing Manhattan's powers as an appropriation but as taking something that feels like a right.
The truth is that this episode has left me somewhat misplaced, not because they hadn't thrown seeds on it (in fact I think it would explain at least one fairly important script hole) but because I was not expecting such a "lostian" episode ("POLAR BEAR ON THE ISLAND" level, DHARMA initiative alerts at some point in time) just two episodes from the end (presumably) of the series. And, what do you think of this turn?