Critics really raving about this, so far, not so good.Watchmen (2019 HBO series)
Don't judge the series by the pilot: Euphoria improved a rocky start and perhaps I better just wait to binge this one, though when it's great, it's great from the beginning (Chernobyl). Signs are questionable here though: Watchmen, an ATG comic and a mostly good film adaptation returns, or rather an unofficial sequel post-Veidtcalypse. But it opens with the terrible 1921 Tulsa race riot that left a huge number of black ppl. killed by angry white folk (true story), shown graphically. Then in Watchmen 2019 timeline, a white fella kills a masked black cop (apparently ppl. of the law wear masks and teddy bear costumes (?!) for some reason), then a 10yo-ish white boy unleashes some racial slur toward a black woman... get where we're heading?
Not being a white American male I'm hardly bothered when Hollywood / US TV's only able to target this particular group, the theme's just getting tedious, and when the showrunners leave out the bit (at least for now) where the Tulsa incident was started by black ppl. killing some white ones and racism is unfortunately common among all colors and ethnicity, I'm not sure how honest a conversation we're going to get in the upcoming episodes. Anything on TV goes nowadays that's strong female, gay, trans or colored, and you're essentially reduced to male white villains, and if nothing particularly new or original joins the conversation in Watchmen, not sure I'll stay.
What a peace of shit Watchmen the TV Series turned out to be! But is also represents agenda-driven American culture just right. After years of crying about comic book characters whitewashed for the big screen, here comes HBO blackwashing Watchmen and everybody's like HELL YEAH, SO ORIGINAL! Don't bother that Watchmen never was about racial conflict, cause you know, this English fella just wanted to go meta about the superhero genre, and NAILED IT - shut the fuck up, we licenced the name and do whatever the fuck we want with it.
Wonder what Alan Moore thinks of his work being reduced to the black folk being both the victims and real heroes and white men the evil back and now, with strong women of color of course, cause you have to check those boxes... This all would've been interested 10 years ago when it wasn't the mandatory agenda, and yet it still would've had nothing to do with Watchmen, I mean if you think you have a good idea, build that up from scratch rather than selling it using someone else's success and legacy!
Now the two positive things that come out are Jeremy Irons being a cool but bored megalomaniac (still not Rodrigo Borgia level, where he was fucking brilliant), and raising awareness to the 1921 Tulsa massacre, where some black ppl. killed some white folk (not mentioned in the series), followed by white fold murdering lots and lots of black folk. Would've watched a respectable miniseries about it rather than Tulsa's shameful memory being used to push whatever agenda, taking a dump over a legendary comic book at the same time. I mean what's next, Jesus was a black woman all along and the pope needs to give the throne to Whoopi Goldberg? (probably a better idea than turning Watchmen into this)
Yeah I finished that but it never really got my attention. Couple of episodes too long.True Crime wise I wasn't too taken by that one about the guy who admitted to loads of murders he didn't commit either. Only half watched it without paying enough attention, it just didn't grab me though.