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HBO’s Watchmen is interested in a lot of subjects, but the one thing it won’t be bothered to do is hold your hand. Damon Lindelof‘s sequel/”remix” to the landmark comic book series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons wastes zero time throwing you into the realness, which means it also doesn’t work to catch you up on the events of the graphic novel. Fear not! We’ve got a full rundown of everything you need to know right here, but the most important bit to focus on is the Earth-shattering ending. And if the only Watchmen you know is Zack Snyder‘s 2009 film, you’ve got the wrong story. We’re gonna’ have to discuss the giant intergalactic squid monster.
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Recap - Watchmen - Place - World - History
But first, a brief recap: Watchmen takes place in a world with history filled with actual costumed vigilantes, notably a super-group that fought crime in the 1940s named The Minutemen, and a briefly revamped version of the team, The Crimebusters, in the 1960s. In 1977, masked heroes were outlawed under Congress’ Keene Act with two exceptions: The unpredictably violent Comedian, who acted as a mercenary for the U.S. government, and Doctor Manhattan, the world’s only actual superhuman who was given the powers of a god in a freak atomic accident. By 1985, the word is perched on the brink of nuclear war, and hero turned businessman Adrien Veidt, formerly known as Ozymandias, devises plans for a catastrophe so heinous, it would unite the Earth’s major nations toward a common threat. Veidt’s former Crimebuster buddies Dan Dreiberg (formerly Nite Owl), Laurie Jupiter (formerly Silk Spectre) and Rorschach (formerly Walter Joseph Kovacs) show up to stop him—Rorschach makes a pitstop to leave his journal at a newspaper. Remember that, it’s important—but they arrive too late. Veidt enacts his plan, millions of lives are...
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