(Editor’s comment: This article was originally published on December 2, 2019, and has now been re-published as the full series is available for free viewing on HBO.com))
HBO’s Watchman series has quickly become one of the most popular television series, and the show, based on the groundbreaking comic book series, shows no signs of abating.
So far, the series has been filled with call-outs to its source elements and clues as to where the story goes, with each episode providing more Easter eggs and mysteries for fans to think about. Show creator Damon Lindloff has given audiences plenty to absorb in the hit series, so in addition to a brief retrieval, we’re taking a deep dive into some important comic references, Easter eggs and story hints in each episode. Here’s what you know about the 3rd episode of the series.
(Note: The plot details for the most recent episode of Watchman will be discussed below, so make sure you get the series to avoid the clarifiers))
The title of the seventh episode of the series is “Unmost Religious Wonder”, and like the title of the episode (“This Extraordinary Creature”) is a call-back of the original comic. In the main series’ Alternative Timeline, when Dr. Manhattan used his superhuman strength to end the Vietnam War (to make Vietnam the 51st state in the country), he described the experience as follows: “Surrender to Vietnam is expected. Given … often, they personally ask me to surrender, almost to my religious amazement my terror kept the balance between them. “
Given the content of the episode, which is adapted from the aftermath of the Vietnam War and involves Dr. Manhattan, the relationship with this particular chapter of the comic makes a lot of sense.
In Episode 3, Angela re-examines the memory drug after her overdose on nostalgia and sharing it with her grandfather Will Reeves, a famous vigilante known as Hooded Justice. He learned that he was working with Lady Trio Reeve to stop Cavalry years ago – the modern incarnation of the same white-headed cult Reeves who fought many years ago – from gaining and receiving the power of Dr. Manhattan, who lived in disguise on Earth, and actually on Mars.
In the final scene of the episode, it is revealed that Dr. Manhattan was disguised as Angela’s own, loving husband, Calvin “Cal” Aber. He brutally beat her, forced her out of hiding, and pulled something out of her skull with a familiar shape: the atomic structure of hydrogen that Dr. Manhattan adopted as his personal seagull.
Meanwhile, Wade Tillman (a.k.a. looking glass) seems to have survived the attack of the 7th Cavalier, but has disappeared. On the other hand, after FBI agent Laurie Blake uncovered a notorious plan to keep one of his own at the White House, the 7th Cavalry took him prisoner.
Oh, and Adrian Widt has been convicted of his crime in a population trial by Clones, and he doesn’t defend the millions of deaths he defended in his lifetime.
Elephants, elephants, everywhere
The first introduction to Lady Tree was when the elephants had a repetitive motif in the 4th episode and they are throughout this week’s episode.
In the opening scene where young Angela Lady Triur walks past multiple videotapes of the animated elephant “Trunkie” and “Tusky” in her elephant-shaped Ignatius, Endizella discovers herself (literally) towards the end of the episode. , Elephants are everywhere in the episode.
They have not yet been given a specific explanation for the role they play in the series – making a literal and metaphorical elephant in their house – but elephants are associated with having long memories, and the theme of hereditary memory has much to say about the series’ narrative. Whether Angela revives her grandfather’s experiences, Lady Trudeau’s attempt to resurrect her mother through memories planted in her cloned daughter, or both Cal and Looking Glass are forced to bring back erroneous memories, the memory is one of the show’s most popular topics.
It is noteworthy that Lady Trio herself has made a connection with the elephant. The character probably got its name from a third-century Vietnamese warrior who fought with the Chinese during the occupation of the region. More often than not, he went to war against the larger Chinese occupying forces at the Elephant Wharf, compared to the Joan of Arc.
You can also read previous recaps of Easter Eggs and from Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5 and Episode 6.