The new Watchmen show premiered on HBO this weekend, garnering rave reviews and presumably some kind of vengeful hex from Alan Moore. The show is a sequel to the iconic graphic novel by Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, taking place in an alternate 2019 in which Robert Redford has been president for 27 years and cellphones don't exist.
The series was created by Damon Lindelof, who previously co-created Lost and the artier version of Lost called The Leftovers. While the pilot was dense and confusing even for fans of the comic, HBO's website is clearing up some unanswered questions. Similarly to how Lost filled in some of its gaps with alternate reality games and awkward DVD special features, Watchmen has a "companion website" called "Peteypedia" -- named after one Agent Dale Petey, who hasn't been introduced on the show yet.
The site (possibly penned by writer Jeff Jensen) is full of in-universe documents, not unlike the Twin Peaks tie-in books. One memo reveals the fates of some of the original Watchmen characters who aren't on the show. Like the Silk Spectre (Laurie Juspeczyck) and Nite Owl (Dan Dreiberg), who were arrested in 1995 for violating the Keene Act (the law banning costumed vigilantes). Silk Spectre apparently changed her last name to Blake and became a superhero named "The Comedienne." Which is somewhat unsettling, considering how her biological father Edward Blake (aka The Comedian) once tried to rape her mother.
While Laurie ultimately became an FBI agent, Dreiberg refused to cooperate with the law and is still in "federal custody." We also get some further details about the publication of Rorschach's journal and how it inspired the white supremacist group we see in the pilot. Oh, and who's to blame for publishing the journal? Our reality's Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. And apparently, Ailes once tried to sue Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias).
Then there's the revelation that the Redford administration's surgeon general is friggin' Dr. Oz. Which, come to think of it, may actually be the most disturbing part of this timeline in which it routinely rains squid.
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