‘Watchmen’ Gets An Official Synopsis, Premiering 21st October On Sky Atlantic & NOW TV In The UK

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14 Oct 19

Whilst we’ve had trailers and little bits of information, HBO had not released a full synopsis of the much-anticipated Watchmen series, which premieres Monday, 21st October on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, and Sunday, October 20th at 9pm on HBO in the US. Now they have! There is nothing we would regard as spoilery in the synopsis below that we hadn’t already seen in the trailers, but if you want to go into the show totally blind, stop reading now!

Based in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, the ‘Watchmen’ series embraces the nostalgia of the original Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ groundbreaking and seminal graphic novel, while attempting to break new ground of its own. The series comes from executive producer Damon Lindelof (‘Lost’, ‘The Leftovers’)., and is a “remix” of the original source material that offers a fresh story and new characters.

Set 34 years after the novel, the 9-episode series plays out the fictional town of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The drama begins 3 years after a co-ordinated white supremacist attack on police and their families, an event now referred to as the “White Night”. Following the attack, police wear yellow bandanas to protect their identities, while The Seventh Kavalry, the group behind the attack, don “Rorschach” style masks, which should be very familiar to people who know the original ‘Watchmen’ story.

Although the racist movement has been forced into the shadows, detective Anglea Abar (Regina King) and Tulsa police chief Judd Crawford (Don Johnson) work together on a police shooting that may signal a revival of the terrorist group. Meanwhile, Laurie Blake (Jean Smart), an icy, aloof FBI agent with an illustrious past, comes to town to get to the bottom of another gruesome murder, and an imperious Lord of a Country Estate (Jeremy Irons) receives an anniversary gift…

Oozing with style, dark humour, propulsive music, and plenty of action, ‘Watchmen’ is a grounded drama that follows a cast of very human “superheroes,” who grapple with personal and ethical issues, as well as the sometimes-blurry line between good and evil.

The cast also includes Tom Mison (‘Sleepy Hollow’) as Marcos Maez aka Mime, Tim Blake Nelson (‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’) as Looking Glass, Louis Gossett Jr. (‘Hap and Leonard’, ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’) as Old Man, Adelaide Clemens (‘Rectify’) as Pirate Jenny, Frances Fisher (‘Masters of Sex’) as Jane Crawford, Jacob Ming-Trent (‘SuperFly’) as Panda, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (‘Aquaman’) as Cal Abar, Sara Vickers (‘Endeavour’) as Erika Manson aka Marionette, and Andrew Howard (‘Hell on Wheels’) as Red Scare.

Watchmen‘ premieres Monday, 21st October 2019 at 2am on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV, and Sunday, October 20th 2019 at 9pm on HBO in the US.