4:45am PT by Josh Wigler
'Watchmen' Podcast: Inside the High-Flying Second Hour of Damon Lindelof's HBO Drama
[This story contains spoilers for season one, episode two of HBO's Watchmen, "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship," as well as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel on which the show is based.]
Welcome back to Series Regular, The Hollywood Reporter's weekly podcast dedicated to diving deep into hit TV shows.
Every episode of Series Regular comes courtesy of Josh Wigler (that's me!) and takes a closer look at the genre television space — and for the next eight weeks, it's all about one space in particular: Watchmen, the new HBO drama based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal graphic novel of the same name. Wigler and co-host Antonio Mazzaro of Post Show Recaps fame will provide weekly podcast coverage of Watchmen, following each and every round of the nine-episode first season.
In their second episode, Wigler and Mazzaro hit the stage to discuss "Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship," which follows on the heels of the series premiere's harrowing final image: Judd Crawford (Don Johnson), dead and hanging from a tree, with a mysterious man (Louis Gossett Jr.) nearby as company. Angela Abar (Regina King) takes to the case right away on a few different fronts, taking the mystery man — eventually identified as Will, allegedly her grandfather — into private custody, while publicly joining her colleagues on a raid against Seventh Kavalry suspects in nearby Nixonville. By the end of the episode, Angela is prepared to bring Will in for official questioning; just as she makes the move, however, Will's "friends in high places" swoop down and snatch him and Angela's car right off the street, flying away toward parts unknown.
Angela's mission isn't the only major development of the week. Additional storylines and topics on Series Regular covered include:
• "American Hero Story," and the clues about the increasingly present Hooded Justice.
• The White Night, a grisly event that comes into focus this week via Angela's flashbacks.
• Looking Glass' snacking habits, and how they align with those of another masked vigilante from the Watchmen world.
• The arrival of a certain senator with a prominent last name from the Watchmen canon.
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Series Regular is part of THR's roster of podcasts, including TV's Top 5, the weekly TV news analysis podcast hosted by West Coast TV editor Lesley Goldberg and chief TV critic Daniel Fienberg; Awards Chatter, Scott Feinberg's weekly in-depth (and award-winning) interview show focusing on the most interesting talents of the Oscar and Emmy seasons; crafts expert Carolyn Giardina's weekly series, Behind the Screen, which explores the top artists and technologies creating film and TV magic; and Seth Abramovitch's monthly series, It Happened in Hollywood, which revisits indelible moments from 90 years of THR's entertainment history. Other podcasts are in the works.