CultureCow: Tick Tock Tick Tock. It’s time to watch the Watchmen

first_imgby Devin McCue, Sumner Newscow — Welcome to the throes of fall where the weather is chillier, the pumpkins are spicier, and it only lasts for two weeks before the snow falls.  While you may want to get outside for the brief moment we have before the outdoors become intolerable for four months, if you’re like me and prefer the warmth of your couch, there’s plenty of good TV to catch up on.First of which, is the Netflix (kind of) original movie, El Camino, the glorious sequel to the (arguably) greatest TV show of all time, Breaking Bad.  We’ve had the spin-off, Better Call Saul to indulge our nostalgia, but the show never fully brought me back to the immersion of writer/director Vince Gilligan’s crime and humor ridden mini-universe of New Mexico.El Camino does what most movie adaptions of popular shows fails to do: remind us of what we loved about the show without ruining its impact.  Most movie adaptions will try to directly follow the action, where the previous series left off (exactly as El Camino does), but add in a new twist that takes away from series’ final moments.Oftentimes they’ll add in a character we never knew before to be the new antagonist or introduce a new plot point the previous series somehow “missed.”  I understand why they do that, but when you revisit the series after you watch the movie, it just feels like the movie took away the finality that comes with a series finale.  El Camino found the perfect way to follow up a beloved show by focusing on the adventures of a single character, Jesse Pinkman, directly following the final battle of Breaking Bad.  This way, Gilligan didn’t need to bring anyone back from the dead (although many of our favorite characters make cameos in the form of flashbacks) or change anything from the show beforehand.  The show and the movie exist on their own and while Breaking Bad is required viewing to understand El Camino, the movie is a great piece of work in its own right.  It balances the heavy drama that contrasts with dark humor that made us fall in love with the show and has a solid plot that keeps you guessing and entertained throughout the two-hour run time.  It’s a great movie and you should definitely check it out, but because it had over 27 million streams in the first week, I’m guessing most of you already have.Speaking of dark, yet incredibly entertaining shows, I think we’re finally getting the on-screen adaption of Allen Moore’s Watchmen we deserve.  If you’re unfamiliar, Watchmen was a groundbreaking graphic novel in the mid-80s that used a superhero story as a vehicle to talk about the ideas of power during the height of the Cold War.  What made it so revolutionary was that it took the idea that superheroes are meant to be all-powerful and use that power to protect John Q. Taxpayer, but put a twist on it.Moore posed the question of what would happen if those forces of power were in the hands of people ill-equipped to handle them.  He also created the character of Doctor Manhattan, a giant all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-ambivalent blue, naked man to stand-in as the nuclear option.  What followed in the wonderfully rendered pages was a new story about Cold War politics, the ethics of decision makers, and most of all: power.  The new series on HBO follows that example, but chooses instead to tell a story about America’s historically (and presently) horrendous relationship with race.The show starts with one of the most brutal examples of mass racial violence, the Tulsa Race Massacre, and picks up the story in an alternate 2019, 98 years later.  In this alternate, yet eerily similar, reality, the police wear masks to protect their identity (supposedly) and are fighting the rising threat of a white-nationalist group known as the Rorschachs.  Regina King after only one episode has already stolen the spotlight as a hooded and mysterious cop who’s just beginning to grasp the fraught conspiracy that’s rising in Tulsa (that’s right, a real show takes place in Oklahoma).  Watchmen is only one episode in and people are already calling it one of the best shows of the year and I’m not ready to sound the alarm, but this is definitely a program ready to spark some discussion.There’s a charming new show on Netflix called Living With Yourself with one important factor: it stars two Paul Rudds.  That’s it. That’s the show.  Why are you still reading and not watching it at this very moment?  If that didn’t sell you and you’re hung up on little things like “premise” and “plot” then you’re also in luck, because the premise is *light spoiler* Paul Rudd, a native Kansan, is a terribly depressed man who goes to a shady $50,000 spa to get his life in order.Unbeknownst to him, the spa actually cloned him, fixed his brain to be happy, and left his dead body in the woods, until he woke up.  It’s a pretty interesting premise to explore two men sharing one life and the problems and inherent jealousy that come with that.  If you’re looking for an easy watch that still keeps you interested, give this show a peep.Finally, there are two pieces of science intrigue to discuss this week.  The first is a monumental feat in space feminism when two astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, performed the first all-female spacewalk.  Women have been walking in space for 3 decades now (despite what you might hear from the executive branch), but this is the first time it was an all-women affair.  The next piece of science news is less important, but groundbreaking in its own way.  We finally did it.  The millennial agenda is finally realized.  We have alcoholic Tide Pods.  The Glenlivet (posh name) came out with their own “glassless whisky” and it looks delectable.  Sorry boomers, but you finally lost, you may have won the battle for our ozone and wealth equality, but you’ll never take the internet’s ability to ruin things.Meme of the WeekI unfortunately can’t look at every meme that dominates the internet every week, so if you see a meme and think it should be the meme of the week please send it to: [email protected] you disagree with my analysis, have a grievance or any other complaint please visit hereFollow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. 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