As emotionally charged and dense as Damon Lindelof's Watchme n has been, there have been more than a few moments that made it easy to lose the fact that the series is still very much a comic-adaptation. But this week's episode – "She Was Killed by Space Junk" – is a triumphant tribute to the source material that made this wildness possible.
The key to understanding "She was killed by space debris" is to realize that after the events Watchmen comic Laurie Juspeczyk (now going by Laurie Blake) became a fundamentally different type of person . After spending most of her life trying to escape her mother's gravity, Laurie came to the realization that she was more than her Silk Specter persona. Running around with the minutemen was a definite experience for Laurie, but unlike her teammates, her desire to fight for justice went deeper than having to put on a skin-tight suit.
After embracing her father's legacy, reinventing himself as a superhero, and eventually leaving the mask industry behind, Laurie became a federal agent specializing in bringing down masked vigilants. While the world largely still sees dressed heroes as symbols of hope and justice, Laurie sees them for what they are: fearless, often delusional people willing to put others' lives in danger.
The section notes that although vigilance has been banned, there are still people out there who feel the need to undress and do the police job for them. As a former mask, Laurie was uniquely gifted to close vigilance for the government and was perfectly suited to engage in the investigation of Judd Crawford's hanging. Unlike Angela or any of the other masked police officers working in Tulsa, Laurie has a cold, almost clinical perspective on the situation with Seventh Cavalry and a poor picture of how Tulsa PD handles her business. Dangerous as 7K is, Laurie rightly considers the methods of the mask policy to deal with the terrorists as draconian, and throughout the episode you can feel how much she would love to take down the entire operation.
But Laurie's main priority in Tulsa is watching Judd's murder, she uses the investigation as an opportunity to investigate the city's police brains because she knows their daily operations are not really sustainable. Judd's death has the police force on the outskirts and more than ready to retaliate against 7K (which they started the process last week) in a way that could inadvertently lead to more chaos in the city, but Laurie seems to be the only person aware of how close the city is is to go up in flames.
What is fascinating to watch is how Jean Smart's (fresh from his time at Legion ) Laurie Blake exercises her demanding, dry humor as a deadly weapon designed to last people in balance and inclined to tell about themselves. When someone tries to get too close or when she feels the need to try to get into someone else's personal space, Laurie leads with a joke that allows her to take control of the situation. People like Laurie's colleague Agent Dale Petey ( The Magicians & # 39; Dustin Ingram) don't know what to do about her because her behavior is so contrary to the celebrity she once was.
For Angela and the rest of the Tulsa police, Laurie is an outsider who wants to threaten the control they have over the city. Within moments of meeting Angela, Looking Glass, Pirate Jenny and Red Scare, Laurie knows who they are. Not only does she know their actual identity, she can see how each of them has gone through some kind of emotional trauma that forced them into their specific taste of police. What Laurie doesn't know is just what everyone hides for each other, but she can feel that something is wrong just judging by the strange way that Judd's death is handled.
For obvious reasons, Laurie's presence immediately sets Angela off as she prepares for Judden's strangely planned funeral where she is supposed to deliver an order. Angela is broken because while she truly loved Judd as if he were a member of her family, she cannot (and should not) overlook the fact that the man hid a Klan hood in a secret compartment in his house. Whether Judd was part of 7K is something Angela is still trying to find out, but the signs point to it being the case, which raises questions about what is happening with the organization and whether her recently revealed grandfather Will was really involved in Judd's murder.
Judd's funeral is hearty, but when a 7K member with a bomb attached to his heart manages to sneak into the cemetery and threaten all the grief's life, "She Was Killed By Space Junk" is swapped in an interesting new space that illustrates how fascinating Angela and Laurie's dynamics will be this season. When Laurie, on her own, kills the 7K bomber with a gun she was not supposed to have, Angela sees that the agent always thinks a few steps ahead and keeps tricks up her sleeves in emergencies. Angela immediately thinks of pushing the bomb's dead body into Judah's open grave before she shoots Judah's coffin on top of the bomber to absorb some of the effects from the explosion. Laurie sees that seemingly outrageous as the police were, she had no problem with her good friend being blown to blacksmiths. It's just not something a normal person would do.
But Laurie is also not a "normal" person, and in the moment when she is alone, the section makes clear how much of the metaphorical mask she actually wears. Just as the agent would have everyone believe that she left her past behind, she has not really done so. Far away as Doctor Manhattan is, physically, Laurie keeps him close emotionally (using a significant blue personal massager) and spends a significant amount of money using the Trieus Blue Moon Network that probably allows people to make the phone calling directly to Manhattan on Mars. It is only when Laurie talks to him (as far as she knows) that you see her facade wobble slightly before pulling it back to tell a philosophical story of how she became the person she is in the present.
Laurie has no way of knowing if Manhattan is actually receiving any of the messages that people all over the world are probably sending him every day, but the sections introduce the idea that he might, in fact. Shortly after Laurie gets out of the blue telephone booth, Angela's car crashes out of the sky in front of her. A s Laurie is watching, there are some of her who think that Manhattan might just be answering her joke.
Interestingly, the part of Laurie's joke that focuses on the world's smartest man who kills millions of people to save the world ends up more or less on the money. According to Laurie's story, God sends the brilliant man to hell for his atrocities. In reality, Adrian Veidt is in a very neat, palatial kind of hell where he quickly gets tired of spending time with the polite, but seemingly stupid clones who tend to his needs. "She Was Killed By Space Junk" finally confirms that Jeremy Irons is actually Watchmen's 's tag on Ozymandias, but what is really exciting to see is how pure monstrous Veidt has become in his old age. His willingness to kill the clones just for entertainment made it clear that the man is a sociopath, but seeing how easy it is for him to sacrifice them in his quest to plot an escape from his prison makes him so scary.
How Veidts will end up in Watchmen's main story is anyone's guess, but if and when he, Angela, and Laurie cross the crossroads, the series will have a half blow of the battle mind on their hands . Something is going on in Tulsa that is lower than octopus showers or the police dressed up as low rent super rents. It is something big, something dangerous and Watchmen's will be enticingly close to leading us all on what it is.
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