Watchmen Recap: Thermodynamic Miracles or the Sciencey Version of It’s All Connected Clockers



Regina King and Jean Smart make for an interesting combination on screen, while the introduction of Lady Trieu fills a couple of pieces of the puzzle.

This recap of Watchmen Season 1, Episode 4, “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

Last week’s episode of Watchmen was a clearing of the mind, so to speak. After two episodes that were jammed packed with so much information, plot twists, and Easter eggs, some viewers, understandably, were losing interest. Leave it to Jean Smart to deliver a stunning and ultra-cool performance of a new strong female character; it may be the breakout character the show needs. The “She Was Killed By Space Junk” episode was simplified, yet expertly constructed, and kicked the show into high gear, leading us into “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” that we hoped would clear up if Senator Keane set up the bomber to make himself even more presidential in the eyes of the people and tell us why Blake wanted to run an autopsy on Crawford’s body. More importantly, several pieces from the first three episodes are starting to take shape to fill in the puzzle.

The legacy of Watchmen has always been a wide range of singular original characters, and one of those standouts finally shows up tonight. Lady Trieu (Hong Chau of Homecoming and Downsizing fame) knocks on the door of an Oklahoma farm couple that I’m guessing are 20 years younger here before they posed for a painting of American Gothic. They are a middle-aged couple who met too late in life to have children. The writers displayed a bit of foreshadowing if there ever was some, as she tripped in front of him and broke the half-dozen eggs that she couldn’t sell on the side of the road. She will buy their farm, but they need to make the call in minutes or before the last grain of sand passes through the hourglass, or in this case, the two-minute glass (ever notice villains or arrogant ****** with money use this instead of even a watch from Apple?). Even though it’s been in his family for generations, it’s their only chance to leave a legacy with a child they can leave behind. She specifically made it from them. You see, as the baby has her eyes and his rumpled forehead; not to mention the five million dollars she has tried into an account with their names on it. After accepting, the reason why she buys the farm comes to fruition as what looks like a meteorite falls from the sky and lands on her freshly bought piece of Dust Bowl heaven. The couple asks her, “What is that?” Her reply? “It’s mine.”

Shifting gears, Agent Blake is getting closer to Angela’s cover-up, so Night brings Looking Glass their former mentor’s cavalry outfit, right before letting him know he was probably a racist. His reply, “No, he was a white man Oklahoma.” She also hands him a small container of what looks like it could be an unmarked bottle of medicine she found in the glove compartment of her slightly used but returned SUV. She wants Glass to give it to his ex to find out exactly what it has inside, over his own objections. Glass tells her “you reckon we are having a reckoning.” Shortly after, in a scene of incredibly well-paced timing, Night walks onto a bridge and throws a bag of evidence into a garbage truck that just passed below. In the corner of her eye, she spots a tall, thin vigilante who is dressed as something from a Guillermo Del Toro movie watching her, then runs away and escapes by spraying himself with a couple of easily accessible bottles of lube to slide down a grate to the sewer below.

Of course, no episode is complete without an appearance from our new favorite Mrs. Robinson, Jean Smart’s Agent Blake, who has now taken over Judd’s office for herself. She takes her fanboy, Petey, and Night for a ride, with a one-sided conversation of the traumas that they hide behind their masks and some thermodynamic miracles. Blake’s parents were The Comedian and Silk Spectre; she was the result of rape as her biological father impregnated her mother without consent, as Petey tells from memory. Either way, as Agent Blake explains, “It’s the sciencey version of it’s all connected.”

From there Blake, Night, and Petey go to the great Space Needle of Tulsa that was built on all the land Lady Trieu has gobbled up. The structure contains six ships that could have flown and returned Night’s car. It turns out Ms. Trieu owns the building (if not, must be one hell of a lease), as she has not built the eighth wonder of the world, but the first wonder of the new world, she explains. It’s equipped with additional goodness, including what can only be described as a luxurious Bio-Dome, with the one thing missing from the Paulie Shore & Steven Baldwin pile of steaming garbage, was the humidity. She added that to keep the promise to her grandma whom she never leave Vietnam, so she takes the country with her. While Blake drifts off, she gives Night a message in Vietnamese, telling Night that her grandfather wanted to know is she has his medicine? Night replies that he can ask her himself.

Then, in what seems like another land in a faraway place, everyone’s favorite clone maker extraordinaire, Arthur Veidt, is using a technique out of Braveheart by catapulting any Mr. Philips that he can get his hand on, into the air, to float one into space. When you combine this with Mr. Phillips #1,125 (my best guess) crashing back to earth in last week’s episode when, frozen, but still in his medieval first-run spacesuit, what is the most logical conclusion? He’s trying to see how and when he can get into space to take his hero worship of Doctor Manhattan to a whole new level. This is all after we find out how he creates his clones, by checking his fetus traps, what can only be described as a lobster cage, from a local lake, tossing the new-born back into the water if they don’t meet his criteria for inspection?

The show then transitions from the shot of the Veidt staring at the moon from his telescope while in the background we see a vanishing Mr. Phillips disappear into the moonlit night to Sister Night returning home under the same sky. Earlier in the episode we see Night’s husband explain to their young family. There is no heaven, in fact, it doesn’t exist. Later, after Night tries to pick a fight with him over talking to Agent Blake without telling her, he goads her into thinking his compulsive truth-telling sold her down the river with her about her investigation into Judd’s murder. In fact, he lied for her even though he hates to, which may demonstrate what true love is when you lie for someone without regret.

Watchmen Season 1, Episode 4, “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own”, there ends with the classic cliffhanger and revealing character interactions. Yes, Lady Trieu is indeed allowing 110-year-old William Reeves to Air B&B at her lovely first-world wonder. She questions if he is fully invested, as she is; he assures her in three days his only granddaughter will hate him when everything is revealed, and his feet are just warm, thank you.

Going into the next week’s episode, we have to wonder what will happen in three days’ time? Who was the Abe Sapien/Amphibian Man looking vigilante who escaped with his own mobile slip N’ slide suit? What were Angela and her husband doing in Vietnam when they met? What will the testing of William Reeve’s medication reveal? How far will Blake go to get to the truth of Sister Night’s investigation? Lastly, what exactly landed on that rich Oklahoma farmland… And was someone inside?

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M.N. Miller

M.N. Miller has been a film and television writer for Ready Steady Cut since August of 2018 and is patiently waiting for the next Pearl Jam album to come out.

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