Watchmen Episode 2 Review: “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship”

As Angela relives haunting memories of an attack on her family, she detains a mysterious man who claims responsibility for Tulsa's most recent murder; An original play is performed for an audience of one.

Watchmen Episode 2 Review

“Watchmen” Episode 2, “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship,” painted a sweeping landscape while amplifying echoes of the Alan Moore graphic novel that spawned this HBO series.

Our second “Watchmen” Deep Dive unearths secrets behind Judd Crawford’s death, Adrian Veidt’s timeline, and Will Reeves’ powerful connections. This episode also explores:

  • the meaning behind the episode title and artwork in the Crawford home
  • parallels between Looking Glass and Rorschach
  • the thin line between police action and vigilante terrorism
  • how Spark Hydrants power the world
  • what really happened during the White Night
  • how a giant squid led to no cell phones or Internet
  • and what everyone can learn from Peteypedia.

Watchmen Episode 2 Summary:
“Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship” In World War I, an African-American soldier, the father of the child from the Tulsa riots, pockets a piece of German propaganda challenging their racial equality. In the present, Angela takes the elderly man to her hideout; he says his name is Will and claims to be her grandfather, which she later validates. The police round up several subjects from Nixonville on suspicion of Judd’s lynching. Will warns Angela of Judd’s duplicity, which she initially doubts, but during Judd’s wake, she discovers he has a Ku Klux Klan outfit in a secret closet. She asks Will how he knew, to no avail, so she arrests him. As she places him in her car, a flying craft drops an electromagnet and takes the vehicle with Will in it and dropping the German propaganda his father had given him. Meanwhile, the Lord watches Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks perform his play: a retelling of Doctor Manhattan’s origins. Unexpectedly, the Lord incinerates Phillips as part of the play and names one of the other servants – apparent clones of Phillips and Crookshanks – as the new “Mr. Phillips”.

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1 Response

  1. gawaine says:

    For the record Jean Smart plays Laurie Blake not the widow Crawford. And she’s also great in Legion.

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