* Warning: Spoilers ahead of all broadcast episodes of HBO's Watchmen .
HBO's Watchmen is not a mere adaptation of the famous comic, but explores how the world looks more than 30 years after the events of the comics of in 1985. This story ended (er, Verderber?) With the end of the Cold War due to the efforts of former Masked Vigilante Ozymandias, also known as Adrian Veidt, who faked an alien attack to place the rival powers in a state of peace. 19659003] But the world is not just sunshine and rainbows, as evidenced by the bodies piling up in the Watchmen show. And just because HBO's Watchmen decades after the graphic novel takes place does not mean that we do not get much clue to the things that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon wrote about.
The Comedian's Button
One of the most famous motifs of Watchmen is the yellow smiley face based on the button that the comedian – whose death begins with the comic – wore when he died. The button has the shape that Angela Abar (Regina King) makes out of eggs when cooking in episode 1.
. 2 The Comic's Blood
At the end of Episode 1, there's another clue to the comedian's death. The drop of blood on Judd Crawford's badge exactly matches the drop of blood on the comic's button. There is also a drop of blood in an egg yolk.
. 3 The 51st State
In the pilot episode of Watchmen Angela mentions that she is from the state of Vietnam. The Vietnam War is set in Watchmen (19459004) – the comic strip in which the uncle Dr. Manhatttan can finally win the war for the United States – placed relatively large. Then it becomes the 51st state.
. 4 Tricky Dick
Episodes 1 and 2 head to Nixonville, a trailer park that serves as a breeding ground for members of the Seventh Cavalry. The place is decorated with a life-size statue of Richard Nixon. In the comics, the United States' victory in Vietnam meant Nixon's continued popularity. He was repealed the 22nd Amendment (which limits the term of office of a President to two terms) and remained president until at least the end of 1985. A scene in the pilot shows that Nixon's face is on Mount Rushmore.
. 5 The Sundance Kid
The comics claim that Robert Redford may run for the presidency soon and occupy Ronald Reagan's place as the Watchmen actor in the universe. In 2019, HBO's Watchmen states that Redford has actually been president for several decades.
. 6 Adrian Veidt, dead?
At the end of the graphic novel Watchmen former masked vigilante Adrian Veidt managed to prevent World War III by attacking New York City with a giant squid that everyone assumes is from a different dimension. The US and the USSR then reassure them with all the stuff of the Cold War, since an extra-dimensional attack is a bigger thing . However, Rorschach's diary of his investigation and subsequent discovery of Veidt's shadiness was sent to the right-wing newspaper The New Frontiersman leaving the door open for the possibility – confirmed in the show – that some people believe that the squid attack is planned. All this may be the reason why Veidt (probably, but not confirmed, that he is Jeremy Irons character) pretended his own death and disappeared, as the headline of the pilot shows.
. 7 New Frontiersman and Nova Express
We see the New Frontiersman in Episode 2, which deals with conspiracies (real) against the cuttlefish rain. At the beginning of the episode, the news provider also sells the Nova Express another Watchmen newspaper. It is the ideological opposite of New Frontiersman (19459004) and its more respected counterpart (19659004). A Known Salesman
The Newspaper Vendor in Episode 2 is terribly dressed like Watchmen's newspaper counterpart, an often-seen subordinate character who is a fan of conspiracy theories and chatter (two things he shares with his HBO) counterpart ) and was killed in Veidts squid attack.
. 9 Electric Cars
Electric cars are available in our world, but they are not cheap enough that the Watchmen pilot's farmer / cop killer (and electric car driver) can probably afford one. The graphic novel says: Manhattan can synthesize the lithium needed to make the batteries, which means that electric cars are widely used as early as 1985 in the Watchmen universe.
10th The Dr. Manhattan Cancer Connection
Speaking of Lithium: In the pilot episode on the Seventh Calvary, a sinister plan with old watch batteries in motion is shown. These special watch batteries were banned before the show because they are made of "synthetic lithium", which is believed to cause cancer. In the graphic novel, it's part of Adrian Veidts plan to make people believe that being close to Dr. Manhattan causes cancer. Of course, this is not a fear that has completely passed away. Clocks are a recurring theme in the comic and show up equally.
. 11 Manhattan on Mars
When Judd Crawford informs the woman about the death of her husband in the pilot, a livestream of Dr. Watson is broadcast on television in her house. Manhattan is around on Mars, where he's probably been the comics since the end of the year. (The artful sandcastle he build resembles both the mansion of Veidt and the structure that Topher Abar built from magnetic toys in Episode 2.)
Another technological element Dr. Ing. Manhattan Airships are a kind of on-board poster for the upcoming show American Hero Story: Minutemen . Tulsa police use a different type of airship that looks remarkably similar to the one used by Nite Owl in the comics.
. 13 Owl Goggles
The Airship of the Police Department is not the only piece of Nite Owl-inspired technology from the HBO show. The goggles Angela uses in Episode 2 are remarkably similar to those of the second Nite Owl even though he has no X-ray abilities. (But hey, it was the 80s.)
14. American Hero Story: Minutemen
In addition to a riff on Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story franchise ( not part of Watchmen [19459005)] universe, at least as far as we know), American Hero Story: Minutemen refers to the "Minutemen", the first group of masked vigilantes. They were in operation in the 1940s before they broke up. In the pilot, we see a commercial for the same show. In episode 2, there are several characters.
15th Hooded Justice
One of the founding members of the Minutemen was Hooded Justice, who opted to retire in the World of Watchmen rather than reveal his true identity to the House Un-American Activities Committee. His outfit – a huge cape and a hood paired with a noose – resembles the outfit that Bass Reeves wore in the silent movie from the first scene of HBO's Watchmen . (Reeves turns off the sling for a lasso.) We see more of Hooded Justice in the play American Hero Story we see in Episode 2; There it goes into the theory that Hooded Justice was a circus strongman named Rolf Müller. In the spin-off of Prequel Before Watchmen this theory is declared false.
sixteenth Dollar Bill
Another member of the Minutemen was Dollar Bill, who was the only superhero employed by a private organization. (In his case, the National Bank.) A National Bank billboard with dollar bill is based on the seventh Kalvary cattle farm, which was attacked by Tulsa police in the pilot project.
17th The Moth
Episode 2 refers to Minuteman The Moth, one of the few masked superheroes still alive during the Watchmen comic. (We do not see him, but there are several reminders that he's somewhere in an asylum.) In HBO's Watchmen journalists traveling on motorized wings are called "moths."
18th Face / Mask
In the pilot episode, Judd Crawford calls on policeman Looking Glass to "move forward, make faces," meaning his mask, "down." The mask has a similar silhouette to Rorschach's mask, which he refers to as his "face". During the scene in which Looking Glass interviews the member of Seventh Kalvary during the pod scene, reflections make his mask look more like Rorschach's.
When Angela goes to her son Topher's Career Day, you can see a poster in the classroom explaining the "anatomy of a squid". This is a recall of Veidt's "alien" squid attack that most people in the US carry out. World of HBO's Watchmen clearly still believe in it. The show also occasionally features "Octopus Rain", presumably developed by the government to keep up the trick.
20th "The future is bright"
Early in the pilot episode, one sees a man holding a sign reading "The future is bright" in his hands. This is the reverse version of the shield that Rorschach wears in Manhattan when he does not wear a mask. He reads "The end is near".
Another timidly optimistic image is seen in episode 2, in which Angela and Cal (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) watch a clock as they count down the minutes to Christmas. The clock is an exact replica of the doomsday clock from the comics and is progressively following the path of humanity to nuclear annihilation. At Madison Square Garden, after the cuttlefish attack, a clock with the same design covered with blood and surrounded by corpses can be seen. The same dial can be seen in the background in the second episode, in which Adrian Veidts servants perform his play. Veidts pocket watch and the timer from the second scene in Angela's bakery, in which she interrogates Will for the second time, have a similar design. All clocks show a few minutes until midnight.
22nd The Watchmaker's Son
The mentioned piece by Veidt shows the genesis of Manhattan. At the Gila Flats Test Base in the 1950s, a scientist named Jon Ostermen goes to the Intrinsic Field Subtractor to get the watch he has repaired for his friend Janey Slater. The subtractor is turned on, and Dr. Osterman becomes Dr. Manhattan. The name of the play is The Watchmaker's Son and dr. Manhattan's father was a watchmaker. The piece ends with Osterman saying, "Nothing ends. Nothing ever ends ", which is a word from Dr. Manhattan's last words are in Watchmen .
23rd Poison Pill
When the Tulsa bulls move to Seventh Calvary, one of them manages to kill himself with a poison pill before Angela can pick him up. This recalls a scene from the comics of Watchmen in which Adrian Veidt's would-be assassin kills himself in the same way. (Later it became known that Veidt hired the assassin and force-fed him to convince Rorschach that the killer of the comedian is someone who has a grudge against masked heroes.)
24. With love from Russia
In the 1945-0000 Watchmen New York, just after Adrian's attack on Manhattan, which ends the Cold War, begins to love everything Russian, as evidenced by a few posters and shop windows ("Burgers & Nbsp; Borscht "). This goes well with Angela's alter ego, who wears a bright red and yellow tracksuit, has a Russian accent, says he is a communist and is nicknamed Red Scare.
25th "Who's watching the guards?"
The Tulsa police motto is " Quis custodiet ipsos custodes ?". Latin for "Who's watching the guards?" In the comics, this is a slogan used by the superhero – hatred of the public, which causes riots after the police strike to ban the vigilantes.
26th Drink Something
Judd Crawford's office in the police headquarters has two Easter eggs, as seen in the pilot. One is an owl shaped cup, a clear sign of the two super heroes known as Nite Owl. (One of the Minutemen, one of the Watchmen.)
27. Under the Hood
The Other Easter Egg Courtesy of Crawford: A Copy of Under the Hood a memoir by Hollis Mason, the original Nite Owl. Chapters of his book have been included in the text of Watchmen .
Angela has the password for her hiding place "1985", the year in which Watchmen comics take place.
On the desk of Adrian Veidt is a glass doodad, which looks horribly like a bottle of nostalgic perfume, one of the many products of Adrian Veidts group.
30th The pale horse
In the first and second episode, Adrian Veidt rides a white horse to his country estate. The phrase Pale Horse is quite prominent towards the end of Guardian . A band of the same name plays on the night of the squid attack in Madison Square Garden. Everyone who listened to them dies.
31st Old Obsession
The name of Veidts horse is Bucephalus, derived from the name of Alexander the Great Horse. In the comics Veidt is obsessed by Alexander the Great and repeats his journey through the Mediterranean and Northeast Africa. Veidts obsession with Alexander the Great can be seen a little later in the episode when the piece he wrote contains the line "as impenetrable as the Gordian knot itself". The Gordian Knot, which Alexander the Great is known not to unravel with a sword, is used by Veidt as a metaphor for his own plan to stop the Cold War by feigning an extra-dimensional attack.
During the pilot phase, in which Veidt chats with his servants, a cover of Nat King Coles's "Unforgettable" can be heard. This song plays a role in the comics; The lyrics contrast with a scene in which the second Nite Owl and the second Silk Specter become physical in the ship of the former.
33rd To-May-To, To-Mah-To
Tomatoes grow on trees on Adrian Veidts estate. One explanation: Veidt's interest in genetic engineering is also evident in his fleet of clergymen. (In the comics Veidt did not come to humans yet, but he has a genetically modified lynx named Bubastis.)
34. Senator Joe Keene
When Judd Crawford sets off late in the Watchmen pilot project to face his fate, one hears on the radio about ex-Senator Joe Keene ("a real cowboy as opposed to our current one Sundancer-in-Chief ") and his son Joe Junior (also a senator). The latter appears in person in the second episode and is reported to have continued as a secondary character throughout the season. The first Senator Keene introduced the Keene law, which resulted in the ban on a masked vigilante.
35th Nite Owl, Anyone?
The final scene of Watchmen shows that Judd Crawford was killed by an elderly man who had escaped as a child at the start of the Tulsa Race Massacre episode. You may need subtitles to notice, but when Angela discovers her boss's body, an owl cheers in the background.
36th Psychic Powers
In the second episode of Watchmen Will Reeves jokes that he has killed Judd Crawford with "psychic powers". That's not true, but it's not impossible. In the world of guards psychic forces are in fact real. Adrian Veidt used them (or rather someone's stolen brain with them ) to enforce his squid-plot.
37th Black and Yellow
The Tulsa Police Department's color scheme – black uniforms, canary yellow masks and batons – matches the color scheme of Watchmen the yellow of which comes from the comedian's smiley button above
38 , Manhattan Powers
In Episode 2, Will examines three of Dr. Manhattan's powers based on comics: he can grow, he can make copies of himself and he can change the color of his skin.
. 39 Happy Halloween
In a particularly offbeat scene from the graphic novel, the first Nite Owl – now an old man who cares deeply about his cause – is murdered by people who confuse him for his successor. His body is found by three scammers: a ghost, a pirate and a devil. There's also a trio of trick-or-treaters in episode two: Cal and two of his and Angela's kids. You are a ghost, a pirate and (wait and see) an owl.
40th Many Pirates Watchmen may contain a lot of owl material, but let's not ignore the pirates. There is the above-mentioned Halloween costume. In the background of this scene you can see a LEGO sculpture of a pirate ship being attacked by a giant squid. (Of course.) One of the Tulsa detectives is called "Pirate Jenny." There is a connection to the graphic novel: in one of the subplots of Watchmen cut out of the 2009 film, is a pirate ship called the Black Freighter. In one of the universal essays accompanying each issue of Watchmen the popularity of pirate comics is explored. It turns out that one of the authors of Veidt was hired to help with the whole thing with the squid.
41st Silhouette Lovers
At the beginning of the second episode, Angela drives past a painted silhouette of two lovers kissing each other. This is the same silhouette as a prominent placement on the comic pages. One of the Minutemen was also called Silhouette, but we do not know much about her.