Monday, July 12, 2021

Dana Awards: Watching a New Watchmen



This post contains bad, foul, filthy and unacceptable language - the words that “will curve your spine, grow hair on your hands and maybe, even bring us, God help us, peace without honor.”

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This is also not a post for those adults who are offended by this type of language.  Do yourself a favor, and go read some of my cute stuff before moral outrage can kick in.
Just about everything else on this blog is clean…Stupid sometimes, but clean.
End of Warning.

The George Awards this year will have far more Dana Awards for Profanity in Television because we all had to stay home and I watched a lot of streaming series to keep from going batshit insane.

There were only three positive side effects from getting HBO Max to see Wonder Woman 84. Two are Dana Award winners.

The other was the Linda Carter cameo.  YAY!

The HBO Max Watchmen series from 2019 was excellently executed.  I kinda feel like I can tell which parts came from before they realized they were making a Watchmen show and what was added afterwards, but I'm usually wrong about those kinds of things.

It kept my attention, and I thought it was cool how it had some dramatic reveals that only worked if you had read the original comic book story, and others that only worked if you had never read it.

One thing I found fantastic was how well it fit with the original Watchmen world.  

I think the pitfall that all follow ups, prequels, tie ins and other extensions of Moore and Gibbon's original work extends from those two being far too good at story telling and characterization.

You read Watchmen and its amazingly well done. The characters come to life on the page, and they're so fully developed, you want them to be better people than they clearly are.

The characters in Watchmen are severely damaged individuals, who aren't very efficient or successful as crimefighters, and have deep moral failings.  

I need to pause to state that having the in universe White Supremacists totally misunderstand Rorschach and see him as someone they were trying to emulate was a beautiful bit of meta-commentary on what happened to the comic book industry trying to emulate Watchmen by being dark and gritty, instead of being well constructed and intelligent. 

Because other creators have connected to the characters, in other adaptations or prequels the Crime Busters and Minute Men come off as more competent, and also more on the side of right in many cases.

For as much as I've complained about some of his other superhero takes, I'm a huge fan of Zach Snyder's Watchmen.  Yes, especially the directors cut.

One of the things I like about the movie is it captures the images and feel of the comic, but makes the characters far more competent as crime fighters. This is due to the fact that I,  similar to the creators I mentioned, like the characters, and enjoyed seeing them be somewhat more stable and skilled.

In the HBO Max series, the characters who dress as superheroes are all really screwed up, and their superheroing usually doesn't help make things better.

It was still a hell of a ride, and the cast was absolutely brilliant.  Jean Smart as an older, jaded Laurie was a spectacular stand out.

As for the Dana award, that goes to the other spectacular stand out.

Seeing the amazing Jeremy Irons play it calm and reserved the whole time he's on screen, until Episode 3 when one of his bizarre attempts to (at the time) do Lord knows what fails miserably. He then devolved into a huge profane rant while stomping on a frozen corpse in an extremely entertaining fashion.

"Damn it…grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Damn it. Damn it!
Shit! Fuck! Shit!
Shit and shit and fuck!
Motherfucking shit!
Fucking damn it!
And motherfucking shit!"

Bonus points for when asked what went wrong by a servant, he quickly collected himself and said-  "I think we're going to need a thicker skin," like nothing happened.

Come back next week for another Dana Award for a show it took me way too long to see, and might just go to myself for saying "Holy Shit! That was Great!"

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