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The word “influencer” typically means something specific in the social media marketing field, despite the cringe-worthy smartphone dipshits we might instinctively associate with it. People commonly equate the term with posting shit to Instagram as a “job”, not necessarily caring (I assume) if their selfies and dog photos are riveting enough for companies to hit you up and ask you to help sell their products. Sometimes the priority is to simply become popular and if a given breakfast picture doesn’t accumulate the desired number of likes and thirsty comments, the complaining starts. View full article »

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Not unlike Snyder’s 2009 film adaptation, HBO’s Watchmen TV series misses some key points of Alan Moore’s iconic novel, including its satirical approach to superheroes and (due to being a follow-up) the ambiguity of its ending; the overwhelming uncertainty on whether Ozymandias’ plan for world peace worked, or if the newspapers indeed released Rorschach’s journal and undid utopia in the name of ultimate truth. The movie got the latter right, on top of often doing the visual splendor justice.

But oh well. The TV show – which, in spite of what I expected early on, is not an adaptation – tells us what may have happened next in this alternate history and how it would have influenced the climate of 2019. Like the source material, it has allegories for contemporary anxieties, but these are decidedly more ham-fisted and wannabe-topical, where Rorschach has been malformed into an idol of freedom for those darn white supremacists and the righteous “costumed heroes” that counter them bear a resemblance to AntiFa activists, only these are friendly with the police.

It’s certainly not like Joker where the symbolism is just vague enough that the message may be about a general type of radical behavior – justified, in one’s mind, by hatred for those in control – that anyone from anywhere is capable of. Here, we’re spoonfed who the lefties and righties are, and furthermore who the baddies are. Moore was hardly so simple.

The show is shaping up to be pretty in-your-face and goofy in other ways, particularly in its dialogue, and how said dialogue is used for exposition (sometimes only this and nothing more). Whether pre-existing music is used more cleverly here than in the Snyder flick, I cannot decide. I tend to excuse the film’s goofiness since it displays some understanding of the fact that Watchmen isn’t meant to have an idealized view of costumed heroes, the same way previous comics had. With the TV series, it seems we’re absolutely meant to admire these characters and go “YASSS” when Regina King sashays forth to bust some fash-skulls. We have comic relief characters for the intended silliness.

So far, I do enjoy Tim Blake Nelson and Jeremy Irons, as well as the idea that it follows the “transdimensional squid” ending of the comic and so doesn’t rely on the previous screen adaptation. I might tune in again to see where the larger story heads, if I truly must know what became of the Watchmen universe. It’s gonna be a “maybe”, although for what I’ve seen so far, the thumb is ultimately pointing down.

2/5

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Based on true imaginings. In an unnaturally cold apocalypse-preventative future, reproduction, travel, and meat consumption are outlawed, ensuring a once prophesied utopia. However, one man breaks the New Worldwide Law and suffers accordingly at the hands of our kween. Sorry, what’s that? Greta Thunberg has already had her (admittedly gargantuan) 15 minutes. Fuck!