Watchmen Podcast Season 1 – Episode 1: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”

For nearly 100 years, the truth of what happened in Tulsa was kept out of textbooks and only whispered about among survivors. “Watchmen” will be the first time many people will learn about the rampage. (The Washington Post)

Welcome to season one of HBO’s Watchmen and season one of Watchmen Podcast! Your knowledgeable and very excited hosts tackle the explosive, thought-provoking, fascinating alternative reality built bit by bit in the first episode, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice.” Your hosts take you from the very beginning with the violent and extremely real Tulsa 1921 massacre to the Comedian-esque twist at the very end, plus what they’re hoping to see throughout the series. CarolynWendy Vanessa, and Toni explore this in excruciating detail! 

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(Watchmen, HBO)

Detailed breakdown:

  • Superman and Supergirl allegories tied into the Tulsa massacre and possibly Batman
  • How each host had originally heard about Tulsa (if they ever did before the episode)
  • Exploring the world building in each piece of artwork, media
  • The tensions between Seventh Kavalry and the police
  • Vigilantes’ roles within the police department
  • Angela’s overall role…is she Rorschach or is she Nite Owl II in this story?
  • Who is the mystery man at the end? What’s his story?

HBO provided supplemental reading on their site called “Peteypedia,” with all kinds of history, background and fill-ins for the episode.

LOGLINE: Set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, WATCHMEN, from executive producer Damon Lindelof (Emmy® winner for “Lost”; HBO’s “The Leftovers”) embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name, while attempting to break new ground of its own. Nicole Kassell directs the pilot from a script written by Lindelof.

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