Monday Watchmen


A rare treat for me this week as I get to watch eight hours of exquisite prestige TV, and not the usual stuff that fills this column, like that time I saw Barry from EastEnders wrestling with a pipe full of Michael Buerk’s crap in Celebrity 5 Go Barging. Normally, I am served the mince and asked to chew the gristle out of it and tell you whether or not the taste is worth the effort. Today, finally, I get a steak, and honestly I don’t know what to do with it. I feel like quietly asking the waiter for ketchup to help me gulp it down with.

So to Watchmen (Monday, 9pm, Sky Atlantic), then, which is an astonishing feat of adaptation, a miracle of a series that slowly unfurls like a puzzle box: at times so cinematic as to be breathtaking, just a little bit pretentious, and unafraid to take risks (the recent black-and-white flashback episode deserves to sneak into any “best individual TV episodes of the decade” lists). To recap: in 1986, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons produced an intricate-like-a-watch limited comics series for DC that was widely thought to be totally unadaptable for TV or film (brief synopsis: masked vigilantes with human flaws, plus one unkillable superbeing, help win the Vietnam war and try to end the cold one).



I thought this was intriguing but it is HBO and Den ain’t got no. 😦

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15 Responses to Monday Watchmen

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Clear and freezing cold.


    • Den says:

      Frost on roofs here. 32 F or 0 C temp.

      No degrees on my keyboard


    • Micki says:

      Pea soup fog at the moment. Woke up to 31º F. Don’t know what it is now.

      Earlier, I had a lovely, early morning view of the Canadian Cascades, before the fog rolled in.


    • °¿º arol says:

      The high today here at the ranch was 44°. Slight drizzle all day long. Rained over night, too, the ashtray on the back deck was almost full.

      Windy now, got really windy a couple hours ago. Gust up to 17 mpg here according to my little weather station outside.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Here are all the pedantic rules for writing units and unit abbreviations:


    • Den says:

      Picky picky


      • David B. Benson says:

        The SI rules are there to avoid any ambiguity in the exposition of technical results. As an example, 100 C means 100 kilo calories, a food designation of energy. Of course, 100 °C is the boiling point of water at 1 bar ptessure, sea level, while 100° is slightly more than a right angle.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Standard 15 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe in the 2 °C weather.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    Interesting reading in these days of serious climate change:


  5. °¿º arol says:

    Speaking of Maru: The Kobayashi Maru is a training exercise in the fictional Star Trek universe designed to test the character of Starfleet Academy cadets in a no-win scenario. Captain Kirk was the only one to beat it. He reprogammed the test so it was possible to win.


  6. °¿º arol says:

    Yes, I put in my time again today and watched all 9 hours of the hearing. Of course, I didn’t sit there for 9 hours straight because since I recorded it from 9:00 a.m. on, I could pause it and do other things. It took more than 9 hours for me, but at least I didn’t end up stuck to the chair.

    The republicans were awful, as usual. They constantly interrupt, asking for point of order, or something like that. Mostly Nadler gavelled them down because they were mostly trying to obstruct, waste time. A couple of the congressman are darn near unbearable. Doug Collins, Gym Jorden and Matt Gaetz. Loud, obnoxious, rude, unbearable. I fast forwarded through them when the hair started standing up on my arms.

    Gaetz, which I didn’t realize until someone reminded me, was the congressman who once threatened to throw that journalist over a railing in the capitol. He won reelection, of course.


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