Welcome to the Heavy Spoilers show, I’m your host Deffinition and you’re now locked into the channel where we’ve been Watching The Watchmen to breakdown everything that you need to know about the new season on HBO.
Throughout this, we’ll be recapping the fourth entry in the series thus far and discussing where the show could be heading in the future.
There will be Heavy Spoilers here, so if you haven’t had a chance to watch episode four yet and don’t want to know what happens then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
With that out the way I just wanna give a huge thank you for clicking this video, now let’s get into our breakdown of Watchmen: Episode 4!
Ok so just a quick recap to bring you up to speed on everything.
So far on Watchmen, Sister Night, has uncovered what looks like it could be a huge conspiracy inside the police that seemingly shows one of it’s high ranking officers was linked with a group known as the Seventh Kavalry that carried out attacks on the police and public.
After this officer, Captain Judd, was murdered, it drew the attention of the FBI who sent in their agent, Laurie Blake who used to be Silk Spectre in order to investigate the crime.
Watchmen Episode 4 Breakdown
Episode 4 picks up very much in the midst of this with this cold war on the Seventh Kavalry and it also introduces many aspects of the show that we’ve only really had lip service paid to so far.
Like most of the episodes thus far we get a cold opening that shows us a childless couple that lives in Oklahoma being woken in the middle of the night by Lady Trieu who wishes to offer them a child in exchange for 40 acres of their land. For those who don’t know, Trieu actually purchased Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandius’ businesses and corporations before he went missing or as we know, off to the castle. The trillionaire has been slowly making her presence known in the area with a clock.
Trieu divulges that she has created the child from their biological material which she cultivated from one of her clinics. The couple don’t want to sell because their legacy is in their land but as they don’t have any kids this won’t be the case. Trieu has an awesome introduction and she instantly becomes one of the standout characters in the show thus far.
At the home, we see what appears to be Trieu’s daughter but it is possible that she is also a genetic creation and someone that has been engineered by the character in order to provide her with the legacy the she so desperately wants to bring to this family.
During the deal though something crashes to Earth and this becomes the main mystery of the episode.
Angela Destroys Will’s Wheelchair
We then go to Angela, who with Laurie and The FBI hot on her toes begins to do a major cleanup of her bakery including breaking down Will’s wheelchair which becomes a big story point later on.
Will can actually walk and has been feigning his disability. I’ll discuss this further in the recap but it is important as it shows the similarities with Angela who too has been pretending to be a lowly baker in order to avoid suspicion and attention.
When cleaning up the mess, Angela overhears a voicemail from the DNA center that states that Will, and therefore she has an extra branch to her family tree. Returning there she learns of Will’s past and his mother and father as well as the ordeal that he went through as a child. It’s where the series started to feel like it was coming full circle.
However, Angela doesn’t want much to do with the character and after hearing a large bang she runs outside to see Laurie where we left her last week with Angela’s car right in front of her. I love the fact that similar to last week she’s laughing maniacally as this ties a lot in with her father the Comedian who was known for finding the humor in destruction and shock.
The two have another tense conversation and this comes to a head later when Laurie takes over Judd’s office in the police department without asking for permission.
Laurie Is Watching
It’s clear that Laurie is keeping a close eye on the character and she’s not the only one. When disposing of Will’s wheelchair she is tracked by Lube Man, I mean Spandex-Man and he certainly is a slippery character and shows just how weird Watchmen can be.
It looks like this is Agent Petey due to his height, weight and so on and his sudden appearance makes a lot of sense as he arrived on the scene not long after Laurie and also has a fascination with Angela who as we know is a target for them.
We also learn about more of the squid fall and how, like the original hoax attack by Ozymandias, they appear and then die not long after. Those who are familiar with the source material will know that these creatures aren’t really alive and after seeing the suspicion surrounding the squid attack in the first episode I believe that the government or perhaps even Doctor Manhattan may be carrying these out in order to keep up appearances to stop the world from going back to war.
Anyway, Angela also discusses with Looking Glass, Judd’s closet costume and LG seems to be on Judd’s side about it. He doesn’t seem all that shocked either and I definitely think that this guy may secretly also be in on it, perhaps even behind the attack on Judd because I’m not too sure Will would have carried it out. In the build-up to Judd’s death we did see strobe lights flicker and he did use visual stimuli when interrogating the Kavalry member earlier in the episode.
After going back to the police station, Laurie and Angela head out to Trieu Industries in order to investigate why Angela’s car dropped from the sky. Laurie shows that she’s tightening the net on Angela and reveals she visited his husband and also discusses the trauma in Angela’s past that causes her to dress up like a nun.
It’s here that those who aren’t up to speed with Watchmen get to learn of Laurie’s past and whilst the two are currently at a standoff I think it’s becoming clear that the two will eventually end up becoming allies and this conversation shows the commonality that they have with one another.
This episode is really about inheritance and just in the same way that Laurie inherited being a masked vigilante from her parents, Angela has inherited unwanted things from her grandfather Will as well. In addition to this, the introduction of the episode too touched on this motif with the family possibly leaving nothing to inherit as they had no heirs and overall this piece showcases that everyone in the show is in some ways paying for the ‘sins of the father’.
Watchmen has always been very much about the past and how it impacts the future and this aesthetic is at its strongest in the episode.
At the corporation Trieu’s daughter gives Angela and Laurie a tour, I don’t know what went on there because no men allowed THIS IS SOME SJW WOKE BULLCRAP.
Nah they go there and meet Trieu and are told that the clock tells time. Trieu says that she comes from Vietnam and I actually have a theory that this may potentially be The Comedian’s daughter that the character seemingly killed at the time by shooting her mother when she was pregnant with her. I may be jumping the gun a bit but though the original source material stipulated that Doctor Manhattan did nothing during it and thus this showed his detachment from humanity, it was revealed later in the book that he did care about humans on some level due to micro-expressions and after the comedian departed he may have saved the child.
This elixir could have been given because he saw how important Trieu was and the clock that she is building, similar to Manhattan, may have the ability to view time simultaneously. This is all just my theory so if you disagree or agree with me then make sure you leave it in the comments section below.
Trieu is aware of Will and it looks like she is the one that rescued Will and is keeping him safe.
In Veidt’s story, we see him fishing in a lake and pulling out babies that eventually become the clones that serve him. We see him throwing some back probably because like the Buffalo in the prior episode he only is allowed a certain quota and if he passes this it will draw the attention of the Game Warden.
In short, I think that he is trapped and trying to build a means of escape with the clones. I’ve given all the evidence for that so year definitely check it out if you wanna know more.
Ozymandius is clearly going stir crazy though and has murdered all of the clones and has done this in order to create ammo for the catapult. He is testing to see whether it will fire beyond the barrier of his home and it seems to be successful. He built the suit in the last episode because outside of the barrier is the cold reaches of an inhospitable planet and thus he must have a suit that can do this.
We also learn that he has been there four years so it’s not the groundhog day situation that I have seen a lot of people saying that it is. It does look like he could be on the moon but I guess we will find out more as the series goes on.
Will Can Walk
I think now that Trieu has him trapped and did this after buying his company. We know that she can create babies and her vivarium shows that she can change environments and it’s definitely within her wheelhouse.
Back on Earth, Cal and Angela discuss Will and how the former is having difficulty trusting Angela when she is clearly hiding something.
Similar to this back at Trieu industries, Daughter Trieu has a dream of being in a village that men burned. This is clearly a memory of Trieu’s childhood and adds more weight to the fact that I think she is a clone of Trieu in order to carry on her legacy.
We see Will safe and sound there and it’s revealed that Will can indeed walk. It’s becoming clear that he is weaving this mystery for Angela to allow her to unearth everything slowly rather than dropping it on her all at once. We don’t know what the ins and outs of it are just yet but something is clearly building and though this episode seems predominantly set up, it is very intriguing, with Will revealing that Angela will learn the truth shortly and end up hating Will for it.
Episode 5 Predictions
Now going forward it looks like we are finally going to get some backstory for Looking Glass as well as what his true motives are. It appears that he may be infiltrating the Kavalry or that he could already be a member. Personally I think it’s the latter and this episode will be more of a showcase of his time before the police and how he ended up becoming part of their ranks.
Now he may not be just somethings I’ve seen over the episodes kinda paint him out as a shady character. Either way, it looks like he isn’t too big of a fan of Laurie and she may be going face to face with him at some point which the preview for next week is clearly pointing towards.
It also looks like Ozy may finally escape his prison and we will get some answers towards what’s going on with the character so I’m very hyped to see what happens with him and if we finally learn where he is.
Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode and if you agree with the theories in this video. Comment below and let me know and if you enjoyed this video then please give it a thumbs up and don’t forget to check out my Ozymandius plan breakdown as well as the series so far which will be linked at the end.
We also do a podcast called Watching The Watchmen in which we breakdown every issue of Watchmen page by page and also give our thoughts on Doomsday Clock.
I’ll leave that linked at the end and
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