HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ is off to a brilliant start

“Why isn’t everybody petrified?”

It’s a question posed by a character who will remain nameless a little more than halfway through the first season of Watchmen. The context for that question is the stuff of spoilers, but the scene and episode it’s a part of directly address one of the prevailing themes in the cable network’s latest prestige series: trauma.

Watchmen, the HBO spin on that title, is a story about trauma: the kinds we share and the kinds we suffer alone. It explores the sources of our emotional wounds, and the various ways that living with the burden of psychological scar tissue can shape reality at every level life and society. Read more…

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