'Watchmen' Episode 7: Laurie Blake is the most sensible person on the show and she's done with all the silliness

Laurie clearly understands that vigilantes do have their hearts in the right place and she still considers the Watchmen and their predecessors, the Minutemen, as heroes. However, it's because she understands them that she is so done with them.


                            'Watchmen' Episode 7: Laurie Blake is the most sensible person on the show and she's done with all the silliness

Even in the original comics, 'Watchmen' was always more a commentary on superheroes than a superhero story on its own. This aspect of the world is more pronounced than ever in Damon Lindelof's TV adaptation of the cult classic for HBO. 

The only original member of the Watchmen who's still active in the world is Laurie Blake (Jean Smart), who used to be the second vigilante known as Silk Spectre and later became the Comedienne. Considering her family's history and her own personal history of masked vigilantism, there's really no one who understands this world better than Laurie.  

Now after decades of heroics, Laurie is seriously done with all the drama that comes with the hero life, especially the villainous monologues. She makes this clear in her conversation with Senator Joe Keene (James Wolk), telling him off for using a trapdoor on her and refusing to listen to his "evil scheme".

As an FBI agent, Laurie has become a one-woman anti-vigilante squad. We've already seen her arrest Batman (well someone who looks like him at least) and she clearly has a distaste for masked heroes. 

That's not to say she's against vigilantes in general. She clearly understands that vigilantes do have their hearts in the right place and she still considers the Watchmen and their predecessors, the Minutemen, as heroes. However, it's because she understands them that she is so done with them.

In many ways, Laurie has become more like her father, the Comedian, than ever before. Like him, she understands that these vigilantes think they're doing the right thing and that the villains think they're being clever with their traps and schemes. It's not that she doesn't understand these people, it's just that she knows that at the end of the day, all of this, the heroism and the villainy, is all for nothing and that's why she's the most sensible person in the world of 'Watchmen'.

'Watchmen' Episode 8 'A God Walks Into Abar' will air on HBO on December 8.

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