The voicemailers dominate this final mailbag edition of Shat on TV: Watchmen, with five callers sharing their opinions on everything from Dr. Manhattan to podcasts themselves. Plus, a King Bee critic calls in with an apology. Newsstand email covers listeners' final thoughts on the season as a whole, key characters, and even an umm ... actually.
Dec 30, 2019
1 hr 3 min
Based on your letters and voicemail, "Watchmen" Episode 9 hit a home run. The season finale, "See How They Fly," satisfied viewers who wanted a story with few loose ends and a simple resolution. It also fueled tons of conversation about why Angela Abar ate the egg, what Europa meant to Adrian Veidt, and whether Lady Trieu was Trieuly Evil.
Dec 20, 2019
The season finale, "See How They Fly," inspired our last, longest and best "Watchmen" Deep Dive. Gene examines whether Doctor Manhattan committed suicide. Roger ponders why Angela Abar was so quick to gobble her magic egg. The King Bee worships at the altar of Ozymandias, and the three rate how well each character was used.
Dec 18, 2019
1 hr 18 min
The Shat Crew provide their immediate reactions to the Watchmen season finale: Episode 9, "See How They Fly." The King Bee spotlights Jeremy Irons' exquisite performance as Adrian Veidt, while Roger Roeper says he was satisfied by not impressed. Gene mulls over the possibility Doctor Manhattan committed suicide by Trieu, and we learn the secret identity of Lube Man.
Dec 15, 2019
"Watchmen" Episode 8 focused on Dr. Manhattan and Angela Abar, so we weren't surprised when your letters also centered around the two biggest characters in Damon Lindelof's new TV universe. Email and voicemail sparked conversation about tachyonic antitelephones, whether Topher's being fed mini-bites of blue goodness, and how Adrian Veidt still fits into the story.
Dec 13, 2019
Episode 8, "A God Walks into A Bar." A Watchmen Deep Dive told in three acts. Act 1: Gene Lyons explains Dr. Manhattan. Fast forward to Act 2 (34:00) if you don't care about retrocausality. Act 2: Roger Roeper finds Jesus in "Watchmen." Zip ahead to Act 3 (50:00) if the Bible doesn't interest you. Act 3: The King Bee explores what Adrian Veidt's persecution in the post-credits scenes tells us about Europa and Veidt's motivations. Oh, and he takes a stab at the horseshoe thing. It's pretty good.
Dec 10, 2019
1 hr 8 min
The Shat Crew provide their immediate reactions to Watchmen Episode 8, "A God Walks into A Bar." Roger hails it as possibly the best episode yet, while Gene marvels at how the storytelling took him from rejection last week to absolute adoration this week. Plus, Adrian Veidt gracefully slips back into the story, and Roger announces the creation of the Shat on TV Store. Have a quick listen, write us at email@example.com, and listen in Tuesday for the Watchmen Deep Dive.
Dec 9, 2019
Man, did we piss some people off! Listeners write in about what we got wrong with the Episode 7 Deep Dive, what we got right, and what the heck is happening at the Millenium Clock. Hear why Roger feels like he's Doctor Manhattan, and discover the link between Watchmen, Star Wars, and Nietzsche. Experience Gene's encounter with "black girl magic voice," and witness our first-ever love letter to The King Bee.
Dec 5, 2019
Episode 7, "An Almost Religious Awe" delivered the biggest plot twists we've seen so far, but were they overly telegraphed? And are they true to the "Watchmen" spirit? Our seventh "Watchmen" Deep Dive dissects some of the decisions made by Damon Lindelof's team as The King Bee busts out some Reflectatine and Gene Lyons explains why Episode 7 is the nadir of an extraordinary HBO series and might be setting up a great ending.
Dec 2, 2019
The Shat Crew provide their immediate reactions to Watchmen Episode 7, "An Almost Religious Awe." Gene rolls his eyes at the flood of I-told-you-so tweets coming after the big blue reveal, and Roger spots Trieu tech in the Seventh Kavalry hideout. Also, Dr. Lyons explains mnemodialysis and begins to worry we might have an Avengers-type showdown on the horizon. Have a quick listen, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and listen in Tuesday for the Watchmen Deep Dive.
Dec 1, 2019