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Easter Eggs / Watchmen (2019)

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  • There are a lot of references/parallels to Superman.
    • In the first episode, Will’s parents sending him away from the massacre is similar to Superman’s parents doing the same to him when Krypton was exploding.
    • In the fourth episode, Lady Trieu gives a clone baby to a farmer couple whose name is Clark. The Clarks couldn’t have kids. Clark is, of course, Superman’s first name which is also his mother Martha’s maiden name. He was also raised on a farm by parents who couldn’t biologically have kids of their own. And then a spacecraft carrying a living person crashed into their field.
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    • Angela’s husband is named Cal which is a different spelling of his Kryptonian first name, Kal. Which, considering that he's somehow an amnesiac Doctor Manhattan, could be a deliberate allusion to Superman.
    • The homage is made more explicit in episode 6 when Will meets someone reading the first issue of Action Comics and the guy tells him about their similar backgrounds.
    • Will’s wife is a journalist like Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, is.
    • Tangentially related, Angela's last name is Abar, which Cal took when they married. This is in direct reference to the 1977 superhero Blaxploitation film Abar, the First Black Superman.
  • To the original comic:
    • Bass Reeves looks very similar to Hooded Justice. There's a very good reason for this.
    • When Angela is doing career day for her son’s class, the egg she cracks has a spot in the yolk that looks like the bloody smiley face.
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    • Angela’s code to get into her secret room is “1985” which is the year in which the comic takes place.
    • Robert Redford being president is from a joke from the comic, in reference to a certain other actor with an “RR” name who was president during the publication of the comic.
    • The Tulsa PD’s Pretentious Latin Motto translates to “Who watches the Watchmen?”
    • Pirate Jenny’s name presumably comes from the In-Universe comic which itself is a reference to the song “The Threepenny Opera”.
    • The newspaper The New Frontiersman, which can be seen several times, is the right-wing news organization from the comic.
    • The clock in the Abars’ house looks like Dr. Manhattan’s symbol.
    • In episode 4, Katy Clark can be seen reading a book called Fogdancing written by Max Shea who wrote the pirate comics in the comic.
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    • Topher has a stuffed animal of Veidt’s lynx in his room.
  • After surviving the destruction of Black Wall Street, Will assumes the last name of Reeves — after Bass Reeves, his childhood hero.
  • Episode titles:
    • Episode 1: "It's Summer and We're Running Out of Ice" is a line from the song "Poor Jud Is Daid" from Oklahoma!; a production of the play is seen early into the episode.
    • Episode 2: "Martial Feats Of Comanche Horsemanship" is a tweaked title of a painting from 1834. It's called Comanche Feats of Horsemanship. Said painting can be found in the Crawfords' house.
    • Episode 3: "She Was Killed by Space Junk" is a line from a Devo song. Laurie was a fan in the comic and asks her home assistant device to play them when she gets home.
    • Episode 4: "If You Don't Like My Story, Write Your Own" comes from Things Fall Apart. Cal is reading the book when Angela gets home from work.
    • Episode 5: "Little Fear of Lightning" is a reference to a line from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. When Renee walks into Wade's squid attack support group he asks her "Friend of Nemo's?" referencing Captain Nemo's fight with a giant squid in the story.
    • Episode 6: "This Extraordinary Being" is a quote from Watchmen itself, pulled from the text of Hollis Mason's autobiography Under the Hood. Fittingly, it refers to the debut of Hooded Justice.
    • Episode 7: "An Almost Religious Awe" is from the comic where Manhattan is describing how the citizens of Vietnam came to see him as a god.
    • Episode 8: Isn't named after anything and is Just for Pun.
    • Episode 9: "See How They Fly" is from "I am the Walrus" by The Beatles.
  • A quick shot in episode three reveals that lawyer/novelist John Grisham is about to retire from the Supreme Court. The Peteypedia all but explicitly states his replacement will be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with The New Frontiersman’s insults against the new nominee and description of her being identical to the same ones given in the real world by real world publications with their same politics.
  • Mr. Shadows is a pretty obvious riff on the Nolanverse Batman.
  • Lady Trieu‘s name comes from a 3rd Century Vietnamese queen who fought back against a Chinese invasion.
  • The logo of Trieu’s company is very similar to Tesla’s logo.
  • As Angela, her children and Will walk away from The Dreamland Theater at the end of episode 8 the letters on the marquee have all burned out except "DR M" as a reference to Manhattan.
  • The Peteypedia has an offhand mention from 2019 of Howard Hughes as a “life extension” expert while referring to him in the present tense. It seems that, having presumably never made The Conqueror, he never went insane. Howard Hughes in a Schizo Tech future threatened both by science and nuclear war trying to make himself immoral? One must wonder if he lives in a casino.


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