‘Watchmen’ Brings Another Comic Book Legend Into Focus

“You know how you can tell the difference between a masked cop and a vigilante? Me neither.”

It’s one of the many jokes told across “She Was Killed by Space Junk,” the third hour of HBO’s Watchmen, with one comedian front and center: Jean Smart as Laurie Blake, better known to comic book fans as Laurie Jupiter, and even better known by her crime-fighting alias “Silk Spectre.” One of the original vigilantes at the heart of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal comic book series, Smart brings Laurie off the page and into the live-action realm for Damon Lindelof’s deep dive into the Watchmen world, set thirty years after the source material — and while it’s tempting to blame the sunflower seeds, it’s the events of those three decades that have left Laurie with such a bitter taste in her mouth.

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