Joelle Monique
joellemonique
A contributor for Playboy and Hollywood Reporter Joelle writes about film, television, and comic books. A speaker, host, and avid podcaster her reviews have been featured on NPR, BBC1, and ET.
Dec 16
92

Imagine my disappointment when Keene’s speech mirrored almost word for word what my college-educated friends told me this weekend; that they were suspicious of a show like Watchmen because whose agenda is it serving really? idk maybe the agenda of people trying to be more open and empathetic?

Dec 16
33

Regina King was a revelation for me, in this. I know she’s been in some other good things, it’s just mostly not stuff I’ve watched. Going through her IMDb history, the most recent thing I probably would’ve seen her in season 6 of 24, but I watched that a really long time ago, and I doubt she was given much to do. Read more

Dec 15
31

The journey was great. I was just a little disappointed by the ending. I know this is a very comic book guy thing to say and HBO’s Watchmen is a new story in a new medium and all that, but Dr. Manhattan being killed that easily (or at all, really) feels like a cheat. If you’re going to have a bunch of characters Read more

Dec 15
46

Finally, it has been my absolute pleasure to take this journey with you guys. Your comments, theories, and general messages of joy made an already great show, a wonderful experience. Thank you so much, TV Club.” Read more

Dec 15
52

Just wanted to say thanks, Joelle, and that I am really happy the AV Club brought you on for these. You definitely improved upon the experience of watching the series.  Not to mention that it's nice to see some other brown faces around here. There's not as many of us as there used to be.  Read more

Dec 15
32

On the one hand, this episode tied together almost all the loose threads. (Except for LubeMan, but Peteypedia answers that.) (And except for who the guy was on Angela’s porch in episode 2 or 3 who wanted to see the kids.) Read more

Dec 15
55

Yup. He was terminated as an FBI agent and the contents of his desk given away - including “a jug of what appears to be some kind of canola oil”. 

Dec 15
157

As someone here said last week. If they don’t stick the landing it’s the journey. That landing I think came very close. To humanize a superhero/god in the moments of death Manhattan/Cal was genuinely great and it was surprisingly moving. The mechanics to get there were fine in a kind of techno-forward dance club Read more

Dec 15
196

I know she was a baddie as well, but seeing Trieu just completely outthink, outplan and outflank the utterly overmatched Cyclops was extremely satsifying.

Dec 10
3

I wonder if Angela was at all getting nervous as they got closer to the 10-year mark. Kind of want to check the first episode to see if there’s any hint of that but I don’t think there was.

Dec 9
4

So if Manhattan created Paradise, and Adrian is the snake, how will he corrupt the Garden?

Dec 9
5

Do you think Lady Trieu built the tachyon cannon? If so then I guess it was an ... elephant gun.

Dec 9
11

I imagine that is about how long it will take him to dig his way out of a cell with a horseshoe. 

Dec 9
24

1. He 100% sent Ozy up there purely at his request and also as a “thank you” of sorts for that amnesia device. He was more of a threat to himself than to Earth more than anything. Read more

Dec 9
11

Kind of wished for more of a lean-in with the notion of Cal as appropriation. Four age-appropriate family-less men destined for the incinerator- two white, one Asian, one black. Who does Angela choose and why? She’s a black woman living in Vietnam, grew up with Vietnamese orphans, rose through the Saigon police Read more

Dec 9
23

It’s a brilliant episode, and having Dr. Manhattan retain Cal’s face was absolutely right and very moving, from both within the story and as metatextual commentary on race in comics. Read more