“This extraordinary being had crashed in through the window of the supermarket while the robbery was in progress and attacked the man responsible with such intensity and savagery that those not disabled immediately were only too willing to drop their guns and surrender.”
Sound familiar? Comic book readers will remember this quote at the end of the first chapter of Watchmen, as it comes from the printed excerpts of Hollis Mason’s autobiography, Under the Hood, detailing his adventures as a member of the Minutemen in the late 1930s and early 1940s that show up frequently in the comic. This directly serves as the source material for the first installment of the television show’s “show-within-the-show,” American Hero Story. That concept fits within the spirit of the comic as well, as readers will know that the Watchmen comic book contains excerpts of a pirate comic book called Tales of the Black Freighter. That story was used frequently as a device to comment on the larger thematic and plot elements happening in the main story. American Hero Story (which in itself is a playful Ryan Murphy send-up) looks to do the same for the TV version of Watchmen, using Hooded Justice, one of the original heroes in this universe, to comment on Angela. Additionally, the slow-mo and sped-up effect that occurs while Hooded Justice unleashes his fury might be a nod, for good or for ill, to the Watchmen film adaptation, particularly director Zack Snyder’s proclivity to use this technique in his action sequences.
Oh, by the way, Hooded Justice’s original name—per the initial character notes of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons—was Brother Night. That’s a deep cut that Lindelof and his crew have pulled in as a reference for Angela’s secret identity of Sister Night.