The Comedian: It’s like you always say: we’re society’s only protection.
Nite Owl II: From what?
The Comedian: You kidding me? From themselves.
Nite Owl II: We were supposed to make the world a better place! What the hell happened to us? What happened to the American dream?
The Comedian: “What happened to the American Dream”? It came true! You’re looking at it!
As I’ve been watching every streaming feed I can find from journalists on the ground in Ferguson the past couple days, I can’t help but think of this scene and how eerily accurate it is. Just this past night I saw it play out almost exactly as unrest came about, the police came to disperse everybody, the people shouted “Fuck you!” and threw things, and then it got ugly.
To my knowledge nobody’s been shot outright like in this scene, at least since Michael Brown was killed, but we’re still using the same barbaric methods of “crowd control” we’ve had since the 60s.
The only difference between this scene and what’s happening on American soil right now is that the people taking the place of the Comedian aren’t wearing masks. They’re wearing badges.
Everybody always knew Watchmen was prescient, but goddamnit, this is getting too real. The worst part about it is that not enough people realize it, and if they do realize it, they don’t know what to do about it. In the meantime, as all of this continues, and hopefully it’ll soon be brought to an end in a peaceful manner, keep in mind the phrase, “Who Watches The Watchmen,” now, more than ever.