It exists in a backwater of the multiverse. The third installment, in which the Watchers go undercover as rock musicians for reasons, is particularly silly — and arguably the most enjoyable of the five episodes submitted for review, not least because costume designers Colleen Kelsall and Dihantus Engelbrecht finally get to go full tilt in their Mad Max-meets-Star Wars-meets-sculptural-whimsy creations. The Watch is a fantasy police procedural television programme under development by BBC Studios for BBC America, which ordered an eight-part season in October 2018. It’s not the stylized Grim Reaper that unnerves, but the ease with which the deceased man, police chief Sam Vimes (Richard Dormer), accepts his bleak destiny. ‘The Watch’ Review: Making Fantasy Fun This adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels is a comic journey into dystopian ideas. “Is this death?” asks a character in the inky-black opening scene of BBC America’s fantasy police dramedy The Watch, addressing a hooded figure whose only visible attributes are his pointed claws, his gleaming sword and his glowing, blue-hued not-quite-eyes. At times, The Watch feels like Game of Thrones if it were directed by Monty Python. | Do Not Sell My Personal Information Compared to the show’s imaginative world-building (and apparently lavish budget), the plots are crushingly rote and uninvolving. Those who read Pratchett’s books know exactly what I am talking about. The Watch based on the novels by Terry Pratchett (TV Review) In a day and age where there is a glut of programming at our fingertips, there is something for everyone and I am sure there are people who will like The Watch. Rhianna Pratchett and Neil Gaiman React To the First Trailer for The Watch BBC America's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series has been met with mixed opinions. In the lead up to its premiere, The Watch has already faced heavy criticism for odd style choices and tonal differences … The series was announced as a collaboration between Pratchett and the BBC, which would be overseen by Prime Focus Productions: the same company that had produced several other live-action adaptations of Pratchett's novels for Sky One. The Watch manages to create a world that still feels very medieval but with anachronistic elements like the police officers having badges and acting like contemporary detectives. The series debuts on Sunday, January 3, 2021.] The Watch Episode 4 “Twilight Canyons” embraces The Watch’s theme of being “inspired by,” but not adapting, Pratchett’s Discworld novels through its blink-or-you’ll-miss-it references to several of the books less closely related to the adventures of Vimes and company. With Pratchett's works having been previously adapted for British television as animated series (Wyrd Sisters) and live-action blends (Hogfather), The Watch represents the first truly in-depth adaptation of his books. https://decider.com/2021/01/03/the-watch-bbc-america-review Because its dramatic beats are so familiar, The Watch is much more engaging when it leans into its lighter, funnier moments, especially when it’s winkingly mocking its own stylistic excesses. Advertise on this Site | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Site Map | Links | Shopping, © 1998 - present JoBlo Media Inc., All Rights Reserved | JoBlo® is a trademark of JoBlo Media Inc. None of the characters are bad and most of the cast are likable in their roles. That means this series is essentially a comedic blend of Law & Order crossed with Lord of the Rings. For those that do not know Pratchett’s books, think of a cross between Mos Eisley (Star Wars) and 1920’s New York alley slums. The series is inspired by the Ankh-Morpork City Watch from the Discworld series of fantasy novels by Terry Pratchett. Led by Game of Thrones' Richard Dormer as Sam Vimes, The Watch focuses on the titular crime-fighting agency in the city of Ankh-Morpork. The only problem: Murder, robbery and presumably all other crimes are actually legal in the city-state of Ankh-Morpork, protected as professions by guilds dedicated to paid assassinations, staged muggings and the like. SINGAPORE - The Watch is a series based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld fantasy novels, a setting inhabited by werewolves, trolls, zombies and dwarves. 8:15 AM PST 1/3/2021 With its nonstop spectacle and movement, the show offers too much to look at and too much happening for the viewer to ever get fully bored. Sitemap | It has the same energy as Doctor Who and other British genre television, but there is not enough going on to really invest a lot of time in. Watching this series, I often wondered who it was really for. There is definitely a great series to be made out of Terry Pratchett's novels but The Watch is not that series. Adapted — too loosely for some — from author Terry Pratchett’s 41-book Discworld series, The Watch’s eight-part debut season takes place “somewhere in a distant secondhand dimension.” His newest recruit is Constable Carrot (Adam Hugill), a cop from the rural outskirts of the city who is shocked by the lack of control Vimes has over the city. Review: Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels are one of the most beloved fantasy series of all time. Clip - "Tight Spot" (2000) George Clooney, SKY ROJO Official Trailer (HD) Enric Auquer, IGOR Clip - "I've Made Someone" (2008) John Cusack, POSSESSIONS Official Trailer (HD) Nadia Tereszkiewicz, THE LADY AND THE DALE Official Trailer (HD) HBO Docuseries, FATE: THE WINX SAGA Official Trailer (HD) Abigail Cowen. Despite fantastic production design and a solid cast, The Watch simply doesn't capture the wonder, whimsy, and world building of Terry Pratchett's beloved novels. [Ed. Think about what Douglas Adams did for science fiction with The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and that is what Pratchett did for fantasy. Inkoo Kang | EU Privacy Preferences. 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Season 1 The Watch Critics Consensus. These quests range from complex murders to weird cases like missing library books. The series focuses on the overall arc of Vimes and his officers fighting back against Carcer Dun while undertaking missions that connect to the main story. Terms of Use | The First Reviews for BBC’s The Watch Are Not Sold on the Series The adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Discworld books has been meet with negative reviews. Much like the work of Neil Gaiman, there are anachronistic elements to these tales and contemporary music blended with a silly sense of humor that often overshadows the tension of the story itself. Before The Watch released on BBC America, Terry Pratchett’s daughter, Rhianna, tried to have her Father’s name removed from this series. By … It looks like a show built on a budget and lacks the grandeur or scale that helped a bizarre series like Good Omens feel authentic. | California Privacy Rights EMAIL ME. Those willing to give it a chance are going to find that this series doesn't reach the potential that the concept has going for it. That’s enough complication for an episodic series like this one, but of course there’s a larger storyline in which the fate of the world hangs in the balance, with an unlikely personal connection to Vimes in the form of his childhood best friend Carcer (Sam Adewunmi). The Watch season 1, episode 4 recap - "Twilight Canyons" still feels like a huge departure from the source material, but more coherent themes and less distracting, baiting silliness help this version of Pratchett's Discworld to feel more worthwhile. The frequently passed-out Vimes fends off a petty criminal in one hilariously macabre scene in which she expresses disappointment that he’s still alive — she’s got a friend whose gig is putting on “dancing corpses for kids’ birthday parties.”. Adapted from the “City Watch” books of Pratchett’s “Discworld” series, “The Watch” is set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork where a motley crew (think “Guardians of the Galaxy” with badges) patrol the streets and do the bare minimum of actual police work. The groundwork for a television series based around Sir Terry Pratchett's Watch books began in 2011. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it. Martin Carr reviews The Watch…. Ook – | Review Score – 2/5 The What? “The Watch” premieres on BBC America Jan. 3. This The Watch review contains spoilers.. Privacy Policy | It . The easiest way to describe this show is to give you a name – Terry Pratchett. I chuckled at jokes here and there but The Watch ends up being too generic for its own good. All rights reserved. Comments 'The Watch': How the Producers Approached Bringing Terry Pratchett's Discworld to BBC America "'The Watch,' the TV show, is not a canon show. Tiny terror Corporal Angua (Marama Corlett) and gentle giantess Constable Cheery (the gender-fluid Jo Eaton-Kent) were happy enough to follow their chief’s lazy lead. Fans of Terry Pratchett are up in arms. “Obviously,” deadpans Death (voiced by an unseen Wendell Pierce). The Watch is a mostly newbie-friendly initiation into the Discworld universe, but other than its supernatural larks, it fails to convey the magic that’s kept audiences coming back for decades. Vimes is a drunken former criminal who was thrust into his detective role after a falling out with his criminal ally Carcer Dun (Sam Adewunmi). Terry Pratchett is one of those beloved authors who created a world ripe for adaptation. AdChoices Sure, the great Wendell Pierce as the voice of Death intrigued me enough to plow through these episodes but they feel dreadfully slow. TWITTER However, Discworld has never had its own TV series until now, with The Watch on BBC. Based on the characters from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, A group of misfit cops rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. Created by Simon Allen. “The Watch” may have its cynicism mastered, but smart sarcasm and humor seem to have fallen off the face of Pratchett’s earth. – | Review Score – 1/5 Twilight Canyons Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Episode 8 . In my limited exposure to the novels, I never imagined it to look like this adaptation. Comprised of 41 novels, they are a funny twist on the conventional sword and sorcery stories. It is also most definitely an acquired taste but one that works as an entry to the author's sprawling bibliography. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER is a registered trademark of The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. The series is set to premiere on 3 January 2021. The Watch premieres January 3rd on BBC America. Decades later, Vimes tenuously maintains the peace in the city while kowtowing to the leadership of Lord Vetinari (Anna Chancellor). THE REVENANT - WTF Really Happened to this Movie? After a teaser trailer which lasted no more a minute and twenty, The Watch has been condemned. The Watch series, dubbed as a Pratchett-style CSI, will revolve around a police force that’s helpless and is trying to save a corrupt world. The Watch: You Won’t See It Coming. The Watch isn't the adaptation some fans of Sir Terry Pratchett were hoping for, but the heartfelt fantasy comedy is still worth watching. I have heard many critical that this doesn't look, sound, or feel anything like Terry Pratchett's source material which is surely going to turn off many prospective viewers. The Watch takes a long time to get going and I found that I really only came away liking Lara Rossi as Lady Sybil Ramkin, a character whom I could have watched on her own adventures. Watching Live TV Vexes the On-Demand Generation Plot: An unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. But the arrival of an earnest rookie (Adam Hugill) among the Watchers (as the police are called), the sudden death of one of their own and fresh righteousness borrowed from the vigilante Lady Ramkin (Lara Rossi) force Vimes and his small squad out of their inertia. FACEBOOK His team includes werewolf Corporal Angua (Marama Corlett), the rocky Detritus (Ralph Ineson), transgender forensics expert Constable Cheery (Jo Eaton-Kent), and more. Urban fantasy is an acquired taste. Here be dwarves, goblins, werewolves, The Thing-like rock cops, talking swords (voiced by What We Do in the Shadows’ Matt Berry) and spells that compel mortal enemies to become dancing partners shimmying to Wham! Cast: Samuel Adewunmi, Marama Corlett, Richard Dormer, Jo Eaton-Kent, Adam Hugill, Lara Rossi, Wendell Pierce, Premieres Sunday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BBC America. Several novels from Pratchett’s long-running Discworld series have seen adaptation before. More from Variety. TV adaptations of popular works of literary fiction are tricky to pull off. The Watch Episodes 1 and 2. This The Watch review contains spoilers.. But, visually, this is still a world of dragons, orcs, magic, and monsters. note: This is an advance review of BBC America’s Terry Pratchett adaptation series The Watch. Pratchett’s main character of his City Watch sub-series, Commander of the Watch Sam Vines, Duke of Ankh-Morpork, who arose from the captain of the night watch, who used to give part of his monthly check to the widows and orphans of fallen watchmen, is again at center stage in this the 34th Discworld novel first published in 2006 and good enough to get a nomination f by It sounds utterly ridiculous but it mostly works thanks to a cast of misfits that populate this truly surreal world. Vimes is a standard-issue fictional cop: a hard-bitten drunk with more repressed trauma than Bruce Wayne. It is not often portrayed on screen with the most popular interpretation being the Will Smith movie Bright. 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With Richard Dormer, Samuel Adewunmi, Adam Hugill, Marama Corlett. But even with the end of the world on the table, a weightlessness pervades the proceedings, especially with episodes devoted to finding a book, which leads to a dragon, which means finding a sword, sometimes with the help of a glass chamber that aids telepathy. Adapted — too loosely for some — from author Terry Pratchett’s 41-book Discworld series, The Watch’s eight-part debut season takes place “somewhere in a distant secondhand dimension.” First-time visitors to Discworld (such as myself) might well find showrunner Simon Allen’s introduction to the show's dirt-streaked, quasi-dystopian, urban-desert setting (shot in South Africa) initially disorienting, even with Death giving Vimes — and us — a “this was your life” lecture. © 2021 The Hollywood Reporter, LLC. The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. 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