Watchmen - Season 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

Little Fear of Lightning



Critic Consensus: Along with the Lovecraftian inspired Giant Squid attack, Looking Glass's heartbreaking story adds much-needed momentum in "Little Fear of Lightning."

Episode Info

The origin story of Looking Glass is at last revealed, as is the truth behind the greatest hoax in American history. Far away, The Smartest Man In The World plots a daring escape.


Regina King
as Det. Angela Abar/Sister Night
Jeremy Irons
as Adrian Veidt
Don Johnson
as Judd Crawford
Tim Blake Nelson
as Det. Looking Glass
Louis Gossett Jr.
as Will Reeves
Adelaide Clemens
as Pirate Jenny
Andrew Howard
as Red Scare
Tom Mison
as Mr. Phillips
Frances Fisher
as Jane Crawford
Sara Vickers
as Ms. Crookshanks
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Critic reviews for Little Fear of Lightning

"Little Fear of Lightning" grounds its arc in Wade's journey, which gives the audience a literal human tether, and further still, really, it's all based around one question: "What happened?"

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Tim Blake Nelson is a wonderful compliment to Regina King and I truly can't imagine this series without those two.

January 21, 2020 | Full Review…

This is another perfect example of Watchmen walking the line of grounded reality and superhero fantasy. I think it treads this boundary better than any other attempt at "dark and gritty" superheroes.

November 28, 2019 | Full Review…

What's so powerful about "Little Fear of Lightning" is the way that it presents a more complicated story about what it meant to live in the wake of Ozymandias' attack.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Somehow, Watchmen is able to pull off the whole reveal from Wade's perspective, making this something of a stand alone episode that tells the character's backstory and his personal connection to the attack, along with his lingering trauma.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The episode is a clever subversion of the superhero origin story. None of the Watchmen beyond Dr. Manhattan have real superpowers, but Looking Glass is defined by his weakness and vulnerability, which are not traditionally heroic qualities.

November 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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