Critic Consensus: Along with the Lovecraftian inspired Giant Squid attack, Looking Glass's heartbreaking story adds much-needed momentum in "Little Fear of Lightning."
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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?"
Tim Blake Nelson is a wonderful compliment to Regina King and I truly can't imagine this series without those two.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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