6.3
301 votes
The Watch

The Watch

BBC America 2021

A group of misfit cops rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe. Inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett’s famous “Discworld” novels.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Watch

The Watch - S1E8

#1 - Better to Light a Candle

7.71

Season 1 - Episode 8

Carcer's got everything he needs to control the Noble Dragon and destroy Ankh-Morpork.

The episode was rated from 278 votes.

The Watch - S1E7

#2 - Nowhere in the Multiverse

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 7

Sam Vimes wakes up in an alternate universe where he's a prisoner in the middle of a jailbreak.

The episode was rated from 265 votes.

The Watch - S1E4

#3 - Twilight Canyons

7.46

Season 1 - Episode 4

Carcer is willing to do anything to find a sword and the Watch is close on his tail.

The episode was rated from 319 votes.

The Watch - S1E5

#4 - Not on My Watch

7.46

Season 1 - Episode 5

The Watch must trek through the Unreal Estate to destroy the sword in a magical lake.

The episode was rated from 290 votes.

The Watch - S1E3

#5 - The What?

7.46

Season 1 - Episode 3

The Watch must rob the city's most secretive institution in a desperate effort to find the artifact.

The episode was rated from 331 votes.

The Watch - S1E6

#6 - The Dark in the Dark

7.36

Season 1 - Episode 6

In the race against Carcer for the second mystical artifact, Cheery, Angua and Carrot venture into the Mines of Tak. Cheery must confront the darkness in her past. Vimes and Sybil defend the besieged Watch House from Doctor Cruces and her Assassins.

The episode was rated from 276 votes.

The Watch - S1E2

#7 - Ook

7.26

Season 1 - Episode 2

The Watch connects Carcer's evil plan to strange goings-on at a magical institution.

The episode was rated from 399 votes.

The Watch - S1E1

#8 - A Near Vimes Experience

7.14

Season 1 - Episode 1

Capt. Sam Vimes' life in the City Watch is changed forever when a figure from his past returns to Ankh-Morpork.

The episode was rated from 482 votes.

Last updated: jun 12, 2022

Comments

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this is garbage, not disc world

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As someone who has read the books multiple times and I will always give movie/TV shows a lot of leeway I couldn't continue watching this after the 2nd episode. I typically give a show 3 episodes to engage me, but [spoiler]after killing a ROCK troll with a CROSSBOW bolt[/spoiler] it was just too much. [spoiler]You cannot have The Watch without Detritus[/spoiler]. Detritus was the only character they got (sorta) right in the episodes I watched, everything was too jarringly different and made it difficult for a fan to enjoy.

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There is a dangerous trend in some recent "adaptations" that seem to take the original more as a marketing ploy than a real source of inspiration. "Ratched" (Netflix, 2020) was a typical Ryan Murphy "American Horror Story" (FX, 2011) with hardly any connection to the character on which it was supposedly based; "Clarice" (CBS, 2021) is a typical CBS procedural show that little or nothing maintains the creepy atmosphere and psychological depth of "The Silence of the Lambs" (Jonathan Demme, 1991). And "The watch" (BBC America, 2021) supposes the construction of a Discworld with characters that little resemble those of the novels in which they are inspired. The reference works as an element of attraction, but the development follows different paths, which is ok, but in many cases insulting the original source. In "The watch" there are characters that work well if you do not know the one on which they are based. For example, Richard Dormer is a good Jack Sparrow, but he has little to do with Sam Vimes. And the show in general works the same way. There are interesting and funny moments, as long as you don't take Terry Pratchett's novels as a reference. And it almost looks more like "The magicians" (SyFy, 2015-2020) cyberpunk than the original.

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Didnt read the book, so had no expectation, its actually not bad, i like it, very different

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I've watched this all the way through. I've watched all the other Discworld mini series / shows that have been released to date and The Watch is the most disappointing. Just because they name a show to cash in on the popularity of a classic, funny, series of books by a true creative artist, Sir Terry Pratchett, doesn't mean it will instantly gain the same level of praise when the show really just gets hijacked by identity politics, bad acting, bad scripts by activists and not talented screenplay writers. Comedy is all about timing timing timing and this has all the timing of an abacus. If this continues to be the way of television entertainment, there's no point continuing with this lifetime hobby and passion. May as well paint or program apps instead.

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Not a bad show but also not great. It was fun and engaging, but it took me a few episodes to really get into it. They tried to inject some unique humor into the dialogue but it mostly fell flat (for me at least). How I rate: 1-3 :heart: = seriously! don't waste your time 4-6 :heart: = you may or may not enjoy this 7-8 :heart: = I expect you will like this too 9-10 :heart: = movies and TV shows I really love!

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Decent adaptation. As fan of the books, some scripting choices threw me a bit, but eventually settled in OK, and come to enjoy the series as it is. I really appreciate decisions made around gender identity: rarely even gets a raised eyebrow & then simply moves on, and then in no way lessens the experience.

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Was an enjoyable spin-off rather than book to TV, & I liked it.

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Really enjoying this show, the quirky characters are brilliant. Very interesting story line. :thumbsup_tone1::thumbsup_tone1:

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Look how they massacred my boi :'(

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This show was a fever dream, honestly. It was like... a D&D group taking on a corrupt institution, but one of them is a rock.

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This series is a perfect example of the principle that no matter how much talent you have behind the camera, if there's none in front of it or in the writers' room, you can't produce a worthwhile piece. The production value is high, the cinematography is solid, the editing is tight, but the acting performances are tragic and the writing is dogshit. The only reason I've even continued watching past the first five minutes is that I was an extra on the show, and I'm looking for my scenes. But I'm hating every second of it.

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This is horrible trash. And it's obvious that not every TV Show from the BBC has the potential to become a cult show.

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