A new character by the name of Senator Keene (played by James Wolk) is introduced in this week’s episode of Watchmen. Fans of the graphic novel are surely familiar with that name, even though this Senator Keene appears to be the son of the a single from the book. The query is: does the apple fall far from the tree when it comes to the older Keene’s fight against the Watchmen?

Warning: Light book spoilers ahead.

In Alan Moore’s Watchmen graphic novel, Senator John David Keene is a Republican senator who aligns himself with the New York Police Officer’s Union when they commence protesting the operate of masked vigilantes in the mid-1970s. At the time, public opinion of vigilantes has currently began to sour, particularly against Rorschach due to his especially brutal method to taking down criminals.

Then in 1977, police from big East Coast cities go on strike to protest masked vigilantes. The strike leads to deadly riots, which the Watchmen attempt to include. But the masked adventurers are nevertheless blamed for the looting and the deaths that outcome from the riots. So Senator Keene passes a law recognized as the Keene Act, which tends to make vigilantism illegal, except for these who fight crime for the United States government.

The act bans masks, capes, experimental gadgets and weapons, and unlicensed autos, and it encourages citizens to notify the police if they encounter any vigilantes. A propaganda video supporting the act — also element of the marketing and advertising scheme for the 2009 Watchmen film — ends with the line: “Becoming vigilant is not a crime. Becoming a vigilante is. With each other we can forge a much better America.”

Immediately after the act passes, Physician Manhattan and the Comedian decide on to go into the service of the government as their personas, when Laurie Juspeczyk chooses to operate for the government as herself and retires her masked persona. Nite Owl retires his persona, when Ozymandias retired two years ahead of the act’s passing.

Only Rorschach refuses to comply with the act, continuing to brutally dispatch criminals in New York City and leaving them for the police to obtain.

In the Watchmen Television series, Senator Keene is Joe rather of John, and Chief Crawford’s wife, Jane, worked on his campaign. It hasn’t been confirmed that he’s John’s son, but that would make sense. The younger Keene shows up at the chief’s wake and promises Angela that all of his sources are at her disposal to obtain the “animals” who killed the chief. But is Keene to be trusted? Does he really feel the similar way about masked crime-fighters as his (most likely) father did? Does he know Angela is also Sister Evening?

It’ll be fascinating to see if he is operating for or against Angela and her cohorts, particularly right after the discovery Angela created in Chief Crawford’s secret closet compartment. It surely appears like Crawford was hiding a KKK robe and hood, but never be also fast to assume that is the entire story with this show.

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