In HBO’s new series Watchmen, Regina King plays Angela Abar aka Sister Night in an alternate reality where Robert Redford has been President for 30 years and police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma wear masks to protect their identities. The world of Watchmen was created in 1986 as a comic book series written by Alan Moore, but he’s distanced himself from the show made by Lost creator Damon Lindeloff. The puzzling spin-off/sequel mixes issues of race and politics with sci-fi and mystery— with wonderful performances by an accomplished cast of actors, anchored by the Emmy and Academy Award winning King. Here’s five reasons you should get caught up.

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