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Looking back, it all seems so… well, childish, I guess. Just a schoolkid’s fantasy that got out of hand. That’s, y’know, with hindsight… on reflection.

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It’s this war, the feeling that it’s unavoidable. It makes me feel so powerless. So impotent.

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Juspeczyk: Humanity is about to become extinct. Doesn’t that bother you? All those dead people…

Osterman: All that pain and conflict done with? All that needless suffering over at last? No… No, that doesn’t bother me. All those generations of struggle, what purpose did they ever achieve? All that effort, and what did it lead to?

Osterman: Look at it—a volcano as large as Missouri, its summit fifteen miles high, piercing even the atmospheric blanket. Breathtaking.

Juspeczyk: Breathtaking? Jon, what about the war? You’ve got to prevent it! Everyone will die…

Osterman: And the universe will not even notice.

Thermodynamic miracles…Events with odds against so astronomical they’re effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold. I long to observe such things. And yet in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that precise daughter…

Juspeczyk: Dan, all those people, they’re dead. They can’t disagree or eat Indian food, or love each other… Oh, it’s sweet. Being alive is so damn sweet.

Dreiberg: Laurie? Wh-what do you want me to do?

Juspeczyk: I want you to love me. I want you to love me because we’re not dead […] I want to see you and taste you and smell you, just because I can.

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The Silk Spectre is Laurie Juspeczyk , a superhero in the Watchmen universe. Trained as an expert martial artist, she became a hero to follow in her mother's footsteps. This lead her to become a member of the Crimebusters , until the Keene Act banned all vigilantes. Laurie had a relationship with Doctor Manhattan during her time in the Crimebusters, and later became involved with the second Nite Owl as a civilian. Her mother is the original Silk Spectre, Sally Jupiter , and her father was the morally ambiguous Comedian . Jupiter was a burlesque dancer who designed a costume and became a member of the Minutemen . Silk Spectre was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons , first appearing in Watchmen #1 . ( 1986 )

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Hbo's watchmen redeemed silk spectre.

Watchmen's 3rd episode reintroduced and instantly redeemed Silk Spectre. Here's how Jean Smart's Laurie Blake totally improved the ex-superheroine.

HBO's Watchmen finally redeemed Silk Spectre and brought justice to the graphic novel's lone lead female character. Executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen is a sequel to and "remix" of the classic comics series written by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The Watchmen  graphic novel is a legendary deconstruction of the superhero genre up to the mid-1980s where Moore and Gibbons dissected the various tropes of costumed superheroes in more detail and uncompromising grit than ever before. But, in a reflection of the genre during that era, the male characters like Rorschach , Doctor Manhattan, and Ozymandias dominated the story's spotlight while Silk Spectre thanklessly fulfilled her lone function as The Girl of the story. But at long last, Lindelof's Watchmen lets Laurie Blake (the former Laurie Juspeczyk AKA Silk Spectre II) shine and she does not disappoint.

Watchmen  episode 3, "She Was Killed By Space Junk", is an early high point for the series that introduces Jean Smart as Laurie Blake, who is now a federal agent assigned to the FBI's Anti-Vigilante Task Force. This means Laurie, a former superhero, is now using her lifelong expertise to capture vigilantes who are violating the Keene Act of 1977 - just as she herself did from 1985 to 1995 during and after the events of the Watchmen graphic novel . Today, Laurie is cynical, hard-edged, and highly-intelligent, but she's also, deep down, very messed up. And yet, at the request of Senator Joe Keene (James Wolk), Agent Blake reluctantly accepts the assignment to investigate the murder of Chief Judd Crawford (Don Johnson) in Tulsa, Oklahoma . With Agent Dale Petey (Dustin Ingram) in tow (Petey is the author of the memos in the tie-in Peteypedia website), Laurie encounters the Tulsa Police, including Looking Glass (Tim Blake Nelson) and Sister Night (Regina King).

Related: Watchmen: Our 9 Biggest Unanswered Questions About Season 1, Episode 3

The introduction of Laurie Blake into Watchmen  is a jolt of electricity to the series and it seamlessly integrates the Watchmen graphic novel's lore into the show's reality. "She Was Killed By Space Junk" also accomplishes the trick of taking arguably the least popular of the Watchmen graphic novel's main superhero cast and instantly turning her into one of the TV series most riveting characters. Don't call Laurie 'Silk Spectre' anymore because she isn't; instead, Watchmen makes it clear that Laurie Blake is no joke.

The Problem With Silk Spectre In The Watchmen Graphic Novel

In the Watchmen graphic novel, Silk Spectre was hard to root for. From her revealing sheer costume and high heels, which were unrealistic for crime-fighting, to her arc of going from Doctor Manhattan 's girlfriend to Nite Owl's girlfriend during the course of the story, Laurie lacked the necessary agency and she reflected the era's withering view of female superheroes. Silk Spectre's most important function in the original Watchmen 's story was as a device to motivate the exiled Doctor Manhattan to return and 'save' the Earth from Adrian Veidt's plan to murder millions. The crux of Manhattan's change of heart was Laurie learning a truth hidden from her by her birth parents that, despite Edward Blake sexually assaulting her mother Sally Jupiter in the 1940s, they had an affair years later that resulted in Laurie's birth.

Laurie was always defined by the other characters in Watchmen : she didn't want to be a superhero but was forced to inherit the Silk Spectre mantle by her mother and her relationship with Doctor Manhattan was used by the U.S. Government to keep the blue super being and the lynchpin of America's strategic defense "happy" (i.e. sexually satisfied). Laurie was not the 'dangerous rebel' like Rorschach, she didn't have cool gadgets of Nite Owl, she didn't have the wealth and genius of Ozymandias , and, while she was a good fighter, she was the weakest of the heroes, the polar opposite of the almighty Doctor Manhattan. Laurie resented her mother, hated her life, and her only reward at the end of Watchmen was to live under an assumed name and continue being a superhero. For all of the genius of Watchmen,  Moore and Gibbons failed to create an empowering heroine in Silk Spectre.

Zack Snyder's Watchmen Made Silk Spectre Into A Sexy Action Figure

For his controversial R-rated Watchmen movie adaptation, Zack Snyder further fetishized Silk Spectre. The most memorable aspect of Malin Akerman's flesh-and-blood incarnation of Laurie Juspeczyk is the skintight black and yellow vinyl costume she wore that ramped up the character's sex appeal. (Laurie complained about her costume during her dinner with Dan Dreiberg and he sarcastically 'agreed' with her that it was "awful" .) Snyder's film delved into the kinky correlation between superheroes and their sex lives and  Watchmen 2009 went even further in depicting Laurie as a sex object by showing her sleeping with Doctor Manhattan and Nite Owl; Laurie also had some eye-popping nude scenes although, to be fair, Patrick Wilson's Nite Owl also appeared naked and Doctor Manhattan's full-frontal nudity is infamous.

Related: HBO's Watchmen Criticizes Zack Snyder's Movie - And It's Right

Snyder's Watchmen  attempted to show Silk Spectre finding strength in her sexuality and the movie did explore Laurie's emotional issues involving her mother, Sally (Carla Gugino), and her father, the Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Still, the lasting impression of the Watchmen movie's Silk Spectre is of Laurie in costume engaging in ultra-violent superheroics, with Snyder ensuring his kinetic visual style and well-timed slow-motion made every spin and hair toss by Malin Akerman as provocative as possible. To her credit, Akerman was game and amply delivered everything the film demanded of her. But ultimately, the Watchmen movie's evolution of Silk Spectre was taking The Girl in the graphic novel and turning her into a sexy action figure. And yet, as a character, Silk Spectre was still upstaged by her male co-stars and even by Gugino's Sally Jupiter.

HBO's Watchmen Finally Made Silk Spectre Into A Great Character

By contrast, HBO's Watchmen 's Laurie Blake is a revelation. Played with world-weary sass and savage wit by Jean Smart, Laurie has adopted Edward Blake's surname and became a government agent just like he did. It's evident that in the 34 years since she learned Blake was her father, Laurie has not only accepted the truth but embraced it, thereby rejecting her mother Sally's Silk Spectre legacy which she was never comfortable with anyway. Laurie is now ingenious, formidable, and more than a match for Sister Night; in fact, Agent Blake made sure to assert her authority over the masked Tulsa Police but she intriguingly found Detective Angela Abar to be no pushover. And yet, Laurie is also haunted by her superhero past and she still harbors her kinky desires - even though her ex-lover Doctor Manhattan has been gone for decades and Blake has accepted that he "no longer gives a sh*t... but it's nice to pretend" .

The secret of Watchmen 's reinvention of Laurie Blake is that Lindelof' has turned her into a new version of the Comedian, with all of the connotations that evolution entails. (Before she was arrested in 1995, Laurie changed her superhero identity to The Comedienne). Like Edward, Laurie keeps mementos of her superhero life displayed in her apartment and she yearns for her past romance (with Doctor Manhattan but also with Nite Owl , whom she wants to spring from federal custody) despite the grimy parts of days gone by. More importantly, Laurie has grown to share the Comedian's cynically grim worldview - "It's all a joke" - and Edward's knack for black humor and her wisecracks electrify her scenes in Watchmen .

Fittingly, Laurie is the last woman standing of her generation of superheroes - and she knows it. The joke she tells Doctor Manhattan in her Blue Booth phone call asserted that while her male cohorts were eventually "judged by God" and were each consigned to their separate versions of Hell, Laurie was the smart one who learned how to turn the tables on fate. In Laurie's view, she's the one who threw the brick that will eventually kill God and Agent Blake could indeed prove to be Watchmen 's most dangerous character, at last. Thanks to Laurie Blake's compelling redemption, it will be fascinating to see what role the former Silk Spectre plays in Watchmen 's unfolding story.

Next: Watchmen: Laurie Blake's Heaven Joke Explained

Watchmen airs Sundays @ 9pm on HBO.

Watchmen Episode 3 Review: Breaking Down Silk Spectre's Return, Easter Eggs and Peteypedia Docs

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“What happens when you mix masks with the administration of the law?” 

This question has been a central theme in HBO’s Watchmen from the jump, and — as discussed in the first episode of HBO’s Official Watchmen Podcast , released just after episode three of Watchmen — showrunner Damon Lindelof reveals that he asked himself just that when conceiving of the nine-episode series with his writers’ room. 

Episode three, titled “She Was Killed by Space Junk,” continues to explore this question in even greater depth and is rife with duality-heavy imagery, symbolism and characterization.

Laurie Blake, FBI 

The line between lawful justice and costumed vigilantism becomes grayer with the introduction of Laurie Blake (née the Comedienne née Silk Spectre II née Laurie Juspeczyk) in this episode, played by the incredible Jean Smart. 

“What’s the difference between a masked cop and a vigilante?” she asks protagonist Angela Abar upon first meeting her. When Angela says she doesn’t know, Laurie says, “Me neither.” As a costumed hero turned FBI Anti-Vigilante Task Force agent, Laurie represents both sides of the thematic coin. She had her fun moonlighting as a vigilante with former Watchman Nite Owl, but since then, her outlook on masks has significantly changed. 

As revealed on Peteypedia , a site that contains canon ancillary materials that help to fill in timeline gaps between the Watchmen comic and show, Juspeczyk adopted the moniker the Comedienne as an homage to her late father, the Comedian, and then sometime later started going by his real last name, Blake. These are somewhat confusing developments because when we last left Laurie, she hated the Comedian for having sexually assaulted her mother, but it seems her sense of morality in the present day may be more closely aligned with his. 

The character of Laurie is one of the few consistent criticisms of the comic series. She’s seen by many as one-dimensional and second fiddle to the men around her. Whether or not you agree with that assessment, it’s hard to argue that even in the span of just one hourlong episode, she’s now one of the most interesting characters in the Watchmenverse: a hero who modeled herself after her mother, then her terrible father; a vigilante turned vigilante hunter; a woman who cares for both a glowing blue godlike super-being and a nerdy everyman. 

Most of this episode’s runtime is spent dissecting these dualities in her character. She fakes an elaborate bank heist just to arrest a masked hero, to the protestations of nearby civilians, whereas Laurie circa 1986 would have been the one wearing the mask. And despite her anti-vigilante crusade, she hasn’t stopped trying to reach ex-lover Dr. Manhattan via galactic payphone, though he’s allegedly been living on Mars for the past 30 years. And when she receives a surprise visit from Senator Joe Keene, who implies that he can help free her other ex-lover Nite Owl from police custody if she helps solve the mystery of who killed Tulsa Police Chief Judd Crawford, she reluctantly agrees. 

Through the Looking Glass 

Laurie's Tulsa investigation quickly brings her face-to-face with the new characters we've gotten to know over the first two episodes, and it's a smart choice to wait to bring this legacy character into the fold until a third of the way through the season. The badassery of Sister Night, Looking Glass, Red Scare and Pirate Jenny has already been well established, so when Blake arrives on the scene and is not all that impressed with any of them, it drives home how experienced she’s become since the comic and how little shit from vigilantes she's willing to put up with. 

She takes turns pushing each character's buttons. When she meets Glass, she calls his interrogation pod a “racist detector,” knows his real name and even uses his mask as a mirror in which to clean her teeth. "You wear a mask on your face,” she says, “people are gonna use it.” Not used to being the one interrogated, Glass quickly becomes agitated, much to Laurie’s satisfaction. 

She reveals that she’s already figured out Sister Night's true identity as well, but that's not all. After offering Angela a cup of coffee, Laurie tells her about Judd's secret compartment. Angela feigns surprise, but Laurie sees right through her act and asks Angela what was inside. When it looks like Laurie might have gotten to her after this confrontation, Angela instead makes a mock "ooh, I'm so scared" gesture, pours out her coffee and leaves the empty cup with Laurie, harking back to the scene in episode two where Angela swabbed DNA from a mug she’d offered her grandfather.

The two women are perfect foils to each other, having had similar but reversed career trajectories while still both being able to command any room (or funeral) they’re in. When Angela’s car crashes back down from space, just inches from Laurie, at the end of the episode, it’s the perfect visual representation of this dichotomy between the two characters. It perfectly mirrors the last scene of episode two, when Angela’s car containing her grandfather was lifted into space by a super-magnet attached to what seemed to be a high-powered spacecraft. Angela’s declarative “What the fuck?” was an expression of fear and confusion; aside from the occasional squidstorm, she hasn’t been party to any threats outside the bounds of Tulsa. But Laurie can only get out “What the—” before breaking out in cathartic laughter at the sight of the space junk that almost kills her; after dating a god, cosmic debris is old-hat. Like her voicemail to Dr. Manhattan about the girl who throws a brick into the air that kills God, this moment — whether divine intervention, incredible luck or total coincidence — is, to Laurie, a mere punchline. 

Good joke. Everybody laugh. 

My Name Is Ozymandias, King of Kings 

Meanwhile, the seemingly random cutaways to Jeremy Irons in each episode continue to be an absolute delight to watch, and it’s clear Irons is having as much fun with them as we are. While we still have a plethora of questions about what's happening in these offbeat vignettes — Do the candles mean a year is passing between each scene? Why is he so obsessed with Dr. Manhattan's origin story? Did he genetically engineer the Mr. Phillipses and Ms. Crookshankses himself? — we do at least finally have confirmation that his character is indeed former Watchman and squid-dealing terrorist Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias, as people have speculated since before the series premiered. (This delayed confirmation makes the Watchmen New York Comic Con poster labeling Irons’ character as “ Probably Who You Think He Is ” even funnier, to be honest.)

After last week’s hackneyed, macabre and hilarious production of The Watchmaker’s Son , Veidt has shifted to a more scientific task. Using crude armor and buffalo skins, he creates a makeshift space suit for one of his “organic life people” (Lindelof is “not entirely comfortable with the designation of ‘clones.’”). After being shot into the sky, the poor Mr. Phillips quickly returns to the ground as a frozen corpse. Veidt takes out his frustration on the body, kicking and breaking it repeatedly. I mean, he’s got plenty of other Mr. Phillipses, so why not?  

To prepare for the next round of suit-making, Veidt rides out on his horse and shoots a buffalo near his manor, but he’s quickly shot at by someone called the “game warden” (we don’t get a look at his face in the episode, but the official Watchmen Instagram has since revealed a promotional picture of him ), who later writes Veidt a passive-aggressive letter saying that Veidt is dangerously close to breaking the rules of his captivity and that this will be his first and final warning. (This development adds fuel to the popular "Veidt is Dr. Manhattan’s prisoner" theory. Thoughts?) 

Veidt passive-aggressively replies, dictating his words to Ms. Crookshanks as she types, in yet another scene that mirrors one from the previous episode: the German leader borrowing an English-speaking German typist to whom he dictates his open letter to black soldiers in the U.S. (a real-life document). 

At the end of Veidt’s dictation, he clearly states his name in a dramatic “reveal” that is so unsurprising, Irons’ over-the-top delivery is made that much funnier because of it. We even get to see him re-don his iconic purple-and-gold costume, but unfortunately that’s it for Ozy-Man until next week. 

When asked in the Official Watchmen Podcast why he and his team decided to hide who Irons would be playing, Lindelof says, “The answer is that I couldn’t say out of one side of my mouth, ‘This is not a Watchmen sequel’ and then out of the other side say, ‘Jeremy Irons is playing Adrian Veidt, playing Ozymandias,’ so announcing that there were gonna be legacy characters appearing in this, we’d be sending mixed signals.

“I’m not entirely sure it was the right path to take to not say that he was Adrian Veidt,” he continues, “especially because that’s what everyone sort of assumes he is, and then he just in the third episode says his name, and it’s, like, duh... But that was the thinking behind it.”

In a very recent self-aware Instagram post , Lindelof admits, "Okay, maybe [Watchmen’s] SORT of a sequel.” So really I have no choice but to believe he's just a sadist who enjoys making the audience squirm. If Watchmen continues its streak of being the most interesting, well-written and well-directed show each week, though, I have a feeling we won’t mind the squirming, all the way up until that final: 

Roll on snare drum. Curtains. 

Squid Droppings: 

  • Although Nite Owl has yet to appear in the show, the owl imagery is strong in this episode. Laurie Blake keeps an owl named Who (who? Who) in her apartment; the design on a wrought-iron door she approaches looks like an owl mask over her face; we see her reflection in Sister Night’s Nite Owl–esque X-ray glasses, which may in fact be police technology adapted from Nite Owl’s designs; and when she opts to trade her big shiny blue Koonsian Dr. Manhattan sex toy for Agent Dale Petey instead, he falls asleep next to her wearing a sleep mask with holes around the eyes that looks very much like a a simple Nite Owl mask. 
  • Laurie and Dale stay at Black Freighter Inn & Suites, a nod to the comic-within-a-comic Tales of the Black Freighter from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen. 
  • Black Freighter is also the name of a fictional record company, as revealed in liner notes included with the Vol. 1 vinyl of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Watchmen score. The vinyl even looks like an album titled The Book of Rorschach by a band called Sons of Pale Horse , an homage to the oft-cited band Pale Horse in the comic. (The amount of worldbuilding here is just *chef’s kiss*.)
  • During Laurie’s staged bank heist, a man can be seen holding a newspaper with the headline GRISHAM TO RETIRE FROM THE SUPREME COURT, alluding to our universe’s best-selling author John Grisham, who was, in fact, a lawyer before becoming a novelist. (This is almost but not quite as good as Dr. Oz being the Watchmen universe’s Surgeon General .)
  • During the FBI briefing, we’re finally given a glimpse of The Rorschach Journal cover as well as an excerpt. The page we see contains some of Rorschach’s word-for-word Watchmen comic narration. 
  • During Laurie and Dale’s flight to Tulsa, we can see Lady Trieu’s mysterious Millennium Clock building from the plane window, an opulent and futuristic monolith sure to be revisited in future episodes. Trieu Industries now owns Adrian Veidt’s company and is responsible for creating the Dr. Manhattan phone booth Laurie uses throughout the episode (among other things, I’m sure — maybe even that giant Manhattadildo?). We have yet to meet the Lady herself, but based on the teaser for episode four, she’ll figure prominently into the story soon.
  • Director Stephen Williams might have given us the best shot of the series so far in how he framed Laurie sitting in front of her Andy Warhol Watchmen painting. Her head is haloed by the pop-art images of Nite Owl, Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan, but when the camera pans away, we see that her head had been eclipsing the fourth image on the painting: Laurie herself as her Watchmen alter ego Silk Spectre II. (The four heroes on the painting are also the four she references in her joke to Dr. M throughout the episode.) 
  • The vigilante Laurie apprehends during her undercover bank heist, Mr. Shadow, sure does look an awful lot like a certain cave-dwelling hero who keeps the company of bats, doesn't he?
  • The title of the episode, “She Was Killed by Space Junk,” is a lyric from the song “Space Junk” by Devo, a band comic-Laurie loved. Present-day Laurie even plays a Devo tune in this episode before being interrupted by Senator Keene's surprise arrival.
  • There’s a moment in the Official Watchmen Podcast when Lindelof stumbles over his words for a brief second in a way that might hugely support the theory that Dr. M can in fact change his appearance to look like us: “Manhattan is gonna have to appear in one way, shape or— He has to kinda roll in at some point.” Theorists, do your worse. 
  • The brick goes up; the brick comes down. The car goes up; the car goes down. The Mr. Phillips goes up; the Mr. Phillips comes down, gets his frozen body crushed under the boots of Ozymandias and likely gets incinerated. RIP (again), Mr. P. 

Peteypedia Points:  

  • HBO has consistently released new Peteypedia files after every episode, and this week is no different. Three new documents curated by the fictional Anti-Vigilante Task Force Special Agent Dale Petey have surfaced, but this week we get to read them after finally having MET Petey in the show. For fans who’ve been reading the supplementary material since episode one, I swear it’s almost as exciting as meeting a celebrity. And kudos to the real-life writer(s) making these documents; as soon as I saw and heard Petey on the screen, I immediately knew it was him before anyone addressed him by name. 
  • MEMO: AHS: Based on UNFactual Events : The contents of the documents released so far point to Petey being a tad bit obsessed with the history of the Watchmen and how the heroes have affected pop culture. This new memorandum is no different and serves as a sort of “sequel” to File 2’s MEMO: Masked Vigilantes in Pop Culture , in which Petey expresses his frustration over not receiving advance copies of the fictional-show-within-a-show American Hero Story: Minutemen. Now he has finally gotten and watched the episodes, and let me tell you, our boy has some thoughts.
  • There’s some interesting speculation that Hooded Justice may have had a romantic relationship with other hero Captain Metropolis, but my favorite part is this delicious bit of dramatic irony: “My condolences, Agent Blake,” Petey writes. “You deserve better, too. I wouldn’t advise watching; but as you do not read these memos nor know I exist, I have every reason to believe you will tune in with millions of others as every airship and bus in America is demanding that you do.” As we know, Laurie and Petey end up sleeping together in episode three, so...this won’t end badly at all, right?  
  • CLIPPING: White Flight to Mars : This clipping from radical right newspaper New Frontiersman — the publication where Rorschach delivered his journal — lambasts the current liberal political climate, including the appointment of John Grisham, and sides with a Senator Keene ticket. The “white flight” of the title refers to both the hilarious and terrifying suggestion of a white exodus to Mars, the planet on which Mr. Manhattan resides. Get it? Red, white and blue.
  • EVIDENCE: Four Letters : Easily the most interesting document yet, as far as its connection to the narrative of the show goes, is this June 1955 letter from John David Keene to Sheriff Crawford. In the comic, Senator Keene was responsible for passing the Keene Act, which forbid “costumed adventuring,” while the “Sheriff Crawford” here is no doubt our hanged Sheriff Judd Crawford’s pops. We know from the show that the Keenes and Crawfords are good friends, but this letter cements the fact that these families’ roots go deep.

In the letter, Keene explains the story behind the painting he’s gifted Crawford, “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship” (also the title of episode two of Watchmen). Painter George Catlin had sold many of his original paintings to support himself financially, then re-created many of them, in effect plagiarizing himself. Keene laments Catlin ever having to stoop so low and speaks of “never betraying your birthright.” 

“When the time comes for you to give up the mantle of our order to your replacement,” Keene writes to the elder Crawford, “we expect you to give him this painting, and with it, this story.” This very painting — depicting Native Americans at war — was still hanging in Judd’s house moments before his death. The revelation of the KKK outfit in Judd’s secret compartment coupled with this letter strongly points to a Crawford and Keene family history of white supremacy. And yet, partially because actor Don Johnson is just so charming but mostly because it would kill me to see Angela learn this horrid truth about her friend and mentor, I really, really don’t want to believe it’s true. Could Judd have only kept these racist totems around to remind himself of what not to become? Or did he truly embrace his father's seeming white supremacist legacy?

Only time will tell, I guess. 

Tick. 

Tock. 

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The third episode of Watchmen belongs to Laurie Blake.

In her first appearance on the show, Laurie (played by Jean Smart, whose swath of TV credits range from Fargo to Frasier ) somehow manages to upstage all matter of exciting events: main protagonist Angela (Regina King), saving 20 or so people from a suicide bomber at a funeral; the reveal that Jeremy Irons’s mystery character is Adrian Veidt ; and the gnawing mystery of whether Will (Louis Gossett Jr.) killed Police Chief Judd Crawford (Don Johnson). Laurie even manages to make us almost forget about the big question from the end of episode two: Who or what took Will into the sky?

Smart’s Laurie Blake, a sharp-shooting FBI agent, is called into Tulsa from DC to investigate the death of Judd Crawford and figure out if it was the work of a vigilante. She takes no prisoners, has no time for nonsense, and, in one fell swoop, puts the entire Tulsa police force on edge. While there’s true delight in watching Laurie chew men up and spit them out, there’s also a secondary layer of pleasure in watching a character that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created in Watchmen find a new life onscreen.

Laurie Blake is Silk Spectre II

When we first meet Laurie in the episode, she’s calmly staging a sting at a bank to catch a law-breaking vigilante. Then, after a visit from Sen. Joe Keene (James Wolk), she and the FBI are called into Tulsa to investigate whether or not a vigilante is responsible for killing Police Chief Judd Crawford. With how easily she dispatches vigilantes (it’s her day job, after all), Laurie’s confident arrival is like a storm rolling into Oklahoma.

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But we don’t know exactly who Laurie is or how this woman became such a force when we first meet her. Though we do get a hint about her past, pre-FBI life from Agent Petey, the fanboyish FBI agent who is quickly promoted from the kid manning the projector to the backup that accompanies Laurie to Tulsa. He tells her, point blank, on their way into the city about how much he knows of her involvement with the storied events of 1986 and what happened with Rorschach to make him such a symbol for white supremacy.

What Petey is obliquely referring to, in a meta way, is Laurie’s adventures in the Watchmen graphic novel. HBO’s take isn’t a straightforward sequel and is set 33 years after the comic book, but it’s clear that the comic’s events happened and have ramifications in this world — albeit with varying degrees of irreverence.

When we’re first introduced to Laurie in the comic books, she goes by Laurie Juspeczyk. She’s the daughter of Sally Jupiter, who was the female superhero known as Silk Spectre and once fought as part of the premier supergroup the Minutemen.

Eddie Blake, a.k.a. the superhero known as The Comedian, is one of Sally’s Minutemen comrades until he is mysteriously murdered at the beginning of the comic. This spurs a confrontation between the vigilante Rorschach, who’s trying to solve the murder, and Laurie and Doctor Manhattan. As Rorschach seeks out clues about Blake’s death, the story sheds light on Laurie’s relationship with her mother, Blake, and Rorschach himself:

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Through this, the reader discovers a bombshell secret: Eddie Blake once tried to rape Laurie’s mother. There’s a flash of Rorschach’s staunch Objectivism in his reaction, as he’s willing to overlook a heinous crime like rape as long as it’s done by a “good” man serving the country.

We also learn that Laurie has a strained relationship with her mother. After Laurie and Doctor Manhattan’s enraged visit from Rorschach, Doctor Manhattan attends Blake’s funeral while Laurie goes to see her mother. Laurie’s conflicts with her mother usually revolve around the way she expects her mother to act, and here, their banter is prickly, with Laurie scolding and Sally brushing off each of the barbs with some caustic wit. At one point, they talk about Blake’s transgressions:

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In this instance, Laurie gets mad at her mom for what she believes is forgiving Blake, something Laurie equates it with trying to forgive the Dachau concentration camp. Sally, we learn, blames herself for her feelings toward Blake even after the attempted sexual assault. (It bears mentioning here that Moore’s treatment of the attempted rape and his depiction of women in Watchmen, particularly Sally’s obsession with her looks and Laurie’s role as a girlfriend rather than a hero with agency, has been criticized as misogynistic .)

Later on in their visit, Laurie scolds her mother for holding on to a pornographic pulp novel about her alter ego, Silk Spectre:

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The nerve stem of this resentment comes from Sally pushing her daughter into her footsteps of being a celebrity superhero. Sally saw superheroism as a business and loved the fame that came with it. She wanted the same experience for her daughter.

“The Silk Spectre stood for every second-generation ‘legacy’ superhero, from Black Canary to Kid Flash,” comic book writer Grant Morrison wrote in his book Supergods , explaining how Moore twisted superhero archetypes in Watchmen.

Morrison then describes Sally as an “overbearing showbiz mom who drove her daughter to excel while hiding from her the secret of her dubious parentage.”

Applying Morrison’s read and Moore’s disdain for superheroes to Laurie, and her character could stand in as a cynical meta-criticism of comic book companies: Because legacy heroes are so popular and so beloved, there’s an incentive for comic book companies to churn out secondary heroes that cash in on a name — long after the writers and artists who originated the character stopped writing them.

Laurie’s relationship with her mother is part of another revelation in Watchmen

Perhaps the most fascinating part of Laurie’s story in Watchmen is that she finds out that she’s really Eddie Blake’s daughter, born from a consensual relationship between Blake and Sally:

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This revelation, that two people as different as Laurie’s mother and Eddie Blake can come together, find love, and give birth to a well-adjusted woman convinces Doctor Manhattan that it’s worth trying to save the world. Manhattan believes that here must be many people like Blake and Laurie’s mom Sally, and that the miracle of their love is worth saving.

Unfortunately, because of a fake alien attack that Veidt stages to stop the world’s superpowers from starting WWIII, we don’t get to see Laurie herself fully deal with her parentage. Millions of people are killed in the process, and instead of coming to terms with her identity, Laurie has to resolve the more pressing moral dilemma of whether or not to participate in the coverup of Veidt’s plan to never let the world know that the attack that brought humanity together was all a hoax:

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She, along with Nite Owl a.k.a. Dan Dreiberg and Doctor Manhattan, decides that revealing the plan would only cause more destruction and more loss of life. At the end of Watchmen , she is in a romantic relationship with Dan Dreiberg, and both have assumed fake identities. They pay a final visit to Sally, which gives Laurie some closure and a better understanding of what her mother went through. But instead of, say, moving to Connecticut and starting a family, Laurie and Dan decide to fight crime but under their own terms — terms that aren’t defined by the legacy of the people who came before them.

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Silk Spectre takes on a new role through Laurie Blake in HBO’s Watchmen

The first big change to Laurie in the HBO Watchmen series is that the character is now going by Laurie Blake. She’s taken on the name of her father, a man she thought of as human scum at the beginning of the graphic novel, but who later turned out to be her own dad.

She’s also followed in his footsteps, sort of. Like her dad, she’s now working with the FBI and has a role that seems to come with a lot of power — the closest someone can get to becoming a government-contracted superhero. As we see in the third episode, she takes down vigilantes while also delivering salty one-liners. And true to form, as seen in her last panel in Watchmen , she carries a gun now and, by the way, is an excellent shot.

There are a few callbacks to the graphic novel, including a pulpy, sexy homage to Laurie’s own superhero past (like mother, like daughter) and a gigantic blue sex toy. While the cerulean, colossal-sized dildo could very well be a jab at Zack Snyder’s desire to make Doctor Manhattan exorbitantly hung in his 2009 movie adaptation of the comic book (even though source material depicts Manhattan as having an average-sized endowment), we get the idea that Laurie Blake, after all these years, still has feelings for Doctor Manhattan.

In the book, the two have a rough-and-tumble relationship that’s exacerbated by Doctor Manhattan exiling himself to Mars because of the fear that he was making the people around him sick with cancer from the radiation he was emanating (this was all found out to be part of Veidt’s hoax). During that time, Laurie begins a relationship with Dan Dreiberg which lasts until the end of the series. We haven’t seen Dreiberg on the show yet, but he seems to be referenced as locked in jail during Laurie’s confrontation with Joe Keene.

“You know Laurie, a president can pardon anybody he wants,” Keene tells her. “He could even get your owl out of that cage.”

The gap between the end of the graphic novel, when Laurie left to fight crime with Dan, to now, where she’s working with the FBI, is unaccounted for. We don’t know what Dan did to land in jail apart from Keene’s jab at Laurie about the presidential pardon, nor how this affected Laurie to seek a possible penance from the FBI. (I have to be skeptical about her participation in the government — don’t think Laurie’s at the FBI just out of the goodness of her heart.) Agent Petey seems to know a little, but the viewer is left in the dark.

At the end of the episode, though, Laurie gives Watchmen viewers a delicious bit to chew on.

Throughout the episode, Laurie is sending a message to Doctor Manhattan via a Martian telephone call. She recounts a joke, or more of a parable, about God sending superheroes to hell. To Watchmen readers, it’s clear that this is based on a true story: The superheroes in question are stand-ins for Nite Owl, Doctor Manhattan, and the power-mad Adrian Veidt a.k.a. Ozymandias , with God sending each one to something akin to hell. God believes himself to be at the pearly gates all alone, Laurie says, until he realizes a woman is with them.

“I was standing behind those other guys the whole time, you just didn’t see me,” explains the woman. Laurie says that God never gave the woman any powers, any talents, and doesn’t even recognize her. He never even gave her enough attention to notice that she’s thrown a brick into the air.

“God looks up, but it’s too late. He never saw it coming,” she says.

Laurie Blake was not the most powerful, or the most visible, or the most impactful hero in Watchmen . Yet, in this adaptation, she reminds us that she’s the last one standing. We don’t know yet where she’s been or what exactly she’s up to. What we do know is that if you overlook her, you might end up just like God.

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Grew up… as Laurie Juspeczyk, the daughter of the superhero with a ton of sex appeal, Silk Spectre. Unbeknownst to her, his father is the jaded, depraved Comedian, a deranged vigilante superhere.

Living… in 1980s Manhattan with her detatched, blue, god-like boyfriend Dr. Manhattan. In the twilight of their relationship, Dr. Manhattan becomes more distant from all humankind. She later moves in with another retired superhero, Dan Dreiberg, otherwise known as the second Nite Owl.

Profession… superhero. Although she retired her alter ego after the Keene Act of 1977 prohibited all masked vigilantism, Laurie is called back into action when the world needs saving.

Interests… crime fighting , feminism, and her Polish heritage. When the Comedian is murdered, another hooded vigilante named Rorschach feels that there is a plot against all of the old capes, and Laurie is forced to get back into crime fighting.

Relationship Status… formerly dating Dr. Manhattan, and currently dating Dan. Will she and Dan team up to start fighting crime again, and get to the bottom of the Comedian's murder? 

Challenge… using her former relationship with Dr. Manhattan to convince him to help save all mankind from mutually assured destruction. As much as she dislikes going back to him, the world is on the brink of nuclear destruction.

Personality… proud, independent, and fearless. She is compassionate about others and is pretty liberal when it comes to her beliefs. Though she and her mother don’t always see eye-to-eye, Laurie chooses to continue her mother’s heritage proudly as the new Silk Spectre. 

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Mom, You Don’t Understand Me, I’m Nothing Like You

Of the eight main characters in Watchmen , Laurie Juspeczyk is the only one without her own chapter, you know, one of the mini-ones. She is the youngest superhero, too. Does that mean she deserves the short end of the stick, even though she’s the female lead? Not at all. Since Watchmen tells the story of two generations of American heroes, the old folks have the past, but the present and future belong to Laurie. Just don’t tell that to Dr. Manhattan, who doesn’t believe in separating time, no matter what.

Overall, Laurie makes an appearance in nine out of the book’s twelve chapters, and she holds her own every step of the way. Not that her biography is especially complicated. Ages 0-15, she trains to become the next Silk Spectre or else face her momma’s wrath. Have you ever felt the pressure to follow in your parents’ footsteps? That’s no fun for anyone. From 16-35, she lives with Dr. Manhattan in the Rockefeller Nuclear Research Facility in Washington D.C., where she fights crime as Silk Spectre until the passage of the Keene Act makes it illegal.

Or Am I Everything Like You?

Besides ending the book with blonde hair and a name change (she switches it up to Sandra Hollis, after “perishing” in Veidt’s NYC attack), Laurie goes through a serious amount of personal growth. She starts off as a petulant child—acting out, smoking in front of her mother, rolling off snarky one-liners like “Oh, right. Just like that” (II.2.3). Contrast that to the embrace Laurie and her mom share during Christmas at the end. By now, Laurie’s been through so much and gained so much experience. She’s traveled to Mars, learned the true identity of her father, fallen in love with Dan Dreiberg, and seen millions of people dead on the streets of New York.

Somehow, that must be the formula for infinite wisdom, beyond even Adrian Veidt’s level, and he’s the smartest man in the world. Laurie hugs her mother, and says, “People’s lives take them strange places. They do strange things, and well, sometimes they can’t talk about them. I know how that is. I love you, mom. You never did anything wrong by me” (XII.29.6). This is incredibly powerful, even more so because it’s two women just talking to each other, which doesn’t happen in comics (or movies) as often as you’d think.

Also, Alan Moore’s worldview isn’t known for its tenderness, so that makes this scene even more unique. Combine that with the fact that in so many other comics, the female lead would never get this opportunity to contribute something other than eye candy.

Laurie turns out to be Moore’s biggest opportunity to tout his feminist credentials, which is important. It’s what makes graphic novels more adult-oriented than comic books (and no, we’re not talking that kind of adult). Laurie’s no puppet though, not even for the writer who invented her. She’s headstrong, freethinking, and independent. In other words, that’s Laurie Juspeczyk for you. She can do it all, and she does it on her own terms.

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Silk Spectre (real name Laurel Jane Juspeczyk ) (born December 1, 1949), commonly known as Laurie Juspeczyk (Pronounced: use-PETCH-ick), is a fictional character from the acclaimed Watchem comic series. She was the second iteration of the Silk Spectre , a costumed vigilante and became a member of the Crimebusters before retiring due to Keene Act. She comes from the Watchmen Universe, a parallel universe to the main DC Universe.

She is her universe's counterpart to Black Canary and Phantom Lady. She was the daughter of Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre and Edward Blake, the Comedian (the Watchmen Universe's counterpart of Peacemaker). During the events of Watchmen , Laurie serves as the series's deuteragonist.

She was created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, and first appeared in Watchmen #1 in September of 1986.

In the 2009 film by Zack Snyder, she was portrayed by Malin Akerman and Haley Guiel young. In the 2019 tv series, elderly Laurie is being portrayed by Jean Smart. In the videogame, Watchmen: The End is Nigh , she was voiced by Andrea Baker, who also voiced Clover in Totally Spies! and Totally Spies! The Movie . In Watchmen: Motion Comic , she was voiced, like every other character, by Tom Stechschulte.

  • 1.1 Early Life
  • 1.2 The Crimebusters
  • 3 Appearance
  • 4 Abilities

Biography [ ]

Early life [ ].

Laurie Juspeczyk was born on December 1st, 1949 to the first Silk Spectre, Sally Jupiter, and Edward Blake, the Comedian. Laurie would never learn of this until she was older, as Sally was possibly upset that she had an affair with the Comedian. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, Laurence Schexnayder, but knew he wasn't her father, and believed that Hooded Justice was her biological father. As a child, Laurie would often hear her mother and Laurence argue, and once saw them unknowingly argue over Sallyt having another affair with the Comedian. In her youth, Laurie wanted to work with animals, but her mother pushed her daughter to be her successor in the business of crime fighting. As a result, Laurie reluctantly agreed and spent most of her youth in the gym working, but was alone.

The Crimebusters [ ]

After fighting the criminal the Chairman in San Francisco, Laurie returned home with her mother from Hollis Mason, who had become her honorary uncle. Returning to New York, Laurie was chosen to become the second "Silk Spectre" and was suited to join the Crimebusters, which was led by Captain Metropolis. After the meeting with the group, the Comedian spoke with Laurie before she was pulled away by her mother, who told her daughter about what the Comedian did to her in the past. Joining the team, Laurie began a romantic affair with Doctor Manhattan, which resulted in his leaving him, and her mother not approving of her relationship.

When the Keene Act was signed, Laurie decided to retire due to the government using her relationship with Doctor Manhattan as an advantage, and not entirely being happy as a vigilante. The Crimebusters dissolved and the team disconnected, but Laurie kept in contact with fellow teammate Dan Dreiberg. Laurie then moved to the Rockefeller Military Research Center after Doctor Manhattan was transferred there, and started to become isolated from being away from the public. Her relationship with Manhattan became strained, due to Jon becoming more disconnected from humanity and became more focused on his projects.

Watchmen [ ]

When Laurie and Doctor Manhattan learned that the Comedian was murdered, they were visited by Rorschach, who warned them that someone was killing vigilantes. He was teleported away once he started to make Laurie feel uncomfortable, and later scheduled a meeting with Dan at a restaurant. She went to the funeral alongside Jon, whom teleported her to her mother's home to speak with her, and the two had a tense conversation. When Doctor Manhattan exiled himself to Mars, Laurie was left without anything, and Dan invited her to stay at his home after Adrian Veidt was nearly killed.

The two began a romantic relationship, and seeing the threat of nuclear war, returned to their costumed and saved the inhabitants of a burning building. Learning that Rorschach was taken to Sing Sing after being set up for the murder of Moloch, Laurie and Dan decided to rescue him so they uncover who murdered the Comedian. Afterward, Laurie was teleported to Mars by Doctor Manhattan, where she attempted to have Jon find his humanity once again. During their conversation, Laurie realized that she was the daughter of the Comedian, which caused Doctor Manhattan to find his humanity, seeing that two different people like Sally Jupiter and Edward Blake could produce a good person. Having convinced that he should save Earth, Laurie and Doctor Manhattan returned to New York and saw an alien attacking the city.

Doctor Manhattan quickly realized that Veidt was behind this, and the two teleported to his base in Antarctica, where they found Nite Owl and Rorschach battling him. Laurie and the group failed to stop Veidt's plan, but saw that his plan had worked on stopping nuclear war and the nations agreeing to work peacefully together. The heroes agreed to keep quiet of Veidt's role except for Rorschach, whom was reluctantly killed by Doctor Manhattan when he attempted to return to New York to tell the truth. After the events, Laurie and Dan decided to remain together under the identities of Sandra and Sam Hollis, and Laurie reconciled with her mother.

Appearance [ ]

Laurie has long brown hair with bangs, brown eyes, fair skin, full lips, and a beauty mark above her lips. She is 5,8. Laurie is said to look a lot like her mother, although she has brown hair while her mother has auburn hair. She has long graceful legs and quite an athletic figure, due years of martial arts and gymnastics training.

Abilities [ ]

Laurie is an skilled martial artist. She has trained ever since she was a young child by her mother, Sally Jupiter and several other teachers. She is able to hold her own against several muggers and other foes without any injury or getting captured. Laurie is also a good gymnast after training all her life. From practicing gymnastics, Laurie becomes very agile. She is able to perform flips and kicks while wearing high heels. She is also able to use firearms, as she shot a bullet at Adrian, which would have hit his chest had he not moved his hand in the bullets path and had it lodged into his palm.

Gallery [ ]

Silk Spectre.

  • She believed that her father was Hooded Justice due to the hero and her mother "dating" back when they were part of the Minutemen.
  • 1 Rose (The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic)
  • 2 Ken Usato
  • 3 Sung Jin-Woo
  • Minutemen Members
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Sally Jupiter

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  • 1.1.1 Family Tragedy
  • 1.1.2 Escaping to New York
  • 1.1.3 Meeting Larry Schexnayder
  • 1.2 Becoming Silk Spectre
  • 1.3.1 Attempted Rape Incident
  • 1.4 Retirement
  • 1.5 Events of Watchmen
  • 1.7 Personality
  • 3 References

Biography [ ]

Early life [ ], family tragedy [ ].

Sally Juspeczyk was born on August 3rd, 1920 in Skokie , Illinois . Her father was an insurance salesman. When Sally was eleven years old, her older sister, Linda , died in a car accident. This incident devastated her and the family, and as a result, their relationship was permanently damaged. [1]

Escaping to New York [ ]

When she was sixteen years old, Sally ran away from home and heads to New York City , never returning to her parents, though she does maintain contact with her sister Bella . Sally found the experience liberating, but worried about ending up dead in an alley

Despite her young age, Sally managed to survive life alone in the city for three years by taking jobs as a waitress and a burlesque dancer. [1] Despite several prostitution opportunities, she avoided having to sell her body. [2]

Meeting Larry Schexnayder [ ]

While dancing at Stage Left , Sally met Larry Schexnayder , a former Hollywood press agent. Too naïve to perceive him as creepy for hanging out at clubs with younger women, she hired Schexnayder as her agent. He gave her money and a home, which she found attractive. [1]

Becoming Silk Spectre [ ]

In 1938, after reading about Hooded Justice , Sally decided to become the first female costumed adventurer , in the hopes that the publicity will launch her modeling career, and possibly pave the way to Hollywood films. She even changed her surname to "Jupiter" to hide her Polish heritage. Larry Schexnayder helped Sally launch her costumed adventuring career, recognizing that a female superhero could attract great media attention if properly handled, which would help foster her celebrity status.

In December 1938, Sally, now going by Silk Spectre, made her crimefighting debut. Unknown to the public, Schexnayder staged the criminal case using an actor to attract the attention of the press. The police were also in on the trick. [1] Schexnayder would continue to hire numerous actors and professional wrestlers to portray criminals so Sally could foil their "crimes" before conveniently placed cameras until she can learn how to take care of herself and fight crime for real. [3]

As Silk Spectre's reputation grew, she was seen as a sex symbol whom villains and criminals didn't really mind getting caught by. She had apprehended a criminal named Claude Boke after attempting to rob a liquor store. Upon his arrest, Boke mentioned that he preferred to be beaten by her than two old fat cops. The magazine Daily World had an article about her shortly before the founding of the Minutemen . [4] [2]

Minutemen [ ]

Captain Metropolis sent a letter to Larry with an invitation to join the Minutemen , a group of costumed heroes. Although at first, Sally thought it was a ridiculous idea, Larry thought it would be a good move P.R.-wise. [2]

More celebrity than a vigilante, Silk Spectre provided a cover for Hooded Justice's homosexuality by being his glamorous girlfriend and started going out with him after their Christmas party. [5]

Attempted Rape Incident [ ]

On October 2nd, 1940, after a meeting of the Minutemen, she was sexually assaulted by Edward Blake , alias the Comedian. He was stopped by fellow Minuteman Hooded Justice , who posed as her boyfriend, and gave him a vicious beating. [6] The event would have a profound impact on Sally's life; her agent, Larry, persuaded her not to press charges against the Comedian for fear of damaging the group's image. [7] In retrospect, she thought that she also contributed to this event. [2]

In an interview, she admitted that she didn't really like The Silhouette, a.k.a. Ursula Zandt , who was pestering her about her Polish heritage. [2] When Zandt's lesbianism was outed by the press, and Sally voted her out, feeling happy she left. In retrospect she thought it was unjust, as she wasn't the only homosexual in the group. [2]

Sometime around 1948 [8] Larry sent her a note expressing his concerns about the decline of the Minutemen, CM and HJ's relationship that comes out to the public, the drinking problems of Mothman, and Nite Owl becoming like "a big bouncy boy scout"; and his wish to quit the team and cooperate together - essentially, a marriage proposal. [2]

Ursula was soon murdered by the Liquidator and Sally held themselves responsible. Sally, having her own source, proceeded alone to his hideout. She killed him and disposed of his body in the bathtub. She waited for C.M. and H.J. and after scolding for their hypocrisy (both of them being homosexuals and still voting Silhouette out), she announced her wish to quit. [9]

After Ursula's funeral, Sally visited her grave and confessed her hatred for her, her guilt and what she did to the Liquidator, as she felt she owed it to Ursula. There she met with the Comedian who had returned from the war a bit changed. He narrated his experiences and explained that he had to forgive himself. [9]

Retirement [ ]

Having retired from crime-fighting Sally married (or rather "partnering up" with) her agent, Schexnayder, [7] while keeping in touch with Hollis Mason , Byron Lewis and Nelson Gardner . Most importantly she kept in touch with Blake, and shortly after the ceremony they were copulating in the restroom. [10]

In 1949 she gave birth to her daughter Laurel Jane, commonly known as Laurie. [7] It was known to both parents that Laurie was not Laurence's child, but the Comedian's, and this led to conflict in the family, and divorce in 1956. [11] While not explicitly stated, it is implied that Sally's second sexual encounter with the Comedian was consensual, and that, despite it all, she did have feelings for him.

As for Laurie, she came to accept that her mother's incomprehensible affair with her would-be rapist is something she could never understand, but it's something too complicated to condemn her mother about. Her deep devotion to her flawed mother is exemplified by Laurie's insistence on using their real surname of Juspeczyk and not the assumed Jupiter. [12]

In 1960, with the arrival of Doctor Manhattan considered the birth of the real super-hero, Sally and other former adventurers were asked their opinion. Sally expressed skepticism about his abilities and wished to see herself. [13]

By 1962 Sally was living in a Los Angeles villa with her daughter where Hollis would pay them a visit. Concerning the book he was writing , Nelson Gardner called Sally Jupiter at nights "crying his heart out". When Hollis came to discuss the book Sally scolded Hollis, and how she appeared vain and shallow in her youth. [10]

When Laurie was 13 years old, she invited her old friends, Nelson, Hollis and Byron home. She was angry at Hollis who asked Laurie if she had read the book and said that her daughter was too young for it and Hollis held an apologetic stance. They were joined by Byron who took a leave from the institute and seeing his condition, Laurie asked if this is her future as well. [2]

Events of Watchmen [ ]

After her retirement, was able to move to an upscale retirement community in California, Nepenthe Gardens , and maintain an upper-class lifestyle. [12] She read about the Comedian's death. She was visited by her daughter who did not wish to attend the funeral. [6]

When the news mentioned that two mysterious costumed adventurers rescued tenants from a building fire, Hollis Mason called her after many years. That moment a woman of Acme Manicure tended her nails. Her prosperity is shown in contrast to Hollis Mason's working-class circumstances in a phone conversation between them. [14]

During her entry to the Minutemen, Mason noted that her lifestyle (drinking, swearing and mode of dress) would embarrass polite and reserved Captain Metropolis. [7] Of all the original Minutemen members, Sally was undoubtedly the most financially savvy. She stated in the Probe interview that her venture as a costumed heroine was motivated almost entirely by money, and she saw the entire act as merely a stepping stone to a lucrative career as a film star, and starred in Silk Swingers of Suburbia . [2] Although her hoped-for Hollywood career never materialized, she accumulated enough money from modeling to purchase a luxurious house.

Laurie did not forgive her mother for wanting her become her "heir" of sorts. Sally convinced her to exercise so that she would mature and take her place, but Laurie was reluctant to take up this career and used to bitch about it. [2] Eventually, she saw the Keene Act as a redemption, but still considered her 10 years with the Crimebusters to be lost years.

Rorschach did not think much about her and called her a "whore dying in a California rest resort". The reason for this would be because of her sex-symbol status, and Rorschach was anti-sexual. Also, he didn't approve of her accusing the Comedian, whom he considered a patriot; he just called the rape a "moral lapse". He didn't think much about her daughter, Laurie. [12]

Personality [ ]

She was said to have been an action heroine version of a pin-up girl and, even in her old age, she seemed proud of her sex symbol status, apparently enjoying male attention as indicated by her career as a dancer. However, she seems to have some serious self-esteem issues related to this quirk, considering that she felt responsible for the Comedian assaulting her and she was pleased to learn that a Tijuana bible that was based on her, despite her daughter's disapproval of it for being highly demeaning.

  • Sally is noted to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. She has medium length auburn hair that is normally pinned up in front, blue eyes, fair skin, long legs, and the big bap.
  • Her measurements were 36-24-36. [2]

References [ ]

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Watchmen Sourcebook
  • ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Sally Jupiter's Scrapbook Portfolio
  • ↑ Watchmen: Taking Out the Trash
  • ↑ Under the Hood: Chapter IV
  • ↑ Under the Hood: Chapter III
  • ↑ 6.0 6.1 Chapter II: Absent Friends
  • ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Under the Hood: Chapter IV
  • ↑ The date conflicts with the fact that Sally had quit and married Larry the previous year
  • ↑ 9.0 9.1 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 04
  • ↑ 10.0 10.1 Before Watchmen: Minutemen 05
  • ↑ Under the Hood: Chapter V
  • ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 Chapter I: At Midnight, All the Agents...
  • ↑ Chapter IV
  • ↑ Chapter VIII
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Silk Spectre II , or Laurie Juspeczyk , is a hero from the graphic novel Watchmen . She is also referred to as Silk Specter in early issues of WatchmeX , initially as a typographical error, but this was later explained in-universe.

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The illegitimate daughter of Silk Spectre I and The Comedian , Laurie was pushed into costumed crime-fighting by her mother, who she succeeds as Silk Spectre. She fights using martial arts.

She was romantically involved with Dr. Manhattan from before the onset of the Keene Act to the events of Watchmen . She is teleported to Mars to convince Manhattan to help put a stop to the schemes of Ozymandias . She also becomes involved with Daniel Dreiberg (the second Nite Owl) during this period, ultimately taking on a new secret identity and joining with him as part of a new crime-fighting team.

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In Volume 1 of WatchmeX , Nite Owl journeys to the Temple of Nite , leaving the Silk Specter to work alone. She stumbles across the Watchmech program as it is being organized by the newly elected President Veidt . Her efforts to stop the project are halted by the advances of a resurrected Comedian, who persistently attempts to rape or murder her due to Veidt's brainwashing. Eventually, with Rorschach 's help, she restores his memories and puts an end to the conflict.

Silk Specter is also a prominent protagonist during The Clone Saga , despite being too unremarkable to have been cloned herself.

First Pregnancy Arc [ ]

During Volume 3, Laurie finds that she is pregnant. While Nite Owl II is assumed to be the father, other possibilities raised include Dr. Manhattan and even The Comedian. When Dan hires Rorschach to investigate the matter, they are shocked to discover that the child is not human. Suspecting that it is the result of bestiality, Rorschach attempts to kill the baby by poisoning Laurie, and seems to succeed, but the child soon regenerates itself. The Queen Squid reveals itself to be the father, and announces that when its spawn is born it will destroy the earth.

The Silk Specter sacrifices herself to save the planet, which leads to the Queen Squid's death.

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Early in Volume 4, Laurie reappears in the deserts of Afghanistan to rescue Rorschach from the brink of death. She reveals that when Dr. Manhattan had teleported her back from Mars in Watchmen , she was actually intercepted by the Queen Squid. The Queen Squid replaced Silk Spectre II with an exact duplicate, Silk Specter II, who was already pregnant with the alien's child. The original Laurie had been trapped in a pocket dimension the entire time, but was released back to Earth once the Squid was destroyed.

During the issue of her return the Silk Spectre and Rorschach become romantically involved. This is never referenced again - outside of a minor allusion during the second pregnancy arc - and is largely considered non-canon.

Another curiosity is that Laurie has memories of everything that happened to her duplicate during the end of Watchmen and most of WatchmeX . Dr. Manhattan briefly explains this in one issue as being caused by a "reality tremor".

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    Silk Spectre is the name of two fictional superheroines in the graphic novel limited series Watchmen, published by DC Comics.Created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the original Silk Spectre, Sally "Jupiter" Juspeczyk, was a member of the crimefighting team the Minutemen, while the second, Sally's daughter Laurel "Laurie" Jane Juspeczyk, became a member of the vigilante team Crimebusters, also ...

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