CS Scene of the Week: Watchmen's Sister Knight vs. Agent Laurie Blake
Welcome to ComingSoon.net's newest column, the CS Scene of the Week, where we delve into the best scenes and performances television has to offer. Our first installment, covering the week of October 28 to November 3, begins with a scene between Sister Knight (Regina King) and FBI Agent Laurie Blake (Jean Smart) from the third episode of HBO's Watchmen series.
Read below to see why Watchmen claimed our first scene of the week and find out who also won our second place! Important spoiler warnings ahead.
MVP of the week
FBI Agent Laurie Blake is featured in the third episode of Damon Lindelof's Watchmen series and completely interrupts the narrative as best as a member of the Anti-Watch Task Force. Throughout the episode, Blake subtly reveals to the audience that she is more likely to be Silk Specter (the daughter of Edward Blake, aka The Comedian, and formerly Laurie Jupeczyk in the original comics), having previously been romantically involved with the Doctor. Manhattan. by revealing his connection with Adrien Veidt (Jeremy Irons) and his firsthand knowledge of Watchmen's tales of antiquity.
The agent's aversion to masked police officers immediately creates tension with the king's Angela Abar, also known as the Silver Knight, when the two meet for the first time:
Blake: "Do you know how to tell the difference between a masked cop and a vigilante?"
Blake: "Me neither."
Blake is a clueless character who quickly establishes himself as the leading authoritative person wherever he goes. This is, however, until the end of the episode, when she and Angela have a tense, individual conversation that proves to Blake that Angela is as formidable as she is. After the Judd Crawford (Don Johnson) funeral bombing, Blake reveals to Angela that she knows Crawford was hiding something in the secret compartment of his closet and that she thinks someone close to him might be covering for him, implicating him and his accomplices. They are not really good people, because she eats "good guys for breakfast".
Where Blake is able to shake people, causing them to bend around her, Angela is steel in front of her during Blake's speech. The FBI agent has proven to be masterful in words, intelligence, confidence and speaking experience, while following the smallest topics of truth and exquisitely separating people to get what they want. His words apparently have no power over Angela at this time, however, who silently listens to Blake's long speech before answering with a brief sarcastic "Ooh!", Mocking Blake as he pretends to be afraid of his words before taking the coffee that Blake brought. her through a hole and walking away. Angela's dismissal of Blake's words disturbs the agent a little for the first time during the episode, revealing some of her own cracks under a hardened exterior. The scene was expertly played by King and Smart, making it clear how much fun fans will have with the duo in future episodes.
Runner-up of the week
Tom Clancy's second season of Jack Ryan was finally released on Amazon Prime, surpassing season one, with each episode throwing a powerful punch. Jack Ryan's John Krasinski has proven his reach as a comic, action and horror actor more than once, but his true talent comes from his understanding of drama and humanity. His ability to infuse emotion into any scene often sets him apart and forces viewers to invest and cling to his characters.
A great example comes from Jack Ryan's second season episode 2.07. After an attack on a prison camp, Jack frantically searches for his friend and CIA colleague Jim Greer (Wendell Pierce), who is missing after being captured by enemy forces. Jack invades a pile of corpses belonging to prisoners who were killed at the order of President Reyes, desperately trying to find Jim. During the search, Krasinski's performance carries an emotional weight when Jack grunts, groans, takes a deep breath, falls to the ground in a panic attack and whose eyes widen when he can't find his friend (instead of locating the late Matice, who worked as an operator of the CIA Special Activities Division) making the moment unforgettable. Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a solid series in itself, but Krasinski, who plays the lead role, has elevated him to one of the best shows streaming has to offer.
What did you think of our picks for our first scene of the week on CS? Are there other television scenes from last week that you deserve to be shouted at? Sound off in the comments below!