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'Watchmen' brings its master plan into focus, layering the old onto the new

The following contains spoilers about "Watchmen's" seventh episode, "An Almost Religious Awe." (CNN)Even after the opening flurry of episodes, "Watchmen's" master plan remained difficult to foresee. Yet over the last few hours, the HBO series has dizzyingly blended its new elements with the source material, with producer Damon Lindelof and his team having played the long game in spectacular fashion, proving that time really was on their side.At first, the connections to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' landmark graphic novel and director Zack Snyder's flawed but ambitious 2009 movie seemed tenuous. Same universe, but merely distant echoes of what transpired there.In recent weeks, however, the original characters -- decades older, since that sto ...