HBO’s Watchmen revealed the fate of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre in their Peteypedia.
The Peteypedia revealed a privileged and confidential memorandum from Agent Dale Petey to the Anti-Vigilante Task Force dated September 1, 2019 with the subject Veidt & Rorschach.
In the memorandum, Agent Dale Petey reveals the fate of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre following the conclusion of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen comic book series.
At the end of Watchmen, Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk take on the aliases of Sam and Sandra Hollis. However, they haven’t put their superhero days behind them.
Laurie notes she plans on adopting a new superhero name with “a better costume, that protects me: maybe something leather, with a mask over my face..also, maybe I oughtta carry a gun.”
The Petey memo reveals that Laurie took on the super hero name of “The Comedienne (after her father, Edward Blake).”
It goes on to reveal that federal authorities took Nite Owl into custody.
“Dreiberg, now in federal custody, has steadfastly refused to speak to the Bureau about “Rorschach’s Journal,” or anything, for that matter.”
In fact it notes that both Dreiberg and Laurie Blake were arrested in 1995 for violating the Keene Act.
The Keene Act was passed in 1977 that outlawed “costumed adventuring” in the Watchmen timeline.
However, in Episode 3 of HBO’s Watchmen series, Laurie Blake is an FBI special agent who tracks down and captures costumed adventures. The beginning of the episode reveals she captured Mr. Shadow and she had previously captured the Revenger.
After capturing Mr. Shadow, she is assigned to Tulsa to investigate the murder of the chief of police, Judd Crawford. Crawford was found hanged on a tree at the end of the first episode.
Not only is she assigned to investigate the murder, but Senator Joseph Keene Jr., played by James Wolk, insinuates that Dreiberg is still being held by Federal officials. He notes that if she is able to solve the murder and protect his reputation, which relies on the Defense of Police Act, he might be able to obtain the Presidency and pardon Dreiberg.
It’s unclear how Laurie Blake became a FBI special agent or how she was able to avoid being locked up like Dreiberg.
If I was going to guess, it probably has something to do with Edward Blake being her Dad or she might have cut a deal with the government.
Petey’s report notes Edward Blake was exempt from the Keene Act because he was “in the employ of the U.S. military.”
What do you make of HBO’s interpretation of Nite Owl and Silk Spectre’s fate?