Sunday's “This Extraordinary Being" episode, penned by Damon Lindelof and The Good Place co-producer Cord Jefferson, "is one of those episodes created to launch a thousand think pieces — this being one of them — along with a few college papers and maybe even a couple of grad school dissertations," says Melanie McFarland. "You might have read these words as dismissive snickering or sarcasm. The intended sentiment is in fact the opposite. There aren’t many episodes of television that nail their multiple roles as exposition, cultural critique, and social commentary on the roles race, class and power play in systemic justice in one single resolute sweep. 'This Extraordinary Being' does all of this by asserting a mindblower reveal that balances the potential of angering fanboys with challenging long-held assumptions about who is given permission to not merely to play the hero, but be viewed as a hero. It is that last point, I think, that makes this Watchmen tick of the clock a purposefully different experience for viewers of color and black viewers in particular. Above all, it eloquently acknowledges and even (to a point) exonerates the power of black rage in a way I’ve never seen before on television."