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The nature of Adrian Veidt’s (Jeremy Irons) creepy servants is one of the biggest questions in Watchmen, but it’s possible that Mr. Phillips (Tom Mison) could actually be Doctor Manhattan, or rather, a clone of his human alter ego Jon Osterman. Phillips and Veidt’s maid, Ms. Crookshanks (Sara Vickers), appeared in Watchmen‘s pilot happily serving their master in his ornate castle. This includes acting in a bizarre play Adrian wrote called “The Watchmaker’s Son”. However, their twisted performance gives the powerful impression that Veidt is mocking Doctor Manhattan and his dead girlfriend Janey Slater via Phillips and Crookshanks, who could be their genetically-engineered doppelgangers.

Though Watchmen hasn’t explicitly declared that Jeremy Irons’ is playing Adrian Veidt, the second episode, “Martial Feats of Comanche Horsemanship”, leaves little doubt that Irons’ mystery man is indeed Ozymandias. HBO’s tie-in website, Peteypedia, contains supplemental materials about the series, including a news clipping dated September 9, 2019 titled “Veidt Declared Dead”. The article states that Adrian Veidt vanished in 2012 – 7 years before Watchmen begins – but in the premiere episode, Irons’ character is celebrating some sort of anniversary, complete with a special gold and purple cake, which are the colors of Ozymandias. Further erasing doubts that Irons is Veidt, he declared he was writing a play – a tragedy in five acts called “The Watchmaker’s Son” – and now that it has been performed by Phillips and Crookshanks, it’s absolutely about Doctor Manhattan’s tragic origin – a tale Veidt knows very well.
Watchmen revealed the true nature of Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks but we explore if Adrian Veidt’s butler is really a clone of Doctor Manhattan.

But since Phillips and Crookshanks are clones, who did Veidt model them after? It’s quite possible he chose to base his disposable servants on Jon Osterman and Janey Slater. After all, Ozymandias knew both of them quite well; he first met Doctor Manhattan and Slater at the ill-fated only meeting of the Crime Busters superhero team in the 1960s. In 1985, he conspired to infect Slater with cancer as part of his scheme to force Doctor Manhattan to leave the planet, paving the way for his hoax that would ultimately save the world in Watchmen‘s ending. Given what he did to the real Janey, he clearly would have no qualms about killing their duplicates. Further, Watchmen has teased Doctor Manhattan will appear in the series but has not announced who plays the blue super-being – could it be because Tom Mison is already ‘cast’ in a version of the role and is right there in plain sight?
If the servants really are clones of Jon Osterman and Janey Slater, then Adrian Veidt must despise Doctor Manhattan enough so that in his exile, wherever he is, Ozymandias could have chosen to make replicas of his nemesis and his girlfriend to literally dote on him hand and foot – and then kill them for his own amusement. “The Watchmaker’s Son” feels like a kind of excessively petty revenge by a bitter old man who is powerless against the real Doctor Manhattan. But nothing ever ends in Watchmen, including Veidt’s ire at Doctor Manhattan, so much so that it looks like Ozymandias ruthlessly murders clones of Jon Osterman and Janey Slater as a sick form of recreation and catharsis.
To make the play believable, Veidt actually has Phillips roasted alive in his mock “Intrinsic Field Generator”, which leads to the next big shock: there are multiple Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks because they are indeed all clones. This makes sense since Ozymandias is a master of genetic engineering; in the 1980s, his prized pet was a giant cloned lynx named Bubastis and Veidt made a fortune selling his cloning technology in the 1990s. Veidt’s expertise must have expanded to creating (not quite perfect) humans.
Warning: This article contains SPOILERS from Watchmen episode 2.
Every fan of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel or Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie remembers how Doctor Manhattan was created and “The Watchmaker’s Son” picks up at the story’s tragic end: in 1959 at the Gila Flats research lab, physicist Dr. Jon Osterman (Phillips) and his girlfriend Janey Slater (Vickers) are desperately in love but Jon mistakenly left his father’s pocket watch in their creation, the Intrinsic Field Generator. After going in to retrieve the watch, Osterman is sealed inside and is disintegrated, only to re-emerge weeks later as the superpowered being Doctor Manhattan. “The Watchmaker’s Son” bombastically mocks Jon’s ordeal, with Veidt in the crowd urging Crookshanks/Slater that he wants to “see those tears!” as Phillips/Osterman dies horribly. Seconds later, a nude Phillips painted blue emerges from the sealing as Doctor Manhattan, accompanied by Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” (a nod to Snyder’s film). The play concludes with Veidt resignedly joining Phillips/Manhattan in reciting the ominous final words, “Nothing ever ends”.

Watchmen airs Sundays @ 9pm on HBO.

Watchmen revealed the true nature of Mr. Phillips and Ms. Crookshanks but we explore if Adrian Veidt’s butler is really a clone of Doctor Manhattan.

Manhattan clones

Apple’s decision to allow other manufacturers to have a slice of the Macintosh pie had seen a wealth of machines appear from wealth of manufacturers. Some were already known in the hardware arena, but others most certainly weren’t and such was the case with ComputerWarehouse. Primarily known as an Apple reseller, UK based ComputerWarehouse saw an opportunity to make good use of their existing retail experience – the result was a bewildering array of machines.

It was dead, d-e-a-d, dead and no mistake and the guy selling it sugested that it might be the power switch or the PRAM battery. Knowing how troublesome Macs of this era (either Apple Macs or otherwise) could be, the evidence would point towards the PRAM battery. Sadly no dice. Even the power switch was fine. Once again it was the mysteries of the CUDA switch that procided the answer: Rip out the battery, pop in the power, hit the CUDA switch and then power up. success.
Clones are not exactly common in Mac-land but, especially in the museum, they’re something that we do have experience of. A Computer Warehouse machine was something different though and this one came as ‘maybe working’ – I think we all know what that means.

This particular example was pretty well ‘tricked out’ though and it had not only been upped to 160Mb of main RAM, but also sported a network card and a USB card. All nice things to have. but nothing to really add to the ‘basic machine’.
In terms of specification and performance, the ComputerWarehouse machines were on a par with their rivals – nothing dazzling but, on the other hand, nothing dire. As with so many choices that buyers faced though, you paid your money, you took choice.
Would I buy one? Well when new, it no doubt offered a cheap alternative to an Apple machine but nowadays. Well nowadays you can get a ‘proper’ Apple machine for far less. And, no offence, but that Apple machine will have an awful lot more ‘soul’ than this hollow metal box.
Having sub-licensed the option to create legal ‘clones’ from Motorola, ComputerWarehouse released a whopping 11 machines all named after various cities around the world (the full line up being: Harvard, Stanford, New York, Manhattan, Hollywood, Nashville, Boston, Rome, Paris, Cannes and, strangely, B-Machine). Despite this seemingly impressive number of machines, all were based on the Tanzania motherboard and used either the PowerPC 603e (Harvard and Stanford) or PowerPC 604e processor (everything else), and all (with the exception of just one machine) ran at an identical 200MHz (the ‘odd’ machine, the Stanford, ran at 240MHz).
That it was now working was great. maybe. In truth the Manhattan is just the same as most of its stablemates (regardless of manufacturer) and the pros and cons that could be levelled at most of the Tanzania based machines could also be applied here: use of ‘PC components’ = good, use of metal case = bad etc. etc. etc. That might sound a little bit dismissive but, all said and done, the Manhattan is nothing that any other clone of the era is. It works and runs Mac OS nicely. but it doesn’t offer anything over and above anything else.

Like so many of its ilk, the ComputerWarehouse machines very much stuck to the same formula: PC style metal case, Tanzania motherboard, IDE hard drive offering several Gb of storage, 32Mb to 128Mb main memory and several more ‘PC-centric’ ports (e.g. PS/2, VGA). They were nothing radical and they were nothing that any number of their rivals offered but the important thing, for buyers, was that they were consistently as well specced as their Apple counterparts and were cheaper.

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