The "Science" of Watchmen?


Every woman's dream-- group sex with a spectral superhero. In science, says Professor Kakalios, all things are possible.

He may go uncredited in the film, but U of M physics professor James Kakalios is primed to hack out a hallowed spot for himself in the Great Halls of Nerdery. A YouTube interview with Kaklios, who served in an unofficial capacity as a science adviser on the set of Watchmen, does its best to explain exactly how Dr. Manhattan, one of the film's arctic, detached protagonists, manages to clone himself for a little three-way coitus, mentally deconstructing Soviet tanks all the while.

Despite his extensive knowledge of the working world, Kaklios' claims test the very limts of feasability, and his scientific rationalizations of Watchmen's more fantastical maneuvers do little more than needlessly dissect something that, due to the suspension of disbelief that's required anytime one picks up a superhero comic, doesn't benefit much from such close analysis.

Still, as mental exercise, Kaklios' interview is an amusing way to pass six minutes on a Monday. And kudos to the bespectacled brainiac for finding a way to cash checks on multiple realms of arcane eggheadery.