The Pratchett estate has been distancing itself from The Watch for quite some time. Terry’s daughter Rihanna even tweeted back in August of 2020 that the show was “inspired by characters created by Terry Pratchett” and not a true adaptation — an ominous sign for fans. Watching the first trailer for The Watch, it’s readily apparent why she said that.
“Who on earth envisioned Vimes as a Captain Jack Sparrow-esque character?” asks Reddit user 2maa2. Sam Vimes (Richard Dormer) is more of a put-upon soul just trying to do his job in the books, but as stated on Reddit, he’s been transformed for the screen into something a bit more stylized. “Instant interesting hero, just add eyeliner,” joked user thesullier, in obvious disgust.
Pratchett had a concept he used to explain diverging timelines called the “Trousers of Time,” where essentially the crotch is the point where a choice can be made and each leg of the trousers represents a potential outcome based on the result of the choice.
Reddit user dykmoby puts the trailer for The Watch in Time Trouser context, stating that the two likely legs are either an “excellent adaptation” of the source material, and an adaptation that is somewhat related to the text but is ultimately designed to “accommodate and appeal to the most broad of audiences.” Dymoby suggests that the trailer indicates a third option they call “one of those quantum embuggrances [sic] that crop up from time to time (or from trouser to trouser) where what was actually produced fell out of a hole in the crotch of said trousers, bounced off last year’s ‘Farmers’ Almanak’ [sic] and plummeted straight into the loo.”
In short: The Watch, a Pratchett concept that seems by its very nature to be designed for a wide swath of viewers, has unleashed a trailer which, in reverse Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants fashion, seems to fit exactly no one.