Moons ago, I watched the pilot episode of Amazon’s series The Man In The High Castle. It was terrific. Dark, exciting, complex, suspenseful, brave.
It’s based on Philip K. Dick’s novel, in which the Japanese and Germans prevailed in WWII. Now (that is, the early 1960s) Germany controls the eastern U.S. and the Japanese control the Pacific States, with only a narrow and perilous neutral zone between them. Though most Americans seem to have accepted their overlords (and many have become dedicated Nazis), a desperate resistance emerges from the shadows.
One focus of the resistance is a film, produced by (?) the mysterious Man in the High Castle, that shows an alternate reality in which the allies triumphed. Does the film show something true? Is it just a masterful piece of propaganda meant to undermine the tyrannical victors? What is it, really, and who is its mysterious creator? Nobody knows.
Last spring, I wasn’t aware that the pilot was the only bit that yet existed. I just knew that it was the most-watched pilot Amazon had produced, and I could see why. I fell headlong into it — and about went nuts when I realized the cliffhanger ending was all I was going to get!
The show was “too expensive and too dangerous” for the networks. The BBC and SyFy both rejected it. But Amazon viewers said go!
The 10-episode series has now been out a while and I just picked it up at episode two. No binge-watch yet. Episode two is as far as I’ve gotten. But by damn, it was better than the pilot. Without seeing another minute I’m ready to recommend this series to every freedomista anywhere.
Has anybody else watched it? No spoilers, please, but am I right? Is this as powerful a statement of resistance to tyranny as it seems to be?
Guess I’ll find out soon enough, as the binge-watching is about to commence.
The episodes are free to Amazon Prime subscribers. For some reason, I’m unable to find a non-Prime per-episode price (which would usually be $1.99 or $2.99). Maybe this one’s only available to Prime subscribers at the moment (UPDATE: Yes, available only with Prime right now).
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If the rest of the series is as good as episode 2, freedomistas everywhere are going to love it.