Amazon Prime Review: The Man in the High Castle (Seasons 1-3)

I committed to catching up with my outside-of-theatre reviews once/week, and have already failed after the first post…my apologies, but no shame here because life is busy and it happens. Forgive and move forward, right? So that’s where I stand, trudging ahead with another review of a series that recently released its third season to Amazon Prime members, The Man in the High Castle. This is the show that I admitted to semi-binging in an earlier post, as I’m pretty sure that I finished all three seasons in roughly 2 weeks time (that’s like 2 episodes/day, hence the “semi-binging”). Now allow me to tell you what about the show intrigued me so much as to divert a large quantity of time to it.
Imagine a world where The Allied Powers didn’t win the Second World War. Crazy right? Well this show makes it a reality, and even crazier, because you come to learn that it is really only ‘A’ reality, as in one of (many…several…two…?). As the series is still unfolding, I am yet unsure of how their dimension-traveling will play out, but it has been an interesting twist to unfold. And that doesn’t spoil much to talk about if you are truly interested in watching the show, as it becomes apparent pretty quickly that the film canisters that everyone is so interested in have somehow captured what could have happened if the war had ended as we know it to have ended. And in a crazy little nutshell, that’s the show.
There’s more to it of course, like spy-intrigue, political strategizing, and a great performance by Rufus Sewell (A Knight’s Tale, The Holiday), who portrays one of the Obergruppenführer (a.k.a. SS Nazi General). Surprisingly, I think two of the main characters, played by Alexa Davalos and Luke Kleintank, fall behind in my interest-level as their roles become rather repetitive throughout each season. But as a whole I was quite invested in following the characters around a world completely different than our own, and the show creator, Frank Spotnitz (also known for his work with The X-Files), does an amazing job with dialogue and capturing even the smallest of details that give viewers a realistic experience. The Nazi and Japanese powers have split control of the U.S., and as the show follows characters in both coasts (and travel between) we get to see traditions and beliefs of both that have created a new culture.
Check this one out if you have any interest based on those couple paragraphs of information, as I’m sure that they will work on releasing the fourth season by sometime around Christmas later this year. You have time to take it slow, no need to semi-binge this one 🙂 I still have plenty of other shows and films that I have thus far watched, and will do my best to have another review next week, which should be the first season of Netflix’s award-winning comedy: The Kominsky Method. Cheers everyone!

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