Saturday, April 16, 2016

High Castle

cinema à la carte                                 

"I saw my brother mowed down at Virginia Beach"
The television series diverges from the novel in many significant respects. Both the Pacific States of America and the Eastern American puppet state appear to be mere provinces of the Japanese and German empires without any apparent autonomous (even quisling) government institutions whatsoever. The Rocky Mountain States become a literally anarchic Neutral Zone. World War II appears to have ended symbolically in 1945, with America surrendering unconditionally after the Nazis destroy Washington DC with an H-bomb, rather than in 1947 after the US is invaded and defeated by land as in the book. As for Hitler himself, while elderly, he is apparently mostly hale in his Season 1 finale appearance, though other characters elsewhere in the season do reference his supposed physical infirmity. (Wiki)
My son the royal prince told me to watch this series, which is by now in it's second season (so there's that).  We just watched s1, e3, and ... wow.  I have never watched anything that caused such a visceral reaction.  I mean, making me feel unsettled, ill, and queasy. I think perhaps it's due to the fact that, previously, I would have watched secure in the knowledge that this nation was too united to allow anything close to this scenario. Red Dawn 1984 ("In our time, no foreign army has ever occupied American soiul ... until now") had a similar premise, however I saw it as a vastly entertaining object lesson about protecting our borders.  With High Castle, I'm reduced to believing that we are on a course that will lead to a similar fracture, political upheaval, and subjugation. But, that's just me. 

It's an AMAZON production, free to the Prime member, although I'll bet that wont be true for season two.  In fact, I'm disappointed that there  is a season 2.  I want closure.  Somehow Daily Motion is able to show S1,E1 (above), so have a go.

ASIDE: Man in the High Castle ads pulled (Cuomo) from subways after Nazi imagery backlash [UPDATED]  Ahem.

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Anonymous said...

Yeah the show is really fantastic. The two leads were written not terribly well, I thought, but it's testament to the premise that it detracts nothing away. And like I think I said a while ago when someone brought it up in the comments, the Nazi John Smith, is one of the best characters on a television show.


Hogue said...

The show evokes some real visceral reactions but I can't help but not believe that America could ever be conquered externally. Might just be me but the freedom gene is too inherent. Also Prime with fire tv is the tits.


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