Can you imagine a world where the USA lost World War 2? The Man In The High Castle did just that.
Set in the 60s after the War was lost, good ol’Murica is now split between the German’s and the Japanese. With that comes all the outrageous cultural differences, but it’s to be expected from a show orbiting an alternate history.
Not only does The Man In The High Castle hit you with some great action scenes and gripping moments, it also tugs on your heartstrings within the first couple of episodes. Being a ten episode series, you soon see the fallout unfold.
Based on a book of the same name, you follow Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) as she finds a film that could put the whole Germany/ Japan charade at risk. And there’s her boyfriend, Frank Frink, (?), played by Rupert Evans, who has to deal with the consequences while she tries to figure out what to do with it. To complete the typical lil’love triangle, mysterious stranger Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) emerges to cause friction and whatnot.
Davalos’ great acting as the leading woman in a very male-dominated show makes her a better character than what she could have been. You see Juliana come into her own as the show surges on as she transitions from weak and naive to strong as hell by the end of the series.
It could’ve just been some boring post-wartime series. Thanks to a resilient cast of characters who don’t get lost amidst the sea of confusing plotlines, this is avoided. But the amount of twists, turns, shocks and surprises alongside the sci-fi edge it has makes it a very strong series on Amazon’s books, having come through their pilot scheme.
The ending not only leaves The Man In The High Castle on a cliffhanger, but it brings back around that sci-fi theme. Must be to confuse you while you wait a year or so for the recently confirmed next series.
The Man In The High Castle could be the next online series that hooks you in with its great story, convincing characters and some almighty cliffhangers.
By Nat Murray