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Amazon: The Man in High Castle

The Man in the High Castle [TV-MA]

Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).

Runtime: 1 hour, 1 minute Original air date: January 15, 2015

I assume it's appropriate to discuss shows here even if they're not on cable/satellite/OTA?


The pilot episode of this is out on Amazon (free to Prime viewers) and if there's enough interest, they'll turn it into a series.


I watched this yesterday and wow, I think it's fascinating. The production quality is high, the plot is interesting and mostly the world they're in (the Nazis won!) is absolutely fascinating.


Has anyone else watched this? What are your thoughts? I for one hope they turn it into a full series.
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I thought it was excellent and hope they make it a series.
You do not need to be a Prime member to watch this - anybody can watch.

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The atmospheric feel of the show was excellent. It definitely felt like you were watching a high quality movie rather than just a TV show. It must have been set around 1960 based on the references to Hitler, Himmler, and other prominent figures from WWII still being alive. Being an old aerospace engineer, my favorite bit was the Nazi supersonic passenger jet. It looked real, so they definitely spent some money on the CGI.

All that being said, I wish it was a movie or just a short mini-series. I'm not sure this topic would sustain my interest for a full-length series. The pace of the episode seemed very slow and with the very minor level of resistance activity shown, it is hard to believe they could ever overthrow the Nazis or the Japanese unless the series is going to drag on for decades. I mean, realistically, all we got for an hour of our time was a guy driving a truck from the east coast towards somewhere around Utah and a girl riding a bus from the west coast towards the same place. It was hardly enough to get me excited to sit through hours and hours of this.

I enjoy alternate history stories and have read a lot of that type of novels and wished we would see more of it in TV and the movies. Therefore I think the basic concept of this show has some potential, but this pilot episode didn't hit it out of the park for me.

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Interesting premise, overall well done... I'd give the series a shot if/when.
Didn't see the double agent resistance guy coming

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I liked it, a lot!!! I hope it gets the go ahead....

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I thought it was excellent and hope they make it a series.

Yes I agree!
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Don't forget to write a review on the Amazon site for the pilot. Rate it highly (5*) if you liked it and low (1*) if you don't. They're using the feedback on the page to determine which pilots get turned into series...
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Dumped after 40 minutes.
Interesting concept, poor realization.
Too implausible, too soapy, too many tropes.


The show creators need to study their history a bit more closely.
No way would Americans have been treated human by the Japanese.
Not only that, but the American people at the time were nothing like what was portrayed on-screen.
Hell, the characters act as though they are from 2015, rather than 1960 or whatever.

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As a WWII history fanatic I found the premise exciting. Very well done and I hope that it goes to series.
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I dig alternate history stuff but I'll wait until MechaHitler shows up.
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