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The Man in the High Castle

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AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Sun 22-Nov-15 18:35:21

It's on Amazon Prime tv, has anyone else watched it?

Premise is an alternative history, if the axis powers had won WW2 and nazis/imperial Japan run America.

I am quite liking it!

hefzi Sun 22-Nov-15 20:23:19

Thanks for the recommendation! I never seem to be able to find anything appealing on Prime, but this sounds very interesting.

AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Mon 23-Nov-15 21:38:12

Have you managed to watch any of them yet? What do you think? Im 8 episodes in now.

Kacie123 Mon 23-Nov-15 21:43:38

Interesting - this is on my watch list! grin is it good, average, or so bad it's good so far?

Abraid2 Tue 24-Nov-15 08:09:38

I've watched a few of them. Interesting. Rufus Sewell, I used to like you and now you are an evil Nazi.

Apparently the book is worth a read. The film is a book in the book, if you see what I mean. Might add to Christmas list.

wintersdawn Tue 24-Nov-15 08:18:08

Think we are on episode 5 now. It's an interesting take on history but I've a feeling it might become too complicated for its own good, there seem to be a few story lines running alongside that we are unaware of but that are effecting the ones we are aware of - hope that makes sense, trying to explain but not give away plot lines!
Agree Rufus Sewell does make a very good bad guy.

Kacie123 Tue 24-Nov-15 09:18:50

It has Rufus Sewell? I'm in grin

Abraid2 Tue 24-Nov-15 14:52:20

I'm afraid to say he does look handsome in a brutal way, channeling Sylvia Plath here.

AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Tue 24-Nov-15 20:49:52

I just finished the last episode. Wow. Don't know what to think! Loved the series, very interesting.

AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Tue 24-Nov-15 20:50:55

Book added to my wishlist!

Abraid2 Wed 25-Nov-15 21:48:49

I'm reading it now. Just started. Apparently it is not so thriller-y, ,order alternative sci-fi. Interesting.

I am on about episode 6 of the tv. Gripping.

Holstein Wed 25-Nov-15 22:51:37

Is this based on the P. K. Dick story?

Nodney Wed 25-Nov-15 22:58:47

Complicated... But just...wow. Just finished the series tonight

Abraid2 Thu 26-Nov-15 06:12:48

Holstein, yes.

Holstein Thu 26-Nov-15 08:27:31

Thanks abraid. I read it years ago, but I cannot imagine how they filmed it.

Abraid2 Thu 26-Nov-15 08:36:33

The Grasshopper book is now a film. The action thrust is towards finding out who the man in the high castle is and what he aims to do. Juliana lives in SF with Frank and only goes to The Neutral Zone because her sister has been killed while working for the resistance. It's a bit more of a spy thriller and less theoretical. But still good in its own right, more like Fatherland or Dominion or SS Great Britain.

AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Fri 27-Nov-15 17:11:07

I don't want to spoil it for others, but the very last scene - what does it mean? Dream? Moving through time? Will he go back? What happens next???

AttitcusFinchIsMyFather Fri 27-Nov-15 17:12:12

And also, can other people do it? Is that how the films appear?

Abraid2 Fri 27-Nov-15 23:55:18

Is there a series 2,was my thought on seeing that scene, Atticus

Abraid2 Fri 27-Nov-15 23:58:51

I wonder whethere there is a clue in the theme tune--Edelweiss with some of the lines missed out or rearranged.

FrinkingIt Mon 30-Nov-15 15:03:01

Hello, I have just finished watching this. My thoughts on the last scene and the films (not having read the book) is that it is possibly something to do with the blueprint for the Heisenberg device that the Japanese science minister found in his pocket (deposited there by the disillusioned Nazi guy). Could this be some kind of a red herring - we are meant to conclude the Nazis' most important weapon is the nuclear bomb but Heisenberg was an early pioneer of quantum mechanics and what with this being sci-fi and all that, maybe the Nazis found a way to travel between alternate realities using Heisenberg's work? Or to see into alternate realities and therefore alter the course of history significantly.

I really enjoyed it. I thought it was well realised, enough that some of the slightly wooden acting (Frank, Juliana etc) didn't detract from the whole.

Abraid2 Mon 30-Nov-15 15:53:56

Could be a theory, Frinkign

I have finished the book now, which does indeed end rather abruptly. I am trying to find the notes Dick apparently made for the sequel, which are somewhere on the net.

Eachleechsparethumb Mon 30-Nov-15 17:45:45

I'm really enjoying this. Why is the lighting so dark though?

Abraid2 Mon 30-Nov-15 22:12:31

Perhaps to show how drab the world would have been without an allied victory. No Rogers and Hammerstein musicals. No big New York advertising billboards. So many of the entertainment and media producers and stars were Jewish and they wouldn't have been making movies or advertisements. No postwar consumer boom. No rise of teen culture.

Or, because it's all about alternative realities?

LurkingHusband Wed 02-Dec-15 14:49:09

We were hooked after episode 1.

If anyone found it vaguely familiar, then it could be the Philip K. Dick/Ridley Scott (re)-pairing which bought us "Blade Runner" (****ing top film) in 1982.

With quality like this out there, the terrestrial/old-school channels (BBC etc) are really going to have to up their game. Although I notice buried in the Wiki the BBC had plans to adapt it originally.

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