The Man in The High Castle – Review

August 6, 1945 the United States of America had dropped two atom bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This particular event marked the ending of World War 2, or is that so?

What if the U.S. never dropped those bombs? What if the allied forces never won the Second World War? What if the Axis forces won the Second World War? The Man in The High Castle (M.T.H.C.) answers these very questions and I must say, it does so beautifully.

M.T.H.C. delves deep into the alternate version of North American history where the U.S. lost the Second World War to the Nazis. This results in the North American continent to be divided into three parts, ‘The Greater Nazi Reich’,’Neutral Zone’ and ‘The Japanese Pacific States.’ The Greater Nazi Reich consists of the majority of the landmass of the Eastern and Central North American continent, and of course controlled by the Nazis. Neutral Zone as the name suggests is not controlled by anyone and is a piece of land with no proper authority. The Japanese Pacific States consist of the Western Seaboard of the continent and are controlled by the Empire of Japan.

There are three main institutions at work in this alternate universe on the continent, the Nazis, Japanese and the Resistance. The Resistance is a group of people who are mostly based in the Neutral zone, working in secrecy against the two foreign nations and are trying to overthrow them and reclaim the continent back from them. The series consists mostly of interactions between the three institutions.

The series has curiosity written all over it. Once you start it, you’ll want to know more about this world. How are things different? How does the government work? How are important monuments and landmarks different from those we have in the real world? These types of questions are answered superbly in the series. The experience is sublime and at times you’ll believe the fact that this has actually happened. Editing of the episodes has been done in such a way that episodes are fast paced and there isn’t a moment of rest in the series, and you’ll always want to watch more and find out what happens next, with an incredible plot along with a world filled with curiosity the series manages to grab the attention and retain this attention.

Soundtracks and the background scores in the series are extremely well placed and match with the atmosphere of the universe. I personally never skipped the opening sequence, because the title track is very catchy. Casting of the characters has been done well and they seem perfect for the role. Though there have been criticisms on the acting, with the main issue being raised that the “German characters don’t sound German.” Initially I did feel that this was the case, but then I realized that most of the characters were living in the North American continent for many years, they are bound to have influence of the North American people in their language. I render this particular issue to not be relevant, as it hardly affects the setting of the series.

Plot. The plot of the series is very very interesting, it is better to not talk about the plot so as to not ruin the experience of the reader. This series is worth watching, and I highly recommend it. Based on the book by Philip.K.Dick., The Man in The High Castle. Without any doubt this series must be on your watch list for your next binge-watching session.

Priyamvad Rai

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