The Man in the High Castle – Season One

Three out of five stars.

Amazon Prime’s highly publicised new series is a dystopia based the book by Phillip K. Dick and developed by Frank Spotnitz.

You can’t help but be drawn in by its interesting premise of an alternate history where the Axis Powers won World War II.  In a nice touch, it’s 1962 as well – so no modern tech – but great production values realise  a re-imagined United States.

You’ll be hooked by the end of episode one.

But despite these strengths, narratively it does tend to wander after the strong initial run of episodes.  I like a ‘slow build’ , but the pacing is a little off at times, but thankfully there is still plenty to enjoy. In particular a strong turn by Rufas Sewell as the ruthless Obergruppenfuhrer .

And then there’s that hook – footage being smuggled by the Resistance of an alternative reality where the Allied forces win the war.

Despite its weaknesses, the final episode is a corker with a great  (if risky) final sequence to set up Season Two.

I am intrigued enough to stick with this.

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