Creator: Frank Spotnitz
Major Cast: Alexa Davalos, Joel de la Fuente, Rufus Sewell, Chelah Horsdal, Bennan Brown, DJ Qualls, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, Gracyn Shinyei, and Genea Charpentier
Number of Seasons: 4
Episodes in Each Season: 10
Running Time of Each Episode: 57 minutes
I knew what the gist of this show was about but found a little too much back and forth in one instance, but as the seasons progressed, these different scenarios were less jarring. The main locations of this show, based on the book by Philip K. Dick, is of Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan having a stronghold in parts of U.S. after World War II. The Greater Nazi Reich basically claimed the Midwest, East Coast, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Japanese basically claimed the Pacific states, parts of the Southwest states, Alaska, and Hawaii. The neutral zone is a sliver between them including Idaho, and parts of the Washington and the Southwest.
The central character is Juliana Crane. She forms many relationships with other major characters of this show. As the seasons progress, her relationships are revealed piece by piece especially to Nobusuke Tagomi, Joe Blake, John Smith, and Wyatt Price. The portrayal of Rufus Sewell as John Smith is top notch and Chelah Horsdal as Helen Smith is chilling as well. While I found the first two seasons interesting, I thought the later seasons were better. It might have been because certain thing had come to end while others were just beginning. The man in the High Castle show has political power plays, espionage acts, family struggles, professional sacrifices, racial competitions, and other worlds known to only a few. It’s overall entertaining but admit you need to be in the right mood. Don’t ask me what mood that is, but it’s not something you can do other things while watching.
I rate The Man in the High Castle FOUR FINGERS AT 90%.