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Very interesting idea, inconsistent writing, bad acting by the lead actors but brilliant acting by the supporting cast
The plot is based on an alternate reality, which is a surprisingly untouched topic in mainstream television. The overarching question in the whole series is "What if" the Allies had lost the second world war. Based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name, "The Man in the High Castle" is an extensive exploration of this alternate history. The art production of the show is at par with anything else around today and every subtlety in realizing this alternate universe is well done. The central conflict here is between the officers of this authoritarian world and the revolutionaries. There are important characters on both sides of the fence to show the story from multiple perspectives and that works greatly in its favor. However, the show suffers from inconsistent writing and direction across different episodes. Plot points raised by directors in one episode are completely discarded in the next episode. In some cases,the story becomes too formulaic and the dialogue too cliché for a show which should be anything but. Despite the abundance of plot holes, TMITHC is worth a watch primarily because of the novelty of the idea. The first two episodes and the season finale were the standout episodes in terms of the writing and direction. No wonder Episode 2 and 10 have the same director (Daniel Percival) who was way better than the other directors.
What adversely affects the series is that the two supposedly lead characters (Joe & Juliana) are the most uninteresting ones too. It doesn't help that the actors who portray these characters do not show the range of emotions to captivate the audience and it's difficult to be sympathetic to them. The secondary cast of the show on the other hand is terrific. Rufus Sewell steals the show with his absolutely brilliant portrayal of German commander Smith and will surely remind you of his "Illusionist" days. Rupert Evans does justice to the role of Frank but suffers from poor writing. Joel de la Fuente's Inspector Kiddo is another character done absolutely correctly while Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa's Tagomi-San is the heart and soul of the whole series. Also worth mentioning is Carsten Norgaard's Rudolph Wegner and Ray Proscia's Heydrich.
I will definitely watch the season 2 primarily because of the brilliantly done finale episode with the multiple cliffhangers ending with a big twist.
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