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The Man in the High Castle
Trading star power for triumphant weirdness, former X-Files writer Frank Spotnitz looked to sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick’s novel The Man in the High Castle for his first Amazon project, and it’s one of the most striking and interesting pilots I’ve ever seen in my life. Taking place in an alternate history’s 1962, in which Germany and Japan won World War II and have split the U.S. (and part of the world) into factions, the story shifts and alters some of the points in Dick’s narrative to better fit the small screen format, and it surprisingly all works rather perfectly.

Executive produced by Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle sees Juliana Crain (Alexa Davalos) and Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) as two unconnected characters brought from different sides of the country into a controversial rebellion plot involving film reels that tell of a reality where the war played out very differently. Also taking rising tensions between Germany and Japan into account – in which Rufus Sewell and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa come into things – this drama is as dense as it is spectacular to watch, with a world-building approach that very few shows manage to pull off. For anyone looking for another non-Americans trip into a political thriller that doesn’t vilify the entire Middle East, this show is for you. Go vote for this series!

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