A season full of action 2 tries to answer the questions of the series, and ends up stumbling over their own ambitions
The first season of “The Man in the High Castle”, the adaptation of the novel by Amazon TV’s alternative story by Philip K. Dick, was a strange silent exercise in change – the assumptions of the public about the Nazis and the Second World War to change lives To give in a world where the war ended differently. The plot of the first season was not very interesting, but that was not the point; It was Nazi seeing America on the east coast, while the kingdom of the sun shines in California. It is in his vision of a dream that “Man in the High Castle” show something in common with Dick in history – in his details and thank you notes, that is the fungibility of culture and how certain values and aesthetics can be in Of hegemony. While others wonder about curiosities behind glass. As Dick had, less electricity than the goal – that is the “I Ging” in love with cléromance, and beside his figures, which are used in “The Man in the High Castle”, he was used to pursue the Romanesque A kind of extravagance of their own history commitment.
The exhibition includes some of these mental exercises – but having a mandate of a show to keep the stories can not be completely abandoned to waste it. For a time he tried – and although it had his problems, was strangely charmingly immersed in a cinematic portrayal of the Nazis and Fascism, which was immaculate by the war, but the bureaucracy totalitarianism unaltered peace times. What is most fascinating about “The Man in the High Castle” is that he tries to eradicate the Nazism or the kingdom of Hirohito, despite the hate they can be. Instead, at his best, he wondered what actually live there – like a man who, like most of us, must at least a little in the world to invest around us to support a life. American Patriot John Smith (Rufus Sewell) is a high-level Nazi, high-ranking leader stationed in New York, while in secret Jewish Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) makes counterfeiting of American money into Japanese collectors. This is a tragedy for standardization, has occupied this word since the presidential election. This is the life that takes place quickly, even if Jewish families and children with congenital heart disease are transported into the gas chamber, while the Japanese authorities plan to transport nuclear material secretly on the bus.
The first season introduced to this supernatural device seemingly without much clue where to go. The second season has a clue where he would go, and … well. The show likes to use the sound projectors when they do not make the film on the roll, and continue to desperately wait for new material. The second season looks a little like the noise. Based throws an interesting and quite a scapegoat for the latest episodes – but the spray projector with a kind of despair that can feel the last hours of rolling. Season 2 produces more responses and more action than Season 1 – but the answers are strangely flat, after what many hours have been something more texture. And it ends with a bait-and-switch that is both too much and too frustrating, the exact way of rotation you expect a show does not mean throwing.
For what it is worth, the show always looks great, and in the second season, power boost a score – Alexa Davalos, who plays the leading role Juliana Crain, throws his weight around on paper and is much more poignantly corresponding. Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa, as Trade Minister Tagomi is the best performer in the series and Season 2 is a beautiful device, but quite confusing to explore their strange relationship, although the two characters never meet. Tagomi has found a way to use meditation to see your calendars, but not ours – and in season 2 will lie in 1962 during the Cuba crisis. The scope of the season is the resistance movements throughout the country and remain on the highest levels of the NS government in Berlin (Berlin is not convincing CGI, but I think, hopefully). The clever action finally give Helen Smith and other women in many nazi house arrest and the location of the stomach Screentime – while too wise action gives Joe Blake a story that might all have been out.
Very often, as it seems “Man in the High Castle” to know what it is – the program lost its showrunner half Frank Spotnitz Turntable 2, and has not replaced – but his credit, he always manages to regain his participation Ideas interesting and impressive way. The show can sometimes produce moments of breathtaking beauty and tranquility, even though the scope of the plot has become so strangely dominant that the characters could all be atlas to support the weight of the world.
The focus of the program of alternative realities and their power is something self-expanding – if all are important, then what we seek is important – but ends up being, sloppy, the element most involved in the show. “The man in the High Castle” suggests that the beginning of the nuclear war in 1962 will occur independently of the chronology – and research in the midst of the global crisis for the fragile tissue of humans, ideas, possibly, magic and power some Narrative, which manages to maintain all mutual annihilation. Which only communicate through a media exchange network of hidden communication where fiction world reveals absolutely predictive – finally, distant characters that are only seen in visions and memories. It is strange, and imperfectly executed – but also beautiful. There is no charge and victory in “The Man in the High Castle” exactly what humanity separates from tissue that is the worst time. It is a kind of message for this time – although we understand that this coil hopes to be at least shorter, denser and easier.