The Man in the High Castle, the new Amazon series that launches Friday, imagines a world in which Hitler beat the U.S. to the atomic bomb. Itâ€™s easily the best new drama of 2015.
I think probably one of the reasons they had a hard time getting it made all those years is that its very dangerous material, Spotnitz adds. Its potentially very offensive.
What if the Nazis won the war?
What if Hitler beat the U.S. to the atomic bomb and dropped it on Washington, D.C.?
What if the Axis powers then divided the U.S. and occupied their new territories: Greater Nazi Reich in the east and the Japanese Pacific States in the west?
The alternative history presented in The Man in the High Castle, Amazons ambitious new drama series based on Philip K. Dicks novel, is provocative just at face value. But as its characters alternately settle into and rebel against the reality of this hypothetical, a world in which New York is occupied by Nazis and San Francisco is under Japanese rule, the show becomes downright ghastly.
The entire series arrives ready to be binged on Friday. It is easily the most unsettlingbut also the most interestingnew drama of a dismal fall season cluttered with high-concept dramas with little actual intrigue.
Amazon has made a tradition of putting the pilots for its original series online for the public to rate and review prior to ordering them to series. The Man in the High Castle is the services highest-rated pilot in its short history.
I think one guess is that we still live in an age of fear right now, creator Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) says, assessing what it was about the show that yielded such a response. I think were all still living in a post-9/11 world. To see how people deal with nightmare situations and survive feels really relevant.
Man in the High Castles alternative history is set in the 1960s, but Spotnitz was hyperaware of its potential to resonate today while writing it. Its about people who are trying to stay human in an inhuman world, he says. Theres so much going on now that is terribly inhuman. What can you do? Can you change things?
Read more: www.thedailybeast.com