The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon show based on the Philip K. Dick book and it is about an alternative history where the Nazis won the 2nd world war by dropping an Atomic bomb on Washington D.C. and that lead them to conquer the rest of the world and divide it with their allies The Japanese Empire, I wasn’t a big fan of the first season despite my love for PKD and his novels but the show left me with nothing but a sense of misdirection between the show’s main mystery and a love triangle that didn’t seem like it was going anywhere interesting fortunately I think Amazon found their footing with the 2nd season.
At the end of last season we found our main characters at three different locations and I think from here the writers made the best decision for this show which was putting each character on a different path and not having any of them meet for the whole season, each had their own story despite each story kinda leading up to the other in a way which was beautifully constructed and orchestrated. we also get more in depth with the Nazis this season which I thought was the most fascinating part of the previous season by having one of the characters live in New York and the other in Berlin. the central story of the season resolves around a political conspiracy that could leave the world in ruin and we also get to know how the resistance work and what they are doing to hurt the enemy, the best part about this season is how every story that was taking place during the show somehow even if it was in a small percentage chained to the other stories and to me that is an achievement.
We also get to know our title character, the illusive Man in the High Castle and we get some answers regarding the films and their true nature how do they work and where do they come from, which is the show’s central mystery personally I was satisfied with the answers the show provided I liked they way they provided the answer as well, it wasn’t through a character that didn’t know what was going on and have another character explain it to him they actually showed us the process which is the mark of a great writer, show don’t tell.
by far my favorite performance is from Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa as trade minister Tagomi, his calm presence really shines throughout the series and it is a really nice departure from his 90s roles which was mostly a martial arts villain, also the main three characters had an improvement in their performance as well it is like they took an acting class or something, Rufus Sewell is also great as the SS Obergruppenführer John Smith and his family struggles which gave some humanity and depth to his character despite how brutal he actually is.
Verdict : Over all I really liked the 2nd season of The Man in the High Castle and I am very excited for season 3 sometime next year, I just hope to god they keep up the good work and not start another love triangle. (9.5/10.0)