Amazon Studios has been positioning itself for a couple years now, and it looks like Man in the High Castle might be their strongest follow-up to Transparent, their highly successful dramedy that picked up a huge following and made a pretty serious splash at The Emmys.
The pilot episode has been available to watch for a few months, and it's good. The show essentially takes World War II and imagines what it would be like if the Nazis and Japan had won. It's interesting.
Here are five reasons you can't miss this show:
1. It's premise alone is worthy of conversation and debate
I urge anyone to look at this map and not be thoroughly engaged and interested. This was a legitimate possibility, and this version of alternate history would have been scary. This image of Times Square Nazi'd out is startling.
2. The source material is an excellent book from a highly accomplished writer
Having read the book, I can see why Amazon was pretty gung-ho about getting this project going. There was no doubt that, if well-done, this would be quite the show.
3. The reviews are great
97% on Rotten Tomatoes is incredibly strong. 8.4/10 on IMDb isn't too shabby, either.
4. Streaming is the future and quality content is going to some of these growing production houses
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, etc. are taking over and proving they can put out content that is of the quality you would expect from cable networks. This is the future, so like... might as well jump on it.
5. This is a great opportunity for Asian actors
This is a big opportunity for Japanese actors to play dynamic roles in a major television series. Sure, we have Fresh Off the Boat and Dr. Ken as shows starring Asian comedians, but it will be nice to see some dramatic and multi-faceted characters on MITHC. We really don't get enough of that.
Should be a good show. I'm looking forward to its broad streaming release Friday.