What if the Allies never won World War 2? Where would be have ended up in history?
Based on the novel by Phillip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle is an alternate reality where the U.S. and the allied countries didn't invent the Atom bomb. Instead it was invented by Germany, helping them to secure their victory in the war.
First of all, lets do a roll call of brilliant names that attached themselves to this project. First off we have our main protagonists Alexa Davalos and Rupert Evans. They play the couple Juliana Crain and Frank Frink who live in what is considered the Japanese Pacific states. This area is comprised of our modern day Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona and part of Wyoming. On this part of the content also lives Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa playing the Japanese Trade Minister Nobusuke Tagomi.
Our Nazi characters consist of Rufus Sewell as Obergruppenführer John Smith, Carsten Norgaard as Rudolph Wegener, and Luke Kleintank *Spoiler* as Joe Blake (only really spoils the first episode though).
Our real story begins when Juliana is given a satchel by her half- sister Trudy (Played by Conor Leslie) hands her a film, shortly before Trudy is gunned down by the Kempeitai, or Japanese Police. This sets Juliana on a quest to find out what was so important about this film, that it would get her half sister killed in the process.
Personally, I love the way this subject shows how things could have been if the world had gone down a different path. The "What if?" of the entire scenario allows for the realization that things could have been a whole lot worse, had the United States never stepped in and assisted in ending the war. With all the actors playing their parts exceptionally, as well as throwing in only a small amount of a love triangle, this series is definitely one worth watching.
Of course, you will want to bear in mind, that is can be a little bit slow and difficult to watch in some parts. If you keep in mind that this season is laying the ground work for what could be a greater Season 2, it should make it easier to power through the entire thing. One rainy or snowy weekend would suffice to complete the series, especially since there are only 10 total episodes.
I, for one, am definitely looking forward to seeing how they playout season 2, as the finale definitely left open a lot of questions, especially after finding out who The Man in the High Castle is.