I caught up on season 3 of The Man in the High Castle a few months ago but just realised I hadn’t done a review. So…here are some thoughts on the series. I know season 4 has long since come and gone so this will be a FULL SPOILER review
We finally started to get some answers about the different universes and those who can travel between them. The truth was paid off really well as the pieces that have been laid out in previous seasons started to come together
The Nazi machine, and Julianna’s visions of it,was the most compelling plotline for me as I’m always drawn to the SF angle, much as I find the ‘what if’ history fascinating
I won’t apologise for the fact that I do not like the bad language, sexual content and violence in this series. I get that when dealing with mature themes comes mature content but this series definitely doubled down on this, especially when they introduced Wyatt, who was a good character but could barely string a sentence together without swearing.
On the Frink
Frank’s return was a welcome one and his journey of a return to faith, coupled with his mission of insurrection through art was handled really well. I was shocked at his death but his story came to a fitting end with others carrying on his legacy. His plotline was much better than Joseph’s who was kind of just there until he got killed off.
As a Brit I often roll my eyes at the weight attached to American iconography but I found this series handled these iconic landmarks being destroyed without being cheesy. I think seeing it through John’s eyes gave it weight as he was clearly conflicted while complying with the Nazis.
John’s story continues to be the most engaging as you are continually drawn in to root for this bad guy and, as he uncovers his alternate history you keep hoping he’ll one day do the right thing.
There’s probably a lot more I could say but I’ll leave it there. Now that we’ve dug into the sci-fi a bit more I’m keen to read the book, though if other Philip K Dick adaptations are anything to go by, it’ll be nothing like the screen version!!