The pilot episode for the mini series The Man in the High Castle is now available on amazon.com. I read the book back when I was in college, and to be honest I don’t remember much of it. However speaking for what I saw in the pilot it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen on “TV”.
For those unfamiliar with the story The Man in the High Castle is set in an alternate world of 1962 where the Allied forces lost the second world war, and as a result the United States has been divided into two sections. The eastern seaboard through middle America belongs to the Third Reich, and the remaining center to the west coast belongs to Japan… and it is an uneasy peace between the two. There are other specifics I can mention but I don’t want to spoil anything for you.
For me what makes the show so special is the producers attention to detail. Third Reich New York looks like a combination of New York and Berlin, while San Francisco looks like a combination of Tokyo and San Francisco. The execution of the design for both these regions looks like it has been fretted over to the level of the atom. In New York you see large American cars parked next to small Messerschmitt micro cars, while in San Francisco you see a greater influence of Japanese culture, looking very much like an early 1960’s Japan.
I’m not going to give you anymore information about the show. Watch it and see for yourselves. I’ve included the opening titles and some screenshots to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.
I hope you watch it and enjoy it.
Previous post here at dieselpunks.org about the pilot: http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/man-in-the-high-castle-ph...
Watch the opening titles: http://www.dieselpunkindustries.com/single/the-man-in-the-high-cast...