The first season of Amazon Prime’s newest series, adapted from the Philip K. Dick novel with which it shares its title, presents a lot of fascinating ideas, and is worth a watch despite some missteps in characterisation.
The Man in the High Castle
With a collection of new Amazon pilots to pick through and the return of spring television, it’s back to business for Randy and Sean on this week’s episode of The Mid-Season Replacements. After their first “WTF, NBC?” segment of 2015, the guys dig into the first episodes of the year for The Flash and Arrow, and wonder where the two shows are heading for the rest of the season. Then, after a little bit of fawning over Ground Floor, Randy and Sean go through Amazon’s latest slate of pilots, with lengthy discussions about The New Yorker Presents…, The Man in the High Castle, Cocked, and others (including the awful Salem Rogers). Finally, the guys talk about what they’ve been up to, and finish with a little talk about collectible card games (whaaat?) and Randy’s attempts to revitalize the digital version of the New York Knicks. Enjoy!
For fans of Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle will have undoubtedly already been on their radar for quite some time. Dick’s fiction has been adapted into several acclaimed films, including Blade Runner, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. In this recent batch of Amazon pilots, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) adapts The Man in the High Castle with the vision of turning the source material into a full television series. Those unfamiliar with Dick’s written work need only know that his interest is in science-fiction and that the worlds he creates are generally immersive, vast, and intricately planned-out.