The first season of The Man in the High Castle was released in one day by Amazon Prime, as Internet streaming now allows studios to do with new shows. However, viewing the alternative history series one episode at a time leaves followers off at Episode 6, which seems to be a significant turning point for the characters, as well as for the series as a whole. News and spoilers reveal a plan for a riveting new season of the series, which is based on the Philip K. Dick book.
The Man In The High Castle Examines "Three Monkeys" And Delves Deeper Into Nazi Life
The episode, which is the sixth in the series' inaugural season, sets in motion a dinner that is more than it seems. On the surface, it would seem to be a chance meeting that gets Joe Blake (Luke Kleintank) invited to the home of high ranking Nazi officer John Smith (Rufus Sewell) for a dinner party. On the one hand, the event seems set up from a creative standpoint to give viewers a deeper, more intimate look at the Nazi lifestyle. The idea behind the episode seems to have been to show life for this Nazi family, having been influenced by American interests and yet adhering to Obergruppenfuhrer John Smith's strict observance of Nazi loyalty. At one point, we see John's son adorned in the uniform for the Nazi Youth, while the same family enjoys traditional American customs, such as apple pie and baseball.
In truth, Blake had set up the opportunity of running into Smith for this very reason, proving that there's much more to Kleintank's character than audiences had previously thought. It's Blake's hope that a relaxing evening at home, combined with liquor, will loosen John Smith's lips and, after a fashion, it does.
At this point, The Man in the High Castle finally touches on that, up until now, largely-avoided WWII atrocity, The Holocaust, and attempts to explore it from a Nazi officer's point of view. For Smith, these events are nothing more than the necessary acts of war and, although he seems to be alone in this philosophy, he clings to it fervently and even has his own comrade arrested over their difference of opinion.
Meanwhile, Joe Blake is interrupted, just as he discovers a file on The Grasshopper Lies Heavy.
The Man in The High Castle Will Return For Season 2
Behind the scenes, Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) will return as executive producer and he will be once again joined by film legend Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus). For those fans who may be unaware, Isa Dick Hackett, the daughter of Philip K. Dick, has also served as an executive producer on The Man in the High Castle and she will continue to do so for Season 2.
The Philip K. Dick series is only the second to be granted additional seasons by Amazon. Along with this news, comes the revelation that The Man in the High Castle will reach its long arm far beyond North America.
"There are glimpses of what's going on with the rest of the planet in the first season," Spotnitz said, revealing something of his plans for Season 2. "There are so many issues to explore and it is science fiction so the reason to tell the story is to reflect back on the world we live in right now."
It will be interesting to see what's going on in the rest of the world in The Man in the High Castle's alternative view of history, but not at the cost of losing touch with the characters we're just starting to know. Maybe Mr. Spotnitz will send Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos) or Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) on an international mission?
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