Amazon has released the pilot for their series translation of Philip K Dick's novel Man In The High Castle, set in an alternate universe where Germany and Japan won World War II. We were nervous at first, but so far, it looks great.
OK, the clips below are a little out of context and some of them are in crappy quality. But I'm currently watching the pilot over at Amazon Prime and I'm loving it. The sets are drop-dead gorgeous. Expect a full, detailed review in the AM, but for now check out the clips (if you don't have Prime) and let me know what you think.
Careful, there are a few spoilers in these clips!
Here's the official synopsis for those of you not familiar with the plot.
Based on Philip K. Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history novel, one-hour drama pilot THE MAN IN THE HIGHCASTLE explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II, debuting January 15, 2015 on Amazon Prime Instant Video in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Some 17 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the dominating global powers. As tension mounts between the two hegemonic states, a resistance builds as the United States citizens rise against the oppressive regimes.
While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a "neutral zone" — and ground zero for a rebellion, led by a mysterious figure known only as "the Man in the High Castle." As people struggle with freedom, fear, equality, diversity and ideology, some accept their lives, but others question the authenticity of their history and the government's information. Among them are heroes, leaders, spies, pacifists, tyrants, rebels, enablers and sympathizers.
The Man in the High Castle is currently available right now, on Amazon Prime.