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Spoilers ahead for folks who aren’t caught up with the first two seasons of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
In Season 3 of Amazon’s Emmy-winning drama series The Man in the High Castle, the story takes place in a world where oppressive governments brutally invade intimate aspects of their citizens’ personal lives, nuclear war is a looming threat, and torch-wielding Nazis march in the streets. The only thing separating the fantastic adaptation of Philip K. Dick‘s alternate history novel from our current reality is the fact that, in this tale, the Axis powers won World War II and people who can freely travel between alternate, parallel universes exist; everything else is a subtle and nuanced criticism of the pervasive evils of man against mankind, and a celebration of the hopeful optimism and rebellion that springs up from the most unexpected places.
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Viewers have plenty of choices of dystopian stories to choose from today, but The Man in the High Castle stands apart by focusing on hope and humanity rather than existential despair and shock value. Sure, awful things still happen, and brutal deaths and shocking reveals are a certainty this season, but they serve to illustrate the characters’ will to survive, to fight back, or even the lengths to which they’ll go to serve an ideal. What The Man in the High Castle does best in this regard is to develop characters on all sides of the central conflict who exist in gray areas of morality, with most of them sliding back and forth along the spectrum of morality as each difficult decision forces their hand. It’s a relatively slow-burn of a drama punctuated by a staccato of action and intrigue and spectacle, but with so many irons in the fire, Season 3 handles each and every plot point remarkably...
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