The Man In the High Castle

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Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).
Starring
Alexa DavalosRupert EvansLuke Kleintank
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SuspenseDrama
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EnglishEnglish [CC]العربيةČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEspañol (Latinoamérica)Español (España)SuomiFilipinoFrançaisहिन्दीMagyarIndonesiaItaliano日本語한국어Bahasa MelayuNorsk BokmålNederlandsPolskiPortuguês (Brasil)Português (Portugal)RomânăРусскийSvenskaதமிழ்తెలుగుไทยTürkçe中文(简体)中文(繁體)
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]DeutschEspañol (España)Español (Latinoamérica)FrançaisItalianoMagyarPolskiPortuguêsČeština日本語
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  1. 1. The New World
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    January 15, 2015
    1h
    18+
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    English, English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    It's 1962, America has lost WWII; the east is the Greater Nazi Reich and the west, the Japanese Pacific States. Amidst this oppression there is new hope - films that seem to show a different world. When her sister gives her a film and is then murdered, a woman comes to believe the films hold the key to freedom and becomes obsessed with finding their mysterious guardian, The Man in the High Castle.
  2. 2. Sunrise
    October 24, 2015
    60min
    16+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Frank’s fate hangs in the balance as he is held captive by the Kempeitai. Meanwhile, Juliana makes contact with a mysterious man who gives her a clue about the films, and Obergruppenführer Smith is surprised by an unfortunate turn of events.
  3. 3. The Illustrated Woman
    November 19, 2015
    57min
    16+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Joe and Juliana must act quickly as a vicious bounty hunter known as The Marshal arrives in Canon City. Tagomi makes plans with Wegener to pass valuable secrets from the Reich, and Frank plots his revenge against the Japanese.
  4. 4. Revelations
    November 19, 2015
    53min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Joe is increasingly torn between duty and his growing feelings for Juliana. While Ed tries to stop Frank from making an irrevocable decision, Smith’s investigation is interrupted when he has trouble with his witness, and Tagomi’s plan goes awry as events take a Dramatic turn at the Crown Prince’s speech.
  5. 5. The New Normal
    November 19, 2015
    50min
    18+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Juliana returns home, only to discover new clues that lead her closer to unravelling the mystery behind the films. Meanwhile, Joe faces a tough debriefing upon his return home. Kido begins his investigation into the events surrounding the Crown Prince’s Speech, while Tagomi and Wegener make a last-ditch attempt to complete their mission.
  6. 6. Three Monkeys
    November 19, 2015
    55min
    18+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Joe celebrates VA day at Smith’s house. Juliana accepts a job working for Tagomi as she continues her search for answers. Smith invites an old friend to join the celebrations with surprising results.
  7. 7. Truth
    November 19, 2015
    55min
    18+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Juliana makes a startling discovery about her sister’s death. Frank reflects on recent events and makes an important decision about his future, and Tagomi gains greater insight into Juliana’s past.
  8. 8. End of the World
    November 19, 2015
    54min
    18+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    Juliana and Frank make plans to escape the Pacific States, only to be dragged back into danger by Joe as he tries to retrieve a new film. Meanwhile, Smith's loyalty is put to the ultimate test when confronted with a startling family discovery.
  9. 9. Kindness
    November 19, 2015
    49min
    18+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    With time running out, a desperate Frank is forced to put his life on the line to help Joe. The pieces finally fall into place for Smith as he uncovers who was behind the assassination attempt. Tagomi is devastated when he’s confronted with the consequences of his scheming, and Kido’s investigation takes a Dramatic turn when he makes an important discovery.
  10. 10. A Way Out
    November 19, 2015
    60min
    16+
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    English [CC], العربية, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Suomi, Filipino, Français, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], Deutsch, Español (España), Español (Latinoamérica), Français, Italiano, Magyar, Polski, Português, Čeština, 日本語
    As revelations abound, Juliana is forced to make the hardest decision of her life. Wegener returns to Germany to carry out his mission. Smith risks becoming the prey as he goes hunting with his assassin, and Kido desperately tries to close his investigation before his time runs out.

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  1. Bonus: The Man in the High Castle - Official Trailer
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    September 25, 2015
    2min
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    What If America lost World War 2? Catch a glimpse of America in the Amazon Original Series The Man in the High Castle, premiering November 20th.

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Directors
David SemelDaniel PercivalKen OlinMichael RymerBryan SpicerNelson MccormickBrad AndersonKaryn KusamaMichael Slovis
Supporting actors
DJ QuallsJoel De La FuenteCary Hiroyuki-TagawaRufus Sewell
Producers
Ridley ScottDavid W. ZuckerFrank SpotnitzIsa Dick HackettChristopher TricaricoStewart MackinnonChrtistian BauteJace RichdaleRichard HeusDan PercivalJordan SheehanKalen EganErin Smith
Season year
2015
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Amazon Studios
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4.5 out of 5 stars

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Capt. BaylorReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsIt is impossible to overstate the quality of this series.
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I have Amazon Prime, so we get Amazon TV. This series made it worthwhile. Fascinating concept--The japanese and Germans won WWII in an alternate universe. It's 1962 in America. Mig 21s fly overhead, and the Concorde flys Nazi bigwigs from Europe to New York in 2 hours. The subtle point, probably lost on most of the audience, is that Russian Migs and the British Concorde were designed by German scientists. In this universe they would be German. The villains are, on the west coast, Japanese Kempeitai, and on the east coast, the SS. They act like they were portrayed in WWII movies, down to round glasses on the Kempeitai official. The protagonists are people who reluctantly find themselves helping the resistance after terrible things happen to relatives and friends. Jews are still being incinerated in this world.
The details, down to things that few people would know, so far have been virtually perfect. The scenes of the drab and scary life in occupied America are depressing. The clothes and hairstyles have the look of movies of the war era. There's a Veronica Lake hairstyle. Actors were chosen who look like WWII newsreel crowds down to bone structure.The performances match the quality of the program. Characters evolve and change through the story very realistically.
The dialog is sparse and understated. The suspense is constant and sometimes explosive. Each episode ends in a manner to make you want to watch the next one NOW.

If you're young and a victim of Common Core and the public education system, the Nazis and the Kempeitai were real and as evil as portrayed in this. The name of real monsters such as Heydrich are dropped casually describing the things they would have done if they had gotten "The bomb" first and destroyed Washington D.C. Historical events are changed subtly as they would have if the Axis Powers had won WWII.

I can't overstate the overall quality of this show. It's Game of Thrones level without the dragons. But it doesn't need dragons.
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Doug BowkerReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsIncredible Detail in a Thought-Provoking Series.
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You probably have already heard the basic buzz around this show but the premise is this: That WWI was won by the Axis powers when the Germans developed the Atom bomb first, dropping it on Washington DC, which naturally obliterated all central government along with most of the military structure. Of course, most the armed command WAS in fact in Europe (England) at the time, and it begs the question of whether Ike and Gen. Patton would just fold up. Probably, if it were made clear that NYC and a few other big cities were next if we didn't surrender. The US is then divided up basically as everything west of the Rockies is Japanese, and everything East is German. There is some resistance still happening, but it definitely underground, and not active in large scale. One can rightly assume that any energetic or talented military units in Europe at the time were neutralized one way or the other.

In any case, regardless of whether or not any such thing WOULD have been feasible, that is the premise and it certainly doesn't seem impossible when one looks at the ups and downs of history. What makes it so great is that the Production values of the series is way up there with the very best period piece cinema I've ever seen. The amount of detail has clearly been thought out to the nth degree, which seeing how as Ridley Scott is the executive producer, this is not surprising. Amazon must have spent an insane amount of money even in terms of location scouting to bring this thing to life.

The viewer is dropped right into the action immediately in the first episode, and they do not spoon feed you all the Hows, Whats and Whys of the storyline. There is a mystery that is revealed early on and it motivates all the central characters, both the reluctant heroes, the on-the-fence people just trying to get by, and the dedicated villains too. Speaking of which, the series wisely does not allow the "bad guys" to devolve into mere caricatures, though on occasion the line is pushed. The show also do not go too heavy-handed with Japanese/Nazi iconography. No question that things are fundamentally different in this reality, and the cultural aspects of the two countries on their American territories play out in ways both large and also subtle. However, many aspects are probably not much different than being a conservative 1950s, though it's also clear that the US doesn't quite have the booming economy it did in history

They have a great cast throughout, most importantly with Alexa Davalos as Juliana Crain, who is probably the most sympathetic of all the various personalities. But really, the whole cast gets some very meaty roles to work with and all come through. This especially is the case with some of the well-known Japanese actors (like Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) brought in to fill out some of the key roles of the Pacific States.

Future Seasons have plenty to work with and I for one can't wait to see them. Unaddressed areas that seem oddly absent are: Britain's role in the world, nor USSR or China's, both the arch enemies of Japan and Germany. One assumes that maybe once the A-Bomb was used on DC, London and Moscow were probably next in very short order. Still, I am hoping that some expansion of the world is dealt with over time.
135 people found this helpful
AdamReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsBest made series I've watched
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I'm not exaggerating my headline. This series is absolutely outstanding and one I could not stop binge watching.

Instead of reviewing the series I'll talk a bit about my series show preferences. I am a long time walking dead fan, breaking bad, grey anatomy, Vikings, the 100, defiance, American horror story, and the list goes on. I don't prefer one genre or time setting or plot over the other; I simply enjoy well made series. I don't even take a particular interest in post apoctoliptic plots, historical twist, love drama, midevil, or the countless others; as long as the acting is excellent and plot is captivating.

This series is one of the greats!
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Robert M. FellsReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2015
2.0 out of 5 starsGood Acting, Photography, but Missing Logic
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First a disclaimer: I have not read the Phillip K. Dick novel so this review is based solely on the ten-episode Season One of HIGH CASTLE. What I liked: beautiful photography though the early episodes stressed a dark mood where even in daylight there was little sun. The acting was the strongest point and I was surprised to learn that some of the "American" actors are in fact British. Some complained that the pacing was boring but I disagree. The pacing was deliberate and a relief from the technique where the editing requires a change of shot every five seconds. This frantic editing suggests to me that the filmmakers believe the viewers have an attention spam of a five year-old so if they don't keep things hopping constantly they will lose their audience. So my wife and I watched all ten episodes mainly thanks to these qualities.

Now what I disliked: though the novel may clarify some story points, a film adaptation should stand on its own without the need for viewers to reference the novel to find out what's going on. I can accept the premise of the Axis Powers winning WWII for storytelling purpose, but we are left on our own to figure out how. In passing we hear that the atomic bomb was dropped on Washington, D.C. and that FDR was assassinated. I am willing to "suspend my disbelief" in the cause of fiction but the Germans were never at a point where such things were even on the drawing boards. It is well established that Hitler had no trans-oceanic ambitions, i.e., invading America, during his lifetime. But OK, I will happily suspend my disbelief for entertainment's sake. All I ask is that the tale proceed logically. It is this failure in logical storytelling that is HIGH CASTLE's biggest failure and the reason why I give it two stars.

When an author needs to get his characters from one situation into another but doesn't know how to make this transition logically, he cheats. In other words, he just does it and leaves it to the reader or viewer to figure out how it happened. Without giving away any story points, I will just say that HIGH CASTLE has several such "cheats" and none worse than in the final scenes of episode 10. We see what happens but we don't know how or why it happens. Come on producers, you want us to watch and to suspend our disbelief. OK, fair enough. But don't insult your viewers by cheating in your storytelling because you can't figure out how to transition your characters to where you need them to be. I hesitate to spen dtime watching Season Two, if there is a Season Two.
46 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2015
3.0 out of 5 starsMeh
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I had honestly hoped for more from this show, and was close to packing it in when it improved dramatically over the last three or four episodes. Clearly the plot is a proven one, The Man in the High Castle is one of Phillip Dick's most well-loved works. So I'm at a loss to explain exactly why the TV show was something of a disappointment in spite of its pedigree.

Some of the blame certainly rests on characters who aren't particularly well written. While I get that it's difficult to know who to trust in this society, most of them seem to fall over every opportunity and none of them seem able to explain why they do what they do. Interactions seem manufactured instead of organic which makes relationships difficult to invest in.

Alas, as is the case with a lot of television today, the younger actors don't seem up to the significant task of selling their characters. Alexa Davalos appears to have two expressions, surprise and unhappiness, the latter of which is the fall back expression for everything. I don't think I've ever seen a character look more consistently miserable than Juliana. The others are a bit better, but only a bit. In general, the older actors do better, which is to be expected. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Carsten Norgaard, and Rufus Sewell, are the stand-outs in my opinion. On the other hand, Burn Gorman is a dreadful caricature of a bad guy, just painfully awful.

I think it's probably telling that I was disappointed that there would be a second season. I was willing to see the story through when I thought it would be ten episodes. Now, I'm just not sure. Still, as I indicated, it did improve toward the end of the season so perhaps season two will be a little bit less turgid.
37 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2016
2.0 out of 5 starsthis was a big disappointment that went nowhere (warning! Potential spoilers!)
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I really wanted to like this, and if I'd known the source material, maybe I would have liked it, or at least better, but now we'll never know.

Five episodes in and so far it makes no sense. If it is urgent that Frank show up for his factory job at the totalitarian world, why is his friend able to cover for him with no reprisals? Doesn’t exactly help us believe in the high stakes of retribution/world closing in on him.

Why would you have so relative little action between the Japanese and German overlord characters? Isn't this setup a prime conflict ground?

Frank’s friend says it is “urgent” that Juliana get back to town – in 1962, mind; what does he want her to do - hope aboard a space satellite at Cape Carnaveral? Juliana is traveling somewhere in the wilds of small town open Americana, on the slow bus, and kicked off the bus in the middle of nowhere by Japanese soldiers – 2 minutes later she is arriving in her home town, no explanation as to how (unless I fell asleep and missed an episode – I really don’t think I did), and the gaping prior bullet wound Frank had 2 minutes ago, is mysteriously 100% healed?

This is ridiculous. Don’t waste your time.
22 people found this helpful
D. LoweReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2017
2.0 out of 5 starsFire the sound guy
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First Fortitude, now this show. You guys need to either fire the sound guy, revoke his access to volume control (100% only) or buy him hearing aids.

I have to turn this show up to 70% to hear spoken word. God forbid there's a loud moment or I'll end up as deaf as the sound guy.
20 people found this helpful
rm98119Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2017
2.0 out of 5 starsmost of the main characters and their motivations are pretty weak or just plain silly
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most of the main characters and their motivations are pretty weak or just plain silly. Many of them really poorly acted. Only a few really drew me in. The plot development is also pretty loose and quite often, situations the characters find themselves in (and their reactions to it) are just plain preposterous or idiotic. Lots of plot devices which play the audience for fools.

Even the story itself... I was occasionally drawn in by the mystery of it, but by the end I was starting to ask myself, "now why do I care again?"

Gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because the cinematography and effects were actually pretty well done. But I doubt I'll make much effort to watch the 2nd season.
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