This series is amazing! I was hooked from the first episode and for multiple reasons.
First, the premise is radically different from anything we would normally think about: Japan and Germany won World War II, with Japan occupying everything west of the Rocky Mountains, Germany occupying everything east of the Rocky Mountains, and the Rockies themselves being neutral territory, occupied by neither.
Second, the sets are phenomenal. In the very first episode, you find yourself believing that you are seeing 1960 California occupied by the Japanese and the difference in how things would appear is just so real and so believable. Every set all the way through the series is believable in ways that I can't even begin to describe. A lot of money, a lot of thought, and a lot of talent went into the development of the sets alone.
Third, the script is crisp, credible, and certified great. The cast for this series is perfectly selected, the series is well acted in accordance with the superior script, and everything matches perfectly with the well developed concept and the sets and scenery. You will believe that you are really experiencing what life would have been like under the occupancy of these two axis powers. There is also the expected resistance movement, which is fighting back against both powers, and, as you may imagine, the suspense in each episode dealing with the activities of the various characters fighting for the resistance, some unknowingly and some reluctantly, is real and palpable. Every episode will leave you with your mouth hanging open in shock, disbelief and the desire to see the next episode as soon as possible.
Fourth, and most important, there is a subtle mystery that one picks up on in the very first episode, a mystery that only grows as the series progresses. Occasionally, there are glimpses through the veil of the real character of the mystery, but it's illusory and constantly escaping the viewer. You will never know for sure the character of the mystery until the very last moment of the very last episode, and episode which, in my opinion, comes all too soon. The mystery adds so much to the overall complexity of the series, and it will constantly have you striving to figure out what it is. Far be it from me to act the spoiler. You'll have to see it for yourself.
I cannot recommend this series highly enough. I have to commend Amazon for obtaining the rights to the book, which is the basis for the series, for their investment in and faith in the project, and for bringing it to fruition with the best of talent at every level and in every department. This is a superior series in every way. Thank you, Amazon, for producing this remarkable, wonderful series. I can't wait for the next one.
All in all, this is absolutely the best mini-series I have seen in years and years. It's not in the category of a Game of Thrones or Outlander, given that it's only two seasons long, but it is in every other way superior. I would watch this series religiously, if it were 50 seasons long. It is just too interesting, too suspenseful,