So, The Man In The High Castle is set in an America that lost WW2. In the pilot, our main characters learn that there are two films that apparently show an America that WON the war, made by The Man In The High Castle.
And immediately the questions raised for the audience and the leads are: Who is the Man In The High Castle? How did the films come to be made? Is it the work of special effects? Is there a way to go into that (our) world in which America won the war?
Nicely done pilot.
And then for the remainder of the season, no one wonders any of these things! WTF?!
The promise made in the pilot is that this show will follow the protagonists as they try to learn who the Man In The High Castle is and the antagonists (the Japs and the Nazis) try to stop them, presumably to somehow stop the “America winning” version of history from becoming a reality or at least to stop the films from being used as propaganda. But instead, what follows is muddled and pointless.
By episode 9, no one is even a half step closer to finding the answers to the questions raised in the pilot. A lot of people seem to want to get these films, but we don’t know why. Literally 75% of the series has nothing to do with the films.
Finally in the last two minutes of episode 9, we see a portion of a film. It appears to show the future and one of the supporting characters dying. And again the dramatic questions are raised.
And then more questions are raised in the final episode, but not by the protagonists because they are not privy to the same information as the audience is. They remain exactly where they were after the pilot, not an inch closer to finding the truth.
The show is a striking misfire and a dreadful bore. Shocking really.
Rufus Sewell, the main Nazi, could very well be the best actor on the little screen though.