“The entire first season of The Man In The High Castle will be released on Amazon Video on Friday 20 November”
The entire first season?! People – welcome to the future!
Not only are we able to watch a new US tv show at the same time as American viewers (unthinkable 20 years ago) but we can sit and binge-watch the entire first series in a day if we want to. Wow!
And the futuristic delivery of this show is kinda neat, as they say across the Atlantic, because this is sci-fi baby. The Man In The High Castle (Amazon) is based on the book of the same name by acclaimed sci-fi writer Philip K Dick (other interests include andriods, sheep and running around with blades). It’s a dystopian 1962 and the drama begins in occupied America – Germany and Japan have won WWII and divided the world between them. The man in the title is a mysterious figure (auteur in the tv show, author in the book) – his works are banned because he writes about a world in which the Allies were victorious. Alt-fiction inside alt-fiction – tricksy! This is exec-produced by Ridley Scott and the showrunner is Frank Spotnitz, of X-Files fame, which makes me very interested indeed.
Handily I’ve just finished reading the book (sometimes my life actually has a plan that works out) so it’ll be really interesting to see how it’s been adapted. It was very strange and mystical, the characters were only roughly sketched out and the ending was open-ended so this could make an excellent jumping-off point to mine some rich stories from this alien world. Dick always wanted to write a sequel, but couldn’t stand to do any more Nazi research. He’d had enough, which is fair enough. No one wants to turn into a Nazi geek obsessed with the History Channel. So even without seeing Series 1, I’m hopeful for Series 2.
Now, how do you stream Amazon via a Chromecast? The future is bright, but the technology is complicated!