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Old January 16 2015, 02:33 AM   #1
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The Man in the High Castle

I didn't see a thread for it so I started this one.

Amazon debuted 13 pilots today for free, one of them being an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle. I just finished watching it and I have to say it's off to a very good start.

I'm not one to start a thread so if anyone else wants to pick this up, feel free...
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Old January 16 2015, 02:51 AM   #2
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I thought it was ok. I found the Nazis were poorly thought out and all over the place. Brown shirts, black uniforms, grey uniforms did they just pull costumes off the rack willy nilly? Also found the music to be a less than outstanding. But the story was good enough that I would watch if it went to series.
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Old January 16 2015, 06:32 AM   #3
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Re: The Man in the High Castle

TMITHC is my favorite PKD novel.
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Old January 16 2015, 02:17 PM   #4
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I love the novel and I really, really want to watch this, but because I'm living in Belgium right now, Amazon has blocked my access.
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Old January 16 2015, 02:41 PM   #5
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I thought it was excellent. Very well done. I haven't read the novel, I care nothing about the correct uniforms for the Nazi soldiers or the music (c'mon, it's a TV show, not a feature film)...all I want is to be engrossed in and entertained by a story. And I was by this. And I was completely taken in by the premise. Completely.

I hope this gets picked up by Amazon, because I want to see more of this alternate world. I'll also read the book because of it. So all in all, great job Amazon for giving compelling stuff a shot that would otherwise be a neutered 3 part miniseries on SyFy.
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Old January 16 2015, 04:32 PM   #6
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I enjoyed it, and I'd definitely like to see more. The acting and dialogue was kind of wooden, but the premise and the world of the story remains fascinating. It's been a long time since I read the book, but they seemed to touch on the major themes and references while obviously reinterpreting some things to fit a TV show, but in a good way. The production design is well handled and I loved the opening credits. Hopefully this gets picked up by Amazon.
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Old January 16 2015, 07:29 PM   #7
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The critical reviews for this show have been really good so I think that bodes well for a pick-up. Apparently viewer response has been great so far.

One of the changes I think was very smart is changing The Grasshopper Lies Heavy from a book to a film. Works much better for a visual medium.
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Old January 16 2015, 08:56 PM   #8
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Very excited about this project. I just saw the promo on facebook yesterday and ill be watching it later!

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Old January 17 2015, 05:26 AM   #9
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It was pretty good. So this was being developed for Syfy at some point right? And they went with garbage like Ascension?

Maybe I shouldn't completely trash Syfy until after I watch the 12 Monkeys premiere a little later. I have high hopes for that.
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Old January 17 2015, 06:59 PM   #10
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So out of the 13 pilots how many will be continued?
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Old January 17 2015, 07:00 PM   #11
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The title sequence is getting some notice:

http://io9.com/man-in-the-high-castl...ium=socialflow
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Old January 17 2015, 07:46 PM   #12
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I found the title sequence dull, flat and unmoving. The choice of song also bothered me as it probably would not have been written in the alternate timeline of the show. I felt it just started the show on a slow and uninteresting note.
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Old January 18 2015, 10:53 AM   #13
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So based on my immense enjoyment of the pilot, I got the book on Kindle. I've never read a PKD book before. And, well...this might be hard going. He uses comma splicing and sentence fragments. A lot. These work in moderation, but using them too much disturbs the flow of the writing IMO.

Frank Herbert wrote somewhat the same way, and that was part of the reason I only made it halfway through the "Dune" books.

I'll try my best to ignore it and enjoy this book. Hopefully it's not constantly distracting.
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Old January 18 2015, 11:05 AM   #14
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I found the title sequence dull, flat and unmoving. The choice of song also bothered me as it probably would not have been written in the alternate timeline of the show. I felt it just started the show on a slow and uninteresting note.
So you don't like the music, you think the Nazi uniforms are inconsistent (even though it makes sense that different jobs or ranks/positions would require different uniforms, and maybe things have evolved since it's 1962 and not 1942?), and now the title sequence bothers you too?

Jeez, just fast-forward past the title sequence if there are more episodes. Or don't watch the thing.
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Old January 18 2015, 11:58 AM   #15
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You're at a party and you complain to your friends about the fat girl who you know you're going to sneak off with as soon as you're drunk enough, so that your friends won't suspect that you're into her for real and mock you for low standards, and more so that if you're caught underneath her, you have already laid the foundations to argue that it was a one time thing you're doing for science.

(I should be describing a social sequence that happened in the early 1950s, but I'm probably not.)

Outward expressions of hate is often camouflage for internal fires of desires that are not appreciated/recognized by your immediate social group.

(If I was ever actually talking about real people, I still hope it's people from the 1950s.)

Self loathing and denial, nothing more, nothing less.
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