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A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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 Joe Blake (30 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Juliana Crain (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Frank Frink (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Ed McCarthy (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Inspector Kido (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Nobusuke Tagomi (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Obergruppenführer John Smith (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Helen Smith (21 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Kotomichi (19 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Sergeant Yoshida / ... (18 episodes, 2015-2016)
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 Robert Childan (15 episodes, 2015-2017)
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 Thomas Smith (13 episodes, 2015-2016)
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What would it be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States? Written by Amazon Studios

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Freedom is under control (Season 1) See more »

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O Homem do Castelo Alto  »

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Scenes set in Canon City were filmed in the same town as Northern Exposure (1990): Roslyn, WA. See more »

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The series and its source material suggests that area of the United States left to minorities and other "undesirables" is a vast wasteland. In fact, the area shown on the maps in the series contains much of the most fertile land in the US, with Eastern Colorado and portions of Montana having excellent farmland. See more »

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Joe Blake: [noticing ashes falling like snowflakes] What is that?
Nazi Police Officer: Oh, that's the hospital.
Joe Blake: The hospital?
Nazi Police Officer: Yeah, Tuesdays, they burn cripples, the terminally ill. Drag on the state.
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During the opening credits, we can hear the sound of a reel projector whirring up to play speed. Film reels are central to the plot of the series. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: The Emmys (2016) See more »

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Symphony No. 5
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Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Intriguing Premise with Room for Growth
15 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What is ostensibly Amazon's attempt at developing its own 'House of Cards' provides an intriguing backdrop with a promising but somewhat- shaky implementation. The show, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, is one of five pilots that Amazon is promoting for a potential run at a full 2015 season.

Right from the start, the show stays close to its source material in both plot and setting. While following the book certainly has its merits, the script so far lacks in its portrayal of the characters' psychological intricacies— and in several cases comes across as heavy-handed. For example, in this episode we learn (and are reminded of) how evil the Nazis are through generic torture scenes and murder-- typical "bad guy" stuff. I don't recall the text depicting any accounts of Nazi violence to this extent, but rather their presence loomed on all characters due to the claustrophobic effects of their propaganda and fascist scheming.

The acting was competent but the script felt oddly-paced, in particular it seemed that not much thought had been given to the character Joe Blake (he did not exist in the book) as he didn't really convey any emotional or logical motivation for wanting to become a political dissident besides hoping to "do the right thing". That being said, the characters Nobusuke Tagomi and Juliana Crain were especially brought to life in this adaptation.

Based on the direction of the pilot, I fear that the show may attempt to play-up the "American resistance" theme which is irrelevant and antithetical to one of the major messages of the book. What was intended as a commentary on paranoid diplomacy in a totalitarian world could all too easily become a trite Star Wars- style action/adventure series. On the other hand, one cannot expect fully fleshed-out characters in the pilot episode so it will take some more time to fairly judge the writing quality.

I am cautiously optimistic about this show's future-- for a pilot it certainly succeeded in establishing an alluring setting, and I was not surprised to learn that Ridley Scott was involved as the set- design and ambiance was superb. Overall, I am excited to see if this will manage to thrive alongside both the classic novel and other contemporary political-drama TV shows.


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