Tuesday, January 10, 2017

What I’m Watching: The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle: Season 2, Episode 4 “Escalation” (B)

Things have certainly intensified when it comes to Frank and his involvement with the resistance, going from someone not at all interested in having his life and those of the people he cares about adversely affected by his activities to someone who is now fully invested and actively causing problems for the Japanese. Seeing innocent people killed is definitely what triggered him, and though he doesn’t seem to think it’s a good idea, Ed doesn’t resist too much and is now helping his best bud in both that and his other illegal enterprise of antique forgery with their unamused partner Robert. We’re seeing a civil war of sorts play out between Inspector Kido and General Onada, and some unexpected tricks played during the battle. Tagomi is continuing to try to figure out how he can stop this world from continuing on its course and get back to somewhere better, and thus far he’s not having too much permanent luck. As Joe tries to leave Berlin but finds something keeping him there, Juliana is busy back in New York trying to find clues. She’s apparently a natural for the Reich’s form of the ACT (very different from the standardized test I took to help me get into college), and she even has time to track down George Dixon, who found her pretty quickly. As usual, it’s the drama related to John that feels most poignant and stirring, as he tried not to let his wife know what was going on and then saw even more fear in her eyes when she learned the truth about her son.

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