Sunday, October 21, 2018

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

The Man in the High Castle: Season 3, Episode 2 “Imagine Manchuria” (B)

I still can’t understand how it works for characters like Trudy and Tagomi to travel between different worlds, and I’ve always thought that this would be a stronger show if it dealt only with one alternate reality rather than those within it trying to escape back to what we know to be the world. What we’re seeing now is that world closing in on itself, with Kido recognizing Trudy as someone that he had killed who couldn’t possibly be who she was but who was nonetheless right in front of him. Tagomi also stepped in to save Juliana and Trudy from certain death, and now he’s going to be tied to them as things get more intense between the Nazi and Japanese regimes, with Smith’s phone call to Kido to warn him to be on the lookout for Juliana met with understandable dishonesty from the perplexed Kido. As usual, things within the Nazi regime are unstable as well, with Hoover and other sources getting ready to move on Smith, and Helen’s meeting with the late doctor’s wife going horribly awry. I’m not sure what to make of the appearance of Michael Gaston’s secretly-practicing Jew Mark, and our first check-in with Ed and Robert, who are making their way through the neutral zone. We’re just two episodes into a ten-episode run of a show that several months ago was commissioned for a fourth season, meaning that there’s a whole lot of ground to be covered soon, and I’m really not sure what’s going to come next and where it will end up eventually.

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