Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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

The Man in the High Castle: Season 3, Episode 6 “History Ends” (B)

Everything is converging, but that means more than one larger extended plotline is that allegiances are shifting. Kido was more than ready to get the prostitute to identify Juliana as a woman out of place that she saw right before Joe died, but after he went to Tagomi, the trade minister called him when he received a mysterious package with Nazi files on him. The two empires have been fragile allies for a long time, and now things are beginning to fall apart, especially as John, not Himmler, got the call about Joe being killed. Ed and Bobby’s bad fortune being taken for everything they had ended up putting them right back in contact with Mark, who was very happy to tell Ed that his good friend Frank was still alive. Interspersing the Nazi parade honoring John with Frank having his Bar Mitzvah in secret was both a powerful and disturbing notion, one that shows that the resistance is still alive even as Himmler and the Nazi party prepare to rewrite history and erase what came before. Juliana is in good company with Wyatt, who can tell that she has become a more unhinged person willing to do whatever it takes to survive. It’s hard to imagine that John could think about his future when he literally saw a woman disappear in front of his eyes to travel to another world, a signal that his reign may be far from permanent if the world he knows isn’t the only one out there.

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