Monday, December 17, 2018

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

The Man in the High Castle: Season 3, Episode 8 “Kasumi” (B)

I remember watching early episodes of “Mad Men” where Betty’s therapist would speak directly to Don about their sessions, a clear violation of doctor-patient confidentiality in a chauvinistic age. It’s much more troubling here when the Nazis rule over America, though I was surprised that Dr. Ryan told John pretty much everything, including the fact that, after the dreams we saw her having, Helen kissed him. John is more worried about his family’s own safety in the Reich right now, which is understandable given that Helen is a huge liability who I don’t think will survive the remaining two episodes of the season. Nicole was able to get away with no problem after the lesbian club got raided by flashing her Nazi ID, but Thelma wasn’t so lucky, and it’s incredible that such indulgences are permitted in such a totalitarian society for those in power. All of Sabra watching the film didn’t go over as anyone hoped, with only one viewer and Ed realizing its value. This is not the first time that we’ve seen Wyatt and Juliana end up the last ones standing with a bunch of Nazis on the ground, and the originality factor has worn off slightly. Tagomi fended off an attack with his female friend in his home, which suggests that there are forces working against him, though Kido appears preoccupied with other things like giving Robert his life back after his help. Two episodes to go – will this show end this season on a worthwhile note?

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