Thursday, January 3, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Man in the High Castle (Season Finale)

The Man in the High Castle: Season 3, Episode 10 “Jahr Null” (B)

I feel like this most recent season has felt especially long, elapsing over the course of two and a half months for me, which is about the same amount of time a ten-episode season airing on standard television would last. Once again, I don’t feel that the time I’ve invested has been worth it, and it’s hard to know what’s going to happen next given some of the events we saw at the very end. I’ve been waiting for Smith to soften and turn at some point, and somehow, it hasn’t happened yet. Hawthorne had the perfect opportunity to spell out for him that he could be reunited with his son in another world, but instead he toed the party line and even went in to shoot Juliana as she about to travel, striking her just as she disappeared so that she’s likely going to perish wherever she’s managed to arrive. What was clear is that Wyatt is a good ally, one who’s going to carry on the cause by hopefully exposing the films to the masses, a likely far more effective strategy than the subtle image messaging that Robert assisted Ed with in this hour. He also sent Himmler to the hospital, theoretically elevating Smith even closer to being in charge of the Reich, though not before he made clear that no “perversion” of any sort will be tolerated in his regime, sending Nicole back to Berlin for reeducation. I feel like, this far in, I’m not going to give up on this show, but I do hope season four is stronger.

Season grade: B-
Season MVP: Jason O’Mara as Wyatt

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