Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
July 21, 2018, 08:34:28 AM

Login with username, password and session length

Search:     Advanced search
Donate! | Shop: Amazon
*
Home Help Search Login Register
f13.net  |  f13.net General Forums  |  General Discussion  |  TV  |  Topic: The Man in the High Castle (an Amazon original title) 0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: The Man in the High Castle (an Amazon original title)  (Read 3335 times)
satael
Terracotta Army
Posts: 2348


on: November 27, 2015, 02:26:32 AM

A glimpse into an alternate history of North America and what life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war (based on Philip K Dick's book)

So this (or rather the first season of 10 episodes) is now available and while it was entertaining it was rather far from the themes and the feel of the book and felt a bit forced in its length at times (which is made apparent by the fact that the story wasn't finished in one season despite the book being a bit over 200 pages long).

and compared to book
« Last Edit: December 19, 2015, 01:50:32 AM by satael »
Xanthippe
Terracotta Army
Posts: 4775


Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 03:18:14 PM

I'm about 5 episodes in, but am enjoying this. The production is very well done, the story is compelling, the acting is decent. (The chick reminds me somewhat of a young Lauren Bacall.)

I read the book about 35 years ago for a university Sci Fi class, and honestly don't remember a whole lot about it, other than the main theme, the main characters' names, and odd bits. (The other books for that class were "A Canticle for Leibowitz," "Behold the Man," and something else - maybe "Ringworld"?).
Surlyboi
Terracotta Army
Posts: 9486

eat a bag of dicks


Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 06:33:09 PM

Damn, you're dead on with the Bacall resemblance. I've thought the actress was ridiculously hot since her days as Gwen Raiden in Angel, but I could never put my finger on why. You just nailed it.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
Soln
Terracotta Army
Posts: 4591

the opportunity for evil is just delicious


Reply #3 on: November 29, 2015, 08:15:03 PM

I'm confused by the first episode and only got that far.
Johny Cee
Terracotta Army
Posts: 3362


Reply #4 on: November 29, 2015, 08:39:01 PM

Damn, you're dead on with the Bacall resemblance. I've thought the actress was ridiculously hot since her days as Gwen Raiden in Angel, but I could never put my finger on why. You just nailed it.

Ohhh Gwen Raiden!  Also, she was Jack in Chronicles of Riddick.
satael
Terracotta Army
Posts: 2348


Reply #5 on: November 30, 2015, 02:18:46 AM

I'm confused by the first episode and only got that far.
satael
Terracotta Army
Posts: 2348


Reply #6 on: December 19, 2015, 01:52:54 AM

The series has been renewed for season 2. I am somewhat interested to see how they are going to finish the story since it's going to differ from the book quite a bit judging by the things they changed in season 1 (though I fear they'll find a way to stretch out the story even further in hopes of additional seasons).
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #7 on: January 04, 2016, 11:45:51 PM

Just binged this over the last week. Really liked it, especially the last two episodes.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
Signe
Terracotta Army
Posts: 18890

Muse.


Reply #8 on: January 05, 2016, 10:04:00 AM

I watched the first episode and I really liked it so I watched most of the second episode (cat drama cut it a little short) and didn't like it anywhere near as much.  It got a bit boring. I really enjoy alternative history stuff and I'm hoping this gets better again.

My Sig Image: hath rid itself of this mortal coil.
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #9 on: January 05, 2016, 07:45:37 PM

Definitely some slow spots but it picks up.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
apocrypha
Terracotta Army
Posts: 6710

Planes? Shit, I'm terrified to get in my car now!


Reply #10 on: January 06, 2016, 03:41:44 AM

Wife and I are at about episode 7 at the moment and the last 3 episodes have been Suddenly! Nothing happens! Needs to pick up a lot, the comments here about the last two episodes being better give me hope.

"Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to socialism or regression into barbarism" - Rosa Luxemburg, 1915.
Ard
Terracotta Army
Posts: 1833


Reply #11 on: January 06, 2016, 11:58:12 AM

I personally don't feel like anything really picked up speed or went anywhere in the last two episodes.  It really felt like a whole lot of nothing happened, and nothing really got resolved plotwise, it just meandered on.  It felt like a mid season break at best.  I honestly don't think I'm going to keep watching this at all.
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #12 on: December 21, 2016, 11:39:57 PM

This is back for anyone who cares. I'm 3 episodes in and liking it.  Rufus Sewell and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa are killing it as usual.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
satael
Terracotta Army
Posts: 2348


Reply #13 on: December 22, 2016, 12:21:09 AM

Binged it. My biggest gripe is that it really is more "inspired by PKD's book" rather than "based on" since I was hoping to see the book turned into a movie but otherwise the second season was enjoyable.
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #14 on: December 22, 2016, 01:31:29 AM

Didn't read it so enjoying it on its own terms.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
TheWalrus
Terracotta Army
Posts: 3533


Reply #15 on: December 22, 2016, 05:18:12 PM

Going to wait for the LARP on Jan 20. See how I like it.

Paelos: Somebody find that post where I declared Seattle dead, because those fuckers are NFL cockroaches in the NFC.
Surlyboi
Terracotta Army
Posts: 9486

eat a bag of dicks


Reply #16 on: December 22, 2016, 11:18:22 PM

Obergröpenführer may tweet bitchily about that statement.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #17 on: December 23, 2016, 12:06:12 AM

Obergröpenführer

This is my new favorite thing. If you came up with it, you are a genius.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
Brolan
Terracotta Army
Posts: 927


Reply #18 on: January 04, 2017, 08:40:09 PM

Ok, finished the second season.  I have to say I liked the second season better than the first.  Some questions got answered and some intriguing things happened.
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #19 on: January 04, 2017, 08:52:33 PM

Ya, good overall. They renewed it for a third season and brought in Eric Overmeyer (The Wire, The Affair) as the new show runner.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
Surlyboi
Terracotta Army
Posts: 9486

eat a bag of dicks


Reply #20 on: January 04, 2017, 10:34:40 PM

Obergröpenführer

This is my new favorite thing. If you came up with it, you are a genius.

I can only take partial credit. I'm pretty sure Haemish came up with "gröpenführer", I just added the "Ober" to fit the Man in the High Castle narrative.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #21 on: January 04, 2017, 10:46:13 PM

Good group effort then.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
Bunk
Contributor
Posts: 5733

Operating Thetan One


Reply #22 on: January 05, 2017, 11:57:17 AM

Ya, good overall. They renewed it for a third season and brought in Eric Overmeyer (The Wire, The Affair) as the new show runner.

Good to hear. I binged Season 2 over the holidays and loved it.

"Welcome to the internet, pussy." - VDL
"I have retard strength." - Schild
HaemishM
Staff Emeritus
Posts: 39160

Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and other troops you control.


WWW
Reply #23 on: January 05, 2017, 01:47:08 PM

I'd love to take credit for Gropenfurher, but I don't think that was me. It was a work of absolute genius, though.

Reg
Terracotta Army
Posts: 4689


Reply #24 on: January 05, 2017, 02:17:27 PM

The first time I saw the term used was in a Doonebury strip years ago about Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was the Governor of California. Trudeau has brought it back as ubergropenfuhrer recently in reference to Donald Trump.
grebo
Terracotta Army
Posts: 600


Reply #25 on: January 07, 2017, 02:04:26 PM

I just started season 2 but am losing hope.  Do they ever stop with the sweet valley high teen drama crap?

Also, doesn't this show just feel small?  It's about a country but you never get a sense that anything at all is happening off screen.  It's a larp.  The characters and acting really don't help dispel that feeling.

Why don't you try our other games?
Abagadro
Terracotta Army
Posts: 11560

Possibly the only user with more posts in the Den than PC/Console Gaming.


Reply #26 on: January 07, 2017, 04:02:50 PM

Stick with it, season 2 picks up pretty significantly at ep 5 or so.

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

-H.L. Mencken
Tale
Terracotta Army
Posts: 7189

sıɥʇ ǝʞıן sʞןɐʇ


Reply #27 on: January 14, 2018, 08:46:01 PM

I just watched both series of this and enjoyed them. I'd watch more.

The depressing gloom of it all got to me a little, but the acting and unpredictability kept me going and I liked where it got to.
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
f13.net  |  f13.net General Forums  |  General Discussion  |  TV  |  Topic: The Man in the High Castle (an Amazon original title)  
Jump to:  

Powered by SMF 1.1.10 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC