Brian Skulnik has prepared this TV pilot review because it complemented the themes of his book review on Anthony Doerr's All the Light We Cannot See, which can be viewed here. He feels that this television pilot provides a similar take on WWII that is both historical and insightful.
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if we lost World War II? Recently the pilot episode of The Man in the High Castle aired on Amazon Instant Video. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, The Man in the High Castle takes a look at an alternate 1960s America split into the Great Nazi Reich (east coast/middle America) and the Japanese Pacific States (west coast). But as rumors swirl about the aging Hitler’s declining health, tensions rise between the German and Japanese powers. Joe Blake and Juliana Crane, two young Americans who have never known a free country, find themselves suddenly tangled up in the small yet determined resistance force. When Juliana gets her hands film reel depicting the Allies actually winning the war, it becomes clear that this world isn’t exactly what it seems. Tension runs high in this exciting and well-paced drama series. They’ve managed to revamp the story for a modern audience, while keeping true to the spirit of the original novel, and I can’t wait for more. As of now the pilot is available for free on Amazon, and the show was recently picked up for a full series by Amazon. Though given the excellent premiere and positive critical reception, it seems it will only be a matter of time until we get the rest. Otherwise, there is always the book.