First Look at The Man In the High Castle Season Three


“The Nazis have no sense of humor, so why should they want television? Anyhow, they killed most of the really great comedians. Because most of them were Jewish. In fact, she realized, they killed off most of the entertainment field. I wonder how Hope gets away with what he says. Of course, he has to broadcast from Canada. And it’s a little freer up there. But Hope really says things. Like the joke about Goring . . . the one where Goring buys Rome and has it shipped to his mountain retreat and then set up again. And revives Christianity so his pet lions will have something to—”

Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle



The televised version of Philip K. Dick’s tale of alternate worlds, one of which is ruled by the Third Reich and the Empire of Japan, is going into a third season in 2018.  I have greatly enjoyed the first two seasons, which stands head and shoulders above most of the drek broadcast these days.


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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. I wonder if we, having defeated the Nazis some 70+ years ago, are not turning into a dictatorship worse than theirs as liberal progressives destroy statues of great Americans to erase our history, educate our young in eco-wacko feminism to control their destiny, and marginalize (as anti-freedom monsters) Christians out of the public square while promoting the sterile sexual filth of sodomy and the bloody murder of the unborn. Liberal progressives are as much the enemy as the Nazis were. Yes, I recall Dr. Kurland’s recent post “A Plea for Charity” and yes, he is right. We must love our enemy. But there was only one thing that defeated the Nazis – overwhelming force. Pray that the liberal progressives do not force history to that point again.

    PS, citing the following quote this isn’t politically expedient and no, I do NOT wish to ever do this (really, I am a coward, and the sight of blood and guts – whether friend or foe – horrifies me; besides, I am too old to play soldier or sailor any longer), but as Robert Heinlein wrote: “Your enemy is never a villain in his own eyes. Keep this in mind; it may offer a way to make him your friend. If not, you can kill him without hate — and quickly.”

    Heaven help us from creating our own eco-wacko anti-Christian feminist “Nazi” America. May we all repent and turn to Christ before we make our own dystopia which would amaze (and horrify) even Philip K. Dick.

  2. “I wonder if we, having defeated the Nazis some 70+ years ago, are not turning into a dictatorship worse than theirs”

    Nope. No comparison. I really do not want this thread to become yet another bemoaning contemporary America. There are plenty of those on other posts written by me. This is a geek post, science fiction and popular entertainment. Keep further comments in those realms.

  3. For what it is worth: Hitler believed in “ICE COSMOLOGY”, that an alien spaceship was circling the earth and that the Aryan race was a superior race frozen in time from outer space.

  4. Could you summarize what happened in season 2? I lost all interest two episodes into Season 2 when I got bored with the slow storyline or lack of. Just curious how it ended to warrant a third season. Plus Philip K. Dick only wrote one book which was the entire first season, so it made sense to me why I lost interest so quickly two episodes in. Just me.

  5. I lost interest after the Big Reveal in whatever season that was. The visuals were great. Let’s face it Hugo Boss is a great fashion brand and there is an inherent fascination in the idea of a Nazi-Japan ruled America. But I found it slow and confusing. With due deference to my learned friend’s opinion, the best Dick adaptation, Blade Runner, it’s not.

  6. Lucius , a choice one minor novelist made – I forget who – was to have a raiding demon call herself a patriot. I agree wholeheartedly, from the street criminal (many a one whom the Bear has represented) to the invader. no one thinks he is the villain of the piece.

  7. “Blade Runner, it’s not.”

    Now Blade Runner, but for the visuals, I have never liked. Harrison Ford seems to have confused film noire world weary cynicism with sleep walking in his Blade Runner role.

  8. “no one thinks he is the villain of the piece.”

    Villians in my experience are not given to accurate self reflection, including one piece of work who murdered his two very small kids, and his current girlfriend, and who at his sentencing, he got life, was still seeking to blame the mother of the kids for his actions.

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