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The Man in the High Castle spoiler

Don’t read unless you already know the ending or don’t care.

Except that I assume that “The Man in the High Castle” is Hitler, because he lives in a castle on a mountain and has a huge collection of “grasshopper” movie reels. Which means that the resistance has actually been working for Hitler without knowing it, making it the stupidest resistance ever. No wonder why we lost the war.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. That would be completely incompatible with what happens in the book. Also doesn’t explain what’s on the reels or the weird flash-overs.


    June 7, 2016 at 2:39 am

  2. The series creator, Frank Spotnitz, says we haven’t met The Man in the High Castle yet, so he’s not Hitler.

    BTW, this was originally meant to be a four episode Syfy channel miniseries, hence the weird plot reboot after the fourth episode and the aimless feel of the episodes set in the Neutral Zone. Originally Juliana and Joe were going to be taken to the real Man in the High Castle at the end there.


    June 7, 2016 at 4:11 am

  3. In theory, this should be a series I would love. Alternate history and the biggest alternate history what-if of all; what if the allies lost World War II? However I saw the pilot episode during Amazon “pilot season” last year and was not exactly wowed by it. So I have never followed up with the series. But I read the book years ago, and of all the Nazi’s-win-WW2 stories and books, this one was the most boring. Literally nothing happens throughout the entire book. It wasn’t waste because it made some really good observations about the worldview of Americans who had been defeated and occupied, but that doesn’t translate onto film very well. There are tons of alternate history WW2 stories they could have used that would have made a far more entertaining basis for a TV show.

    Mike Street Station

    June 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

    • I actually agree with Mike Stanton’s take, that TMITHC is pretty thin gruel as nothing really happens in it, and there are better alternate history books, better Nazis-win-WWII books, and better books by the same author.

      However, the recurring joke about Bob Hope being a subversive comic broadcasting from Canada is pretty funny.


      June 8, 2016 at 12:07 am

  4. “Which means that the resistance has actually been working for Hitler without knowing it, making it the stupidest resistance ever”

    The Bolshevik’s secret police, OGPU, set up exactly such and organization – The Trust – created to lure counter-revolutionaries into revealing themselves
    The famous Sidney Reilly – “Ace of Spies” and the man upon whom Ian Fleming partially based James Bond – was eventually ensnared by The Trust.

    “The OGPU, the official organization that replaced the Cheka, had set up a honeypot known as The Trust. The purpose of the Trust was to act as a front organization, drawing in those who planned coups such as the Lockhart Plot and allowing them to be eliminated. The core was the White Russian sleeper cells in Russia, which they had left intact but suborned and thoroughly infiltrated. In 1925 they managed to lure Reilly to Russia to meet with people he thought he could trust, but as soon as he crossed the border he was arrested. Reilly was held prisoner for two months, during which he was thoroughly interrogated by the OGPU. Finally the order came down from Stalin himself that Reilly was to be liquidated. On November 5th 1925, while out for his daily exercise walk in the forest, Reilly was shot and killed by his guards. After his death they investigated his cell and discovered that he had been secretly documenting all the interrogation techniques they had used on him, written on cigarette papers. Doubtless even up to the last he was planning for an escape.”

    Read about Sidney Reilly:

    Or watch the series:
    Reilly, Ace of Spies – Episode 01 – 1901 – An Affair with a Married Woman

    “Active Measures”, a Russian tradition:

    The Playbook

    As the Russian Empire experimented with democracy in the very, very late Tsarist era, the secret police, the Okhrana, actually set up or controlled many of the new political parties. Agents and informers made sure that the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks were kept at each others’ throats. There were also so-called ‘police parties’, which in one sense weren’t actually fake, as they openly supported the regime. But they also served as a controlled substitute for any true kind of mass politics. As in Russia under Putin, the authorities under Nicholas II distrusted all political parties, even conservative ones; their priority before 1917 was to fake democracy, if they could not prevent it. Father Gapon, who led the crowds at the Bloody Sunday massacre in 1905, was an Okhrana agent provocateur.

    Simple forgery also played a role, most notoriously with the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, first published in Russian in 1903 after a secret commission by the Interior Minister von Plehve. The Protocols took on a life of their own, as arguably one of the most successful deceptions in history. In 2015 the new Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz was widely mocked when an old interview was discovered in which he referred to the Protocols to claim that “experience shows that there are such groups in Jewish circles.”

    Staged events like the Beilis Trial in Kiev in 1913 used the infamous anti-Semitic ‘blood libel’ to help right-wing forces mobilise in Ukraine, although the authorities knew it to be a complete travesty – Kiev was then a major centre of nascent Russian nationalism. It isn’t any more; but it would be hard to find a clearer parallel with Ukraine in 2014 than the events described by Stephen Kotkin in his magisterial study Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, when the Bolsheviks staged an ‘uprising’ by the Armenian minority in the disputed Lori district as an excuse to invade independent Georgia in 1921. Putin has made no secret of his admiration for Stalin, as in Putin’s euphemistic terms, an ‘effective manager’. Putin’s use of fake ‘local forces’ (actually, as he himself admitted later, Russian special-forces soldiers) to stage a fake ‘uprising’ in Crimea shows that imitation remains the sincerest form of flattery.

    Nedd Ludd

    June 7, 2016 at 9:37 am

  5. I found the show just good enough that I’ll watch season 2. But Amazon clearly cut corners on the production values.


    June 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

  6. I read the novel a long time ago. It presented a not-very-plausible scenario for the aftermath of our side losing WW2. It’s strength was simply tone rather than crafty realism or exciting action. Really not something most people would appreciate unless they are dumb enough to mistake it for crafty realism. For the TV series, evidently they added a plot about a resistance movement that is not in the novel to have some action, and I assume they were unable to capture the tone. Sounds boring.

    Greg Pandatshang

    June 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

  7. The show is pretty boring apart from Rufus Sewell.


    June 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • I agree that his character, the Nazi general of American birth, was the only interesting character in the series.

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