Video on demand services like Hulu and Netflix have been producing some excellent series over the past few years. Orange is the New Black immediately comes to mind as an example. Amazon is now looking to get a piece of the VOD pie and The Man in the High Castle though just a pilot episode (so far) has really caught my attention.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) and Alexa Davalos (Mob City). – Amazon

After watching the pilot episode I immediately became a fan. The setting, the intrigue, the varied cast and the apparent tug-o-war between the Japanese and the Germans who have divided up most of the world and split the USA in two with a buffer zone in the middle. I did not read the book but I have seen some complaints that the the series took some liberty with certain plot elements. Whether it follows the book page by page or not is no big issue for me but I intent to read the book eventually.

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Have you seen the pilot episode of The Man in the High Castle? Have your read the book? Drop me a comment below or tweet me @Jamaipanese!

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