On this week’s super serious episode of “No Deodorant in Outer Space” one of the hosts forgot we were talking about a movie/TV series, and another proclaimed his distaste for movies and television. In other words, it was arguably the best episode ever.
With no guests, spouse, or beer, the three hosts discussed the adaptation of “The Man in the High Castle.” Wilk instantly regretted, upon writing this, that he did not make any jokes about a “Little Man in the Boat”. None of the hosts were in love with the series, but two of them (Ryan and Wilk) concluded that it was very well done and likely had a target audience.
Wilk felt that Amazon was the key to it being made, a network not dependent on sponsors or large ratings, to stay afloat. Ryan spoke to the abstract themes from the novel making their way into the TV series, and said that this factor made the show a success. He seemed to focus on the strength of the literary translation being transposed as the most compelling point. Rick thought it was more or less boring and too long—but admitted he had to watch the TV series (ten hours) in a rather limited time.
All agreed that it was dense material, and the overall consensus was that it was pretty good, but might appeal to some people way more than others. Rick gave it one star, Wilk three stars, and Ryan, in “classic dick” style, gave it four and a half stars.
So, until next time, cover your pores in oil-based paint, because there is no Deodorant in Outer Space!
Amazon Series: “The Man in the High Castle (2015) – Season One” by Frank Spotnitz (creator) (Alexa Davalos)
Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “…Faithful liberties make this series another perfect adaptation in the Philip K. Dick cannon…”
Wilk: 3 Stars “…A horrifying reality where Indiana Jones is probably a dick…”
Rick: 1 Star “…it was a f**king waste of time…”
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On the show the website Schmoop was mentioned regarding a breakdown of point of view characters. The website can be found here: http://www.shmoop.com/man-in-the-high-castle/.
Here are some links to podcast interviews with the show’s creator Frank Spotnitz:
- Podcast Interview of Director about the show on KCRW’s The Treatment: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/the-treatment/frank-spotnitz-amazons-the-man-in-the-high-castle.
- Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast interview: http://nerdist.com/nerdist-writers-panel-231-frank-spotnitz/.
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