Posts Tagged ‘The Man in the High Castle’

PODCAST:

S3E9M – The Man in the High Castle (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

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!

-Wilk

WRITTEN FILM REVIEWS:

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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FUN FACTOIDS:

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:

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E9B – The Man in the High Castle (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

If you got a hankering for some discussion on PK Dick and his “Man in the High Castle” in the month of November, this is your podcast. When you are finished you could very likely be more confused than when you started. Good luck.

– Rick

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Book: “The Man in the High Castle (1962)” by Philip K. Dick

Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “A story of subtle nuances containing picturesque fables that compound reality in philosophic deep strokes

Wilk: 4 Stars “A chilling look of what could’ve been told through the eyes of people looking at things as they could have been which in fact is what it was

Rick: 3 Stars “…If you are a big fan of PK Dick you should read this book- not the greatest but good…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

FUN FACTOIDS:

divine-invasionsOn the episode Ryan made reference to a biography written about the author. That book is called “Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick.”

We also talked about the ancient Chinese oracle known as the “I Ching,” which the author consulted to write this book (and indeed the characters in this book also consulted). An online translation by Gregory C. Richter for Truman State University of this work can be found bring-the-jubileehere: http://grichter.sites.truman.edu/files/2012/01/yjnew.pdf. You can find video demonstrations and explanations of how to use the I Ching on YouTube.

Rick mentioned that Philip K. Dick also took some inspiration for writing this book from a previous work of alternate history in which the South won the American Civil War instead of the North. This was written by Ward Moore in a book called “Bring the Jubilee.”

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E9P – Preview Episode (The Man in the High Castle)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “The Man in the High Castle (1962)” by Philip K. Dick

““The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” – New York Times

It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Winner of the Hugo Award” (from Amazon.com)

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Amazon Series: “The Man in the High Castle (2015) – Season One” by Frank Spotnitz (creator) (Alexa Davalos)

“Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), 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).” (from Amazon.com)

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.