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I've now watched the entire two seasons and 20 episodes of "The Man in the High Castle," the Amazon-produced series, based on a Philip K. Dick novel, about an alternative history in which the Nazis and Japanese won World War II and have occupying forces in the country we know as the US. While I've watched both seasons, I cannot say that I completely understand what the hell is going on. But I am fascinated, could not wait to see what would come next, and already am looking forward to the third season, whenever Amazon decides to offer it.

In this alternate history, it is the early sixties, and Nazi Germany controls the eastern and midwestern part of the country, and Japan occupies what we think of as the western states; there is a Neutral Zone serving as a buffer, mostly in the Rockies. But while we see pockets of resistance cropping up, some from unexpected places, there also is a "Twilight Zone" element to the plots - films, supposedly made by the titular Man in the High Castle, that purport to show a different reality in which the US won the war.

There is a ton of dramatic tension between these two basic plot lines, and the visuals are remarkable - the Nazi flag flying over Times Square, and the Japanese flag over San Francisco. The period touches are extraordinary, and the performances excellent ... and the basic premise, of regular Americans fighting back against authoritarian, totalitarian dictatorships, is compelling ands resonant.

I'd suggest that you watch all 20 episodes, and don't worry if it all doesn't fall into place. The piecing together of the puzzle is just beginning.



I had a terrific beer this week that I'd never tasted before - the Figueroa Mountain Danish Red, from California, which is rich and refreshing and delicious, and perfect with the grilled salmon sandwich - served with pastrami spice and Russian dressing - that I had at Simmzy's in Manhattan Beach, California. Good stuff.



That's it for this week. Have a great weekend, and I'll see you Monday.

Slàinte!
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