Man in the High Castle’s protagonists are helpless in the most Philip K. Dick ways

It’s common for Philip K. Dick adaptations to barely resemble their source material. Amazon’s TV series The Man in the High Castle began as an exception, closely translating Dick’s dark alternate history about a world ruled by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. But as the series moves into its third season, it’s become more interested in a relatively generic story about multiverses — a plot point that was left more ambiguous in earlier seasons and was barely present in the book. As Samantha Nelson wrote in her review of the new season, the science fiction underpinnings of the show’s plot are shaky, and the new focus sometimes comes at the expense of character-driven drama. But probably unintentionally, it hits close to a classic Dick... Continue reading…