The Man in the High Castle Season 1 Discussion

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The Man in the High Castle Season 1 Discussion

Unread postby musicmonkey » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:43 pm

The Man in the High Castle is an American dystopian alternate history television series based on the 1962 novel of the same name in which the Axis powers won World War II. The United States has been partitioned into the Japanese Pacific States, a neutral zone and the Greater Nazi Reich.

In the first two episodes, Biblical references abound in the form of a popular novel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, believed to have come from the Bible verse: "The grasshopper shall be a burden" (Ecclesiastes 12:5) describing old age and a plea to remember our Creator in our youth; to do good, make the best use of our time, and avoid evil before we are feeble, old and die. Life goes by quickly; it's a call to action. In this alternate history, Hitler is still alive but old and dying. Is he the grasshopper? On a side note, adult grasshoppers only live for about two months, depending on the weather and die in winter.
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary wrote:We should remember our sins against our Creator, repent, and seek forgiveness. We should remember our duties, and set about them, looking to him for grace and strength. This should be done early, while the body is strong, and the spirits active. When a man has the pain of reviewing a misspent life, his not having given up sin and worldly vanities till he is forced to say, I have no pleasure in them, renders his sincerity very questionable. Then follows a figurative description of old age and its infirmities, which has some difficulties; but the meaning is plain, to show how uncomfortable, generally, the days of old age are. As the four verses, 2-5, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age, ver. 6 notices the circumstances which take place in the hour of death. If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmities would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin.

Additionally, the "everything is meaningless" theme to Ecclesiastes is explored along with the idea of living for one's self versus serving others, making your family proud, being useful to society, serving country, even dying for a cause bigger than you. Big themes from the idiot box! Lastly, the treatment of the Jews by the Nazis and Japanese in America adds plenty of food for thought.

Season 1 contains ten episodes as follows:

101 - The New World
102 - Sunrise
103 - The Illustrated Woman
104 - Revelations
105 - The New Normal
106 - Three Monkeys
107 - Truth
108 - End of the World
109 - Kindness
110 - A Way Out

Amazon has picked up this series for Season 2. Watch it at
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