Monday, August 1, 2016

SDCC 2016: The Man in the High Castle Museum

The Man in the High Castle is an Amazon TV show based on the Philip K. Dick novel. It's something of a "What If" concept: What if Japan and Germany had won World War II, colonized the USA, and divided the country into two halves: one for Germany and the other for Japan.

At SDCC this year, Amazon put together an excellent display of props from the show, in a building across from the convention center. Here's a look inside, starting with the Japan side of occupied America:
Original outfit from the show

The screen looped one of the mysterious films central to the plot.

 More after the jump:

Fantastic level of detail! The Japanese reads "Japanese Pacific States."

 Over to the German side:

Real dedication to detail here - a newspaper created by the Germans on the East Coast of occupied America,

Kind of a disturbing uniform but true to the book and show's concept.

Desk used by a key character - the main German officer in the show.

If you haven't seen the show, it's worth a look. To me, one of the most interesting aspects is the balance brought to all sides. There are few caricatures, and the main characters in particular are multi-faceted. So whereas the story gets you to root for the underdog, counter-insurgent Americans, there are compelling elements to the complex leading characters, on all sides.

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