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Review: ‘Man in the High Castle’ Season 2

by Michael in Americana

An action-packed Season 2 tries to answer the show’s questions. Sonia Saraiya writes: The first season of “The Man in the High Castle,” Amazon’s television adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s alternate-history novel, was an oddly muted exercise in reorientation — in altering the audience’s assumptions about Nazis and World War II by bringing to a life a world where the war ended [...]

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