The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 (2016)

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Although its plot is admittedly unwieldy, The Man in the High Castle's second season expands its fascinating premise in powerful new directions, bolstered by stunning visuals, strong performances, and intriguing new possibilities.

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Critic Ratings: 25

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

In the second-season opener, Juliana's betrayal could prove costly when she's apprehended by the Resistance, and the answers she gets raise more questions for her. Meanwhile, Joe grows skeptical as he heads to New York; and Frank attempts to help Ed.

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

After narrowly escaping death, Juliana discovers a family secret that could have global implications - and leads her to make a life-changing decision... Kido, Tagomi, and Frank all take dangerous risks, while back in New York, Joe settles into a normal routine, only to have it turned upside down when Smith gives him the opportunity he's waited for his whole life. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Fighting to acclimatize to the strange new world of Nazi New York, Juliana seeks out the one person she thinks she can trust: Joe Blake. Angry and defiant after Juliana's departure, Frank is drawn to the Resistance movement and its charismatic leader. Joe confronts his own identity when he finally meets his father. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Juliana discovers she's far from safe from the Resistance in the Reich. Smith confronts the reality of the lengths he's willing to go to in order to protect his son. And another father - Joe's - tries to persuade him to give Berlin a chance. Frank also has a decision to make: how far is he prepared to go to help the Resistance cause? -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Joe learns a truth about his past that makes him question everything. The rift between Frank and Ed widens as Frank is drawn further into the Resistance. In order to assure her safety, Juliana must betray someone close to her. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Nicole introduces Joe to an unexpected side of Berlin, that leads him down a new path. On her new mission, Juliana inserts herself into the Smith's inner circle. Tagomi is finally reunited with his family, only to be faced with the prospect of losing them again. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

As Juliana worms closer to the Smiths, she discovers a dangerous secret. Childan and Ed get themselves in a sticky situation as they try to settle the Yakuza debt. On a Resistance mission, Frank uncovers a Japanese plan that could realize his worst nightmare. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Juliana gathers intel for the Resistance that could trigger WWIII. When the political situation in Berlin becomes unsafe, Joe must make a choice that could put his life in danger. Frank learns the truth about Juliana, leading him to question his newfound Resistance family. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Tagomi faces a dilemma: to stay with his family or return to the world he left behind. Desperate to escape the Reich, Juliana strikes a final, dangerous deal with the Resistance. When Ed reveals a secret that puts the Resistance plan in jeopardy, Frank must decide how to deal with his best friend's betrayal. -- (C) AMAZON

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Air date: Dec 16, 2016

Tagomi enlists Kido in a deception to save Japan from destruction. As Smith's life crumbles around him, he makes a dangerously bold play to hold onto his power. Joe tries to do the right thing but suffers the ultimate betrayal. Juliana must make a heart-wrenching choice that will shape the future of the world. -- (C) AMAZON

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After giving Joe the film, Juliana is forced to flee the fury of the Resistance while embarking on a new path to save her home from destruction. Joe confronts his absent father in Berlin, who is not as he seems. Smith wrestles with what to do about his ill son. Frank takes a gamble with his life in a bid to save Ed. Tagomi's life is turned upside down by his "travel" to an alternative world.

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Critic Reviews for The Man in the High Castle Season 2

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (7)

That The Man in the High Castle is a valuable show doesn't mean it's a perfect one, although the second season is stronger than the first, which invested much more heavily in visuals and style than it did in story or characters.

Jan 2, 2017 | Full Review…

As much as the premise is a powerful exercise in imagination, as well as an opportunity to visualize what could happen in this country, the show just doesn't take off.

Dec 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Season 2... continues to find ways to make this world feel real and grounded, even as the mythology surrounding the more fantastical possibilities inherent in its premise gets deeper.

Dec 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A snappy piece of speculative fiction, with the ageing, frail figure of Adolf Hitler at the centre of it all, his greying portrait still hanging in high school classrooms where slavery is celebrated.

Feb 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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The Man in the High Castle pulls off a number improbable feats as it evolves.

Dec 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The show has so much going on that I don't recommend binge-watching it as much as I do savoring each episode.

Apr 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The show starts to slip at a point when some of the side arcs start to be useless in season two...the scary people who were villains in season one ultimately become antiheroes.

Jan 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The first half of the second season is ripe with potential, and given that the first season became clearer and more cohesive as it went on, the show is not yet to be dismissed.

Dec 8, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Thanks to dull characters and mostly flaccid storylines, it falls short of being essential viewing. It drifts often and at length, too in love with its own wonderfully recreated world to realise that - half the time - it's going nowhere.

Jan 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Not only is The Man In The High Castle still here, it's still excellent viewing. Let it continue to defy the odds.

Jan 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Man in the High Castle's fascist societies come closer to mutual destruction than ever in season two, but they feel paradoxically less threatening -- and ultimately, far less real.

Dec 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Like the lives of many of its protagonists, The Man in the High Castle most frequently implies that it is something to endure rather than to experience with anything so vulgar or selfish as enjoyment.

Dec 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man in the High Castle: Season 2

  • Jun 11, 2019
    Philip K. Dick's alternative reality series The Man In the High Castle continues into an exciting second season as the Nazi Reich and Japanese Empire are brought to the brink of war. After escaping an assassination attempt by the Resistance Julia defects to the America Reich and is soon taken in by Ubergruppenfuhrer Smith; meanwhile Joe is send to Berlin and reconnects with his father, who's a powerful member of Hitler's inner circle. The writers do a great job at developing the story arcs and at creating complex and sympathetic characters on all sides. And, the production values, costumes, sets, music, etc., are all extraordinarily well -done; really bringing this world to life. Callum Keith Rennie, Sobastian Roche, Tate Donovan, Stephen Root, and Bella Heathcote join the cast and Rufus Sewell and Alexa Davalos continue to deliver incredibly strong, captivating performances. Season 2 of The Man In the High Castle takes the series in interesting new directions and explore a number of fascinating social and political issues.
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  • Aug 30, 2020
    This started out as a good show. An idea many of us have thought about... what if the nazi's won ww2? How horrible would the world be? This alone would have made a great show. But than someone said "yea and also there would be films that show alternative dimensions... oh and people can travel to them when the space out!!" You guys really coulda had a good show here.
  • Jul 18, 2020
    It keeps up with the magnificent work on S01
  • Apr 18, 2020
    Continua siendo emocionante.
  • Mar 03, 2020
    It loses dynamism and slows the plot with characters not so important for the main plot. Still it is great and it doesn't make you leave it
  • Jan 11, 2020
    On par with The Crown and Game of Thrones in all regards: budget, production, story, casting, acting, editing, costume.
  • Jan 08, 2020
    I finished Season 1...A+...the production values are incredible...this must have an insanely huge budget...the characters, setting and story are also very well done...I hear people complaining that the series is too slow but I don't see it that way...to me it has a deliberate pace where the big moments have more meaning because it was slowly built up...the sequence with Hitler and Wegener in the S1 finale was a nail biter...the alternate timeline sci-fi aspect is a slow burn but presented in a really interesting way and that opening credit sequence fits the show perfectly...creepy rendition of 'Edelweiss' from The Sound of Music...on to Season 2! I finished up Season 2...this might make my All-Time Top 10 show list after all is said and done...absolutely amazing series...I read that this is Amazon's most watched series so I don't understand why it appears to not be getting the attention and accolades it deserves...very intelligent story...Season 2 was pretty much a direct continuation of the first season...you can tell that they plotted out the story in advance and aren't just making things up as they go...the world building and production values are second to none...a lot of great additions to the cast in S2- Tate Donovan, Bella Heathcote, Stephen Root, Sebastian Roche etc...the show also seems to have a lot of Battlestar Galactica vets (Michael Hogan, Callum Keith Rennie, Rick Worthy) the HDR is no doubt the best implementation out of all the streaming shows I've watched across any platform...reference quality in pretty much every scene...this is the streaming show to show off your TV's HDR capability...stunning...every little detail from the shiny floors, costumes, furniture, facial detail, lighting looks amazing...I don't have an issue with the pacing but maybe that's because I'm watching all 3 seasons back-to-back...it seems they plotted out the entire story from the beginning and are taking the time they need to get there...the final few episodes of Season 2 were epic (S2 finale was a slight letdown)...some of the character motivations and constantly switching allegiances are a little confusing but overall this is Amazon's best original series. I don't know if they cut the budget for S3 but it didn't look quite as amazing as the earlier seasons in terms of cinematography...it still looked great but a slight step down...the Dolby Vision also lacked the consistent pop it previously had...in the first 2 seasons almost every scene had amazing depth and pop...S3 had its moments but wasn't as consistently gorgeous (but the dystopian world building is still first rate)...I'm hoping that Nicole Dormer returns for Season 4 (Himmler sent her back to Berlin in the S3 finale for re-education training due to her 'perversions' aka they caught her in that lesbian club)...Bella Heathcote is very sexy and has great charisma on-screen...I'm guessing Joseph Goebbels will play a bigger role in S4 which will bring Nicole back into the story overall I find this to be Amazon's best original series
  • Dec 04, 2019
    After watching the first season. I could not bear the temptation to continue it. This second seemed to me with greater rhythm and greater development of characters and the universe. A good series to watch.
  • Nov 17, 2019
    The show got a little better but was still boring to watch
  • Aug 12, 2019
    This second season lived up to my expectations.

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