Skidmarks – Bikes In The High Castle

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By Gabe Ets-Hokin

If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.”
– Philip K. Dick

Time to throw you cats some red meat in the form of WWII/classic sci-fi references. You may be familiar with Phillip K. Dick’s great novel, Man in the High Castle, or you may just have heard about the made-for-Amazon TV series of the same name. I have watched it, and it is good.

It’s not awesome, but it’s worth watching, for sure. Just the premise should be enough to draw you in. It takes place in New York, Colorado and San Francisco in an alternate history where the Germans and Japanese prevailed in the second world war. It shows the grim realities of America as an occupied police state and gets all meta when the characters discover a series of films showing how the world looks in our history, when the Axis powers lost. If you haven’t heard of Dick, he also wrote the stories the films Blade Runner, Minority Report, Total Recall and Sleepless in Seatlle (Ha, ha! Not really the last one.) are based on.

The acting ranges from meh to great (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa’s portrayal of Tagomi is memorable, but Luke Kleintank’s Joe Blake makes Rick Schroder’s work on Silver Spoons look as sophisticated and nuanced as Olivier doing Richard III), but what I love, as both a San Francisco history and World War II buff is the production design. The sets, costumes, props and vehicles are so painstakingly selected it makes me wish that department had done the casting, too.

Screengrab of the escort motorcycles for the Imperial Crown Prince. Photo: Man in the High Castle.

What makes that stuff so great? When you select a prop or costume, you have to make choices, and to make those decisions, you have to ask questions, …read more

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