I know: It couldn’t have been easy growing up with that name. But PKD has proven a reliable inspiration for quite a few good films. “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,” “Minority Report,” “The Adjustment Bureau” are just a few of the movies that came from his books. While “The Man in the High Castle” appears to suffer from a made-for-TV budget and a lackluster cast, it is at least about something that has a certain resonance in these days of paranoia and state surveillance. I look forward to seeing how the show might mature if Amazon decides to stick with it.
One thing: PKD’s book is a bit smarter than the pilot, and quite a bit more subtle. But it’s TV, after all. I’m ready to see more episodes anyway. What would be really great is if they booked Jon Hamm in an episode depicting how Don Draper is faring under the Third Reich. But I suppose there are contractual obligations and what-not.
Have you seen any of the Amazon pilots? It’s an interesting idea, screening shows this way. Or maybe it’s just a gimmick. “Transparent,” the Amazon show that got all the Golden-Globes love last week, ranked dead last with preview audiences.