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Coming Distractions: Reality remains alternative in season 2 trailer for The Man In The High Castle

Season one of Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle was a very mixed bag. On the plus side, it demonstrated ambitious world-building and laudable performances. But then there were confounding decisions made by inconsistently written characters, and resulting subplots seemed to exist just to gobble up time.

The success of season two will hinge upon emphasizing those strengths, while bringing the plot and characters into sharper focus. None of that can be proven in a trailer, but what we do have is promising. As a projector sparks to life and Marilyn Monroe naughtily croons Happy Birthday to “Mein Führer,” we’re immediately reminded of the high, very peculiar stakes that were set in season one. It’s relieving that our protagonists come to the table with the knowledge that they are living in a reality that has been tampered with. Now we get to see what they can …

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