Episode one in Amazon’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo-winning novel The Man in the High Castle can be viewed free online. An alternate history in which the Allies lost World War II, the production is highly atmospheric, smeary, hazy and dingy as if fogged by doubts about its own reality.
The first installment establishes a tangled, Dickian web of conspiracy, fear and lies – ironically, made a bit more science fictional by its faithfulness to the technology of 1962, in which surveillance cameras are not everywhere, the TV does not look back at you, and counterespionage forces have to go knock on doors (or heads) to find things out.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott, The Man in the High Castle pilot was scripted by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files) and stars Luke Kleintank and Alexa Davalos. Runtime is 61 minutes.