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The Man in the High Castle: I do believe my father wants what’s best, but this can’t be the way.  Books Included   Season 2, Ep 0

We continue to move far from the plot of the book, keeping only the Ally loss, a trifurcated America, and some surnames, but the exploration of alternate timelines, racial complexities, and genetic impurity grows increasingly complex in a delightfully Dicksonian fashion. The current timeline crucially depends on a fundamental misreading of a documentary film (fake news?), which seems to karmically doom almost any critical reading of the series thus far (all reading is misreading), or even any comparison to Dick's book.
posted by Stanczyk on Dec 29, 2016 - 30 comments

Podcast: Welcome to Night Vale: 92 - If He Had Lived

This week is National Alternate History Week. Plus an update on the Beatrix Lohman Memorial Meditation Zone, a warning from the National Weather Service, and Children's Fun Fact Science Corner. [more inside]
posted by jazon on Aug 16, 2016 - 7 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Inherit the Stars (Shooting Star of Yesteryear)  Season 1, Ep 24

Some of the Orbital Knights continue battling UFE forces even after Asseylum's ceasefire order, while others choose to wait and see. In the end peace is established, with the Vers Empire providing Aldnoah technology to Earth in exchange for economic assistance. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 29, 2015 - 4 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Unvanquished (Sky of Prayers)  Season 1, Ep 23

Klancain rescues Asseylum and Edelrittuo from the UFE commandos and manages to spirit them out of the moon base in his ship. Mazuurek vows his allegiance to Asseylum, and Asseylum contacts her grandfather, the Emperor. Slaine orders an all-out attack on the Earth forces in space, and enjoins the Orbital Knights on Earth to engage in battle earthside. However, Slaine's broadcast is interrupted by Asseylum's, declaring her intentions for peace between Vers and Earth, and her assuming the throne as Empress of Vers.
posted by needled on Mar 22, 2015 - 5 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Out of the Past (Chance Meeting and Separation)  Season 1, Ep 22

Slaine greets Klancain and tries to bring him to his side, as Klancain is influential among the Vers Knights loyal to the Emperor. United Earth Forces launch a two-pronged attack on the Vers moon base. The UFE attack includes a covert operation with special ops forces infiltrating the Vers moon base. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 15, 2015 - 2 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Fortune's Fool (Beyond the Dream)  Season 1, Ep 21

Earth forces, including Inaho, are forced to confront the three Vers Knights without the support of the badly damaged Deucalion. Inaho is experiencing increasing side effects from using his cybernetic eye. Meanwhile, Lemrina confronts Asseylum. Count Klancain, Cruhteo's son, arrives from Vers.
posted by needled on Mar 8, 2015 - 6 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Light of Day (The Price of Honor)  Season 1, Ep 20

Trapped by three Vers Knights working in concert, UFE squads retreat thanks to a daring intervention from the Deucalion. Mazuurek holds a personal audience with the disguised Lemrina, asking her questions about Earth. He then maneuvers to enter Slaine's landing castle while Slaine is absent and questions Edelrittuo. Lemrina is increasingly distressed with her role in Slaine's life. [more inside]
posted by needled on Mar 1, 2015 - 6 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Here to There (The Flaw in Paradise)  Season 1, Ep 19

Slaine embarks on a campaign to solidify his hold on the Vers power structure. Magbaredge is disappointed that the UFE higher-ups do not seem to be aware that Vers tactics may be changing with the internal political changes in Vers. As his plans unfold Slaine is conflicted about the person he has become. [more inside]
posted by needled on Feb 22, 2015 - 4 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Rose and the Ring (Through the Deep Forest)  Season 1, Ep 18

Earth forces take on Count Selnakis in New Orleans. Mazuurek continues making his way to his landing castle. Slaine and Count Marylcian begin their duel, with Harklight, Count Barouhcruz, and Lemrina - posing as Asseylum - as witnesses. The winner of the duel is entitled to all of the loser's assets. [more inside]
posted by needled on Feb 15, 2015 - 7 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Turning Wheel (Dawn of Intrigue)  Season 1, Ep 17

Yuki and Marito are once again assigned to the Deucalion. Count Mazuurek has been taken prisoner. While questioning Mazuurek, Inaho manages to find some common ground regarding Princess Asseylum. Count Marylcian personally arrives at the Moon base and challenges Slaine to a duel.
posted by needled on Feb 8, 2015 - 7 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Soldier's Pay (Attack on the Burning Sand)  Season 1, Ep 16

The Deucalion heads back to earth. Slaine is yet to be fully accepted by the other Vers Knights. The faction opposing Slaine's ascendance enjoin Count Mazuurek to begin an offensive. Count Mazuurek, who had so far avoided hostilities with Earth forces, reluctantly deploys in his kataphrakt. Yuki and Marito are part of the squadron sent to intercept Mazuurek. Back in the Vers asteroid base, Slaine realizes he needs to make a grand display of power to silence his detractors.
posted by needled on Feb 1, 2015 - 9 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Toll for the Brave (Pivoting Trap)  Season 1, Ep 15

UFE and Vers forces prepare for battle in their respective asteroid bases. Magbaredge informs Inaho about some findings from research on activating Aldnoah Drives using Asseylum's blood. Slaine continues facing contempt from other Vers Counts for being a Terran, but is defended by Saazbaum. Finally the battle starts when the Trident and Marineros bases near each other. Saazbaum also joins the battle in his refurbished Dioskuria II.
posted by needled on Jan 25, 2015 - 11 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Beautiful and Damned (Neighbors from Different Planets)  Season 1, Ep 14

Earth and Vers forces prepare for a major confrontation in space. Inaho and Slaine encounter each other in the initial skirmish. Lemrina vows to take all that is Asseylum's.
posted by needled on Jan 17, 2015 - 3 comments

The Man in the High Castle: The New World  Season 1, Ep 1

Amazon Pilot (2015): An adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel, this one-hour show drops the viewer into an alternate world where Germany and Japan have won WWII and partitioned the U.S. A man named Joe joins the resistance in Nazi-controlled New York and sets off in a truck for the neutral zone, a DMZ in the Rockies between the two sides, which seem to be in a state of fragile detente. In Japanese-held San Francisco, a woman chances onto a reel of film that sends her also toward Canon City, Colorado.
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Jan 17, 2015 - 31 comments

The Man in the High Castle?

It's just a pilot on Amazon at the moment, but an ambitious adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel seems like our kind of thing, yeah?
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jan 17, 2015 - 9 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: This Side of Paradise (Sleeping Beauty in the Moon)  Season 1, Ep 13

Nineteen months after the assault on the UE HQ, the war between Earth and Vers continues. [more inside]
posted by Small Dollar on Jan 10, 2015 - 7 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Childhood's End (Though the Heavens Fall)  Season 1, Ep 12

The heavily damaged Deucalion rams into Saazbaum's landing castle in a desperate move to continue with the plan to deactivate the landing castle's Aldnoah drive. Inaho battles Saazbaum while Yuki and Inko attempt to get Asseylum into the landing castle's Aldnoah drive room. Meanwhile Slaine returns to Saazbaum's landing castle. [more inside]
posted by needled on Sep 21, 2014 - 19 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Wind, Snow and Stars (The Battle of Novostalsk)   Season 1, Ep 11

Saazbaum starts his assault on UE HQ with his landing castle. Saazbaum himself leads the charge as Saazbaum's troops decimate UE forces to find and kill Asseylum. Edelrittuo and Rayet manage to get Asseylum onto the Deucalion. The plan is to deliver Asseylum to Saazbaum's landing castle so she can forcibly shut down its Aldnoah drive.
posted by needled on Sep 14, 2014 - 9 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Before the War (A Storm Brewing)  Season 1, Ep 10

The crew of the Deucalion work to restore power when the Aldnoah drive suddenly stops working and the ship crashes in the tundra. During the investigation, Rayet reveals her secret. Meanwhile, Saazbaum tells Slaine his side of the Tanegashima Incident.
posted by Small Dollar on Sep 7, 2014 - 7 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Darkness Visible (Memory Device)  Season 1, Ep 9

Slaine wakes up in Saazbaum's landing castle, where Saazbaum explains some of the background of the Vers-Earth war. While practicing with the Areion's combat simulator, Rayet has flashbacks to her first encounter with Nilokeras. Dr. Yagarai tries out a new treatment for Lt. Marito's PTSD, forcing him to to fully confront the memory of his first encounter with a Vers kataphrakt.
posted by needled on Aug 31, 2014 - 15 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Then and Now (The Day We Saw the Bird)  Season 1, Ep 8

Magbaredge and her crew discover a ship hidden underground. They realize it was an Earth ship designed to be powered by an Aldnoah drive, but abandoned when it could not be activated. Princess Asseylum reveals her identity and activates the ship's Aldnoah drive. Meanwhile Cruhteo interrogates Slaine in his landing castle as Saazbaum observes. As the interrogation proceeds, Saazbaum makes a decision.
posted by needled on Aug 24, 2014 - 14 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Boys of Earth (Unexpected reunion of 2 people)  Season 1, Ep 7

Femianne continues attacking with her kataphrakt Hellas. Inaho decides to take a gamble and join forces with Slaine. Saazbaum discovers Slaine is headed to Tanegashima. Meanwhile, Magbaredge and her crew make a surprising discovery in Tanegashima. Asseylum makes an important decision.
posted by needled on Aug 17, 2014 - 16 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Steel Step Suite (Island of Memory)  Season 1, Ep 6

At Emperor Rayregalia's formal declaration of war against Earth, all Earth personnel with military training are conscripted, including Inaho and friends. Captain Magbaredge sets course for Tanegashima, sparking memories of the battle in Tanegashima 15 years ago. Meanwhile, Slaine escapes from Cruhteo's landing castle, even as Saazbaum asks that Slaine be captured alive for his knowledge of Dr. Troyard's research.
posted by needled on Aug 10, 2014 - 11 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Phantom of the Emperor (Before the Audience)  Season 1, Ep 5

The Vers Emperor declares an armistice, to the dissatisfaction of the Orbital Knights. Saazbaum orders an investigation into Trillram's death, while Cruhteo is ordered by the Emperor to investigate Asseylum's death. Ignoritng the armistice, Vlad seeks a rematch with Inaho. [more inside]
posted by needled on Aug 3, 2014 - 9 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Point of No Return (Knights in Pursuit)  Season 1, Ep 4

Friends reunite on the rescue craft, and wait for the ship helmed by XO Mizusaki to arrive to escort them to safety. Slaine decides not to reveal to Cruhteo that Princess Asseylum is still alive. Cruhteo orders another of his knights to eliminate all survivors in Shinawara. [more inside]
posted by needled on Jul 27, 2014 - 14 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: The Children's Echelon (Boys on the Battlefield)  Season 1, Ep 3

Inaho and his friends are holed up in their school, having been ordered by 2nd Lt. Marito to distract the Vers Kataphrakt while a rescue operation can be organized. Based on what he's observed first-hand of the Kataphrakt, Inaho comes up with a plan to fight back against it. [more inside]
posted by needled on Jul 24, 2014 - 11 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Beyond the Horizon (The Longest Day on Earth)  Season 1, Ep 2

The Vers invasion has started. Vers landing castles crash into Earth cities, while the ones still in orbit destroy Earth communication links. Earth defense forces are overmatched against Vers weaponry. [more inside]
posted by needled on Jul 23, 2014 - 10 comments

Aldnoah.Zero: Princess of Vers (Princess of Mars)  Season 1, Ep 1

The Princess of Vers, Asseylum Vers Allusia, heads to earth on a peace mission. It has been 15 years since Heaven's Fall, when the moon was partially destroyed during a battle between the Earth Federation and the Vers Empire. [more inside]
posted by needled on Jul 22, 2014 - 14 comments

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