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The New Normal 

Juliana returns home, only to discover new clues that lead her closer to unraveling the mystery behind the films. Meanwhile, Joe faces a tough debriefing upon his return home. Kido begins his investigation into the events surrounding the Crown Prince's speech, while Tagomi and Wegener make a last-ditch attempt to complete their mission.

Director:

Bryan Spicer

Writers:

Philip K. Dick (based on the book by), Frank Spotnitz (developed by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa Davalos ... Juliana Crain
Rupert Evans ... Frank Frink
Luke Kleintank ... Joe Blake
DJ Qualls ... Ed McCarthy
Joel de la Fuente ... Inspector Kido
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Nobusuke Tagomi
Rufus Sewell ... Obergruppenführer John Smith
Carsten Norgaard ... Rudolph Wegener
Bernhard Forcher ... Ambassador Hugo Reiss
Daniel Roebuck ... Arnold Walker
Michael Gaston ... Mark Sampson
Arnold Chun ... Kotomichi
Jack Kehler ... Harlan Wyndam-Matson
Steve Byers ... Lawrence Klemm
Daisuke Tsuji ... Crown Prince
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Storyline

Juliana returns home, only to discover new clues that lead her closer to unraveling the mystery behind the films. Meanwhile, Joe faces a tough debriefing upon his return home. Kido begins his investigation into the events surrounding the Crown Prince's speech, while Tagomi and Wegener make a last-ditch attempt to complete their mission.

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Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

M | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Big Light Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

"L'Chaim" is a Hebrew saying which literally means 'to life', commonly used to make toasts. In "The Man in the High Castle," the Nazis have prioritized the eradication of the Jewish race, so using sayings like this in public is not only illegal, but highly dangerous. See more »

Goofs

When the Japanese officer commits seppuku and is decapitated, his head is completely removed. The ritual kaishaku (decapitation) was to be performed in the manner of dakikubi ("embraced head") with the head falling forward so the face could not be seen after death, but remaining attached to the body by a small flap of flesh. This required a skilled swordsman to be chosen as kaishakunin (second). Voluntary seppuku was an honorable death but complete decapitation was demeaning and would bring dishonor to the kaishakunin for poor swordsmanship. See more »

Crazy Credits

The phrase "The characters and incidents portrayed are entirely fictional" in the closing credits of every episode is also shown in German and Japanese translations. See more »

Soundtracks

Edelweiss
(uncredited)
Written by Richard Rodgers (as Rodger) and Oscar Hammerstein II (as Hammerstein)
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Hits the Reset Button
13 August 2017 | by mbloydSee all my reviews

The fifth episode is a little early for a reboot, but the show feels like it's starting over. The first four episodes formed a neo-Western mini-arc that had run its course, but as the title of this episode indicates, Joe and Juliana are back in their own world. The theme hammered home over and over is that these worlds will never be the same. For all the possibilities the show's premise still holds, The Man in the High Castle so far is generally content with standard-issue intrigue. The Tagomi/Wegener arc is a case in point: it's full of generic, boring spy tropes that could play out the exact same way in any context. The most intriguing elements of the pilot (the Grasshopper films and the titular character) have receded into the background. New threads with potential to up the intrigue are presented toward the end of the episode. Here's hoping that a chance encounter between two characters in this episode is the spark that ignites the second half of the season, because that's exactly what the show needs right now.


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