Amazon Prime’s hit series, ‘The Man In The High Castle‘ is loosely based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name and takes place in a world where the Nazis won World War II. The United States was divided up with the Nazis ruling one side and the Japanese occupying the other, and a barren Neutral Zone in between. The main character Juliana (Alexa Davalos) comes into possession of a newsreel which shows a world where the Allies won and the Nazis and Japanese were defeated. These newsreels are being collected by the titular ‘Man In The High Castle’ and Juliana hopes that they hold the key to changing their oppressive reality.
Two seasons of the show are now available and Amazon has already ordered a third. The first season was the most streamed original program from the service. In association with the show, Amazon has launched Resistance Radio, an actual radio station that mimics the anti-Nazi underground movement on the show.
Here is the intro that greets you when you access the station:
The year is 1962. America stands divided and controlled by the Greater Third Reich in the East and the Japanese Pacific States in the West. Seventeen years after the Allied Powers lost World War II, people are living in fear and oppression. But between these opposing political powers lies a lawless “neutral zone,” where a fledgling “Resistance” movement movement struggles to fight back.
Hijacking the airwaves, a secret network of DJs broadcast messages of hope to keep the memory of a former America alive. Using music to hearten the spirits of the hopeless, they play bootleg songs that are performed and played in makeshift studios with obsolete equipment.
Being on-air is dangerous, yet the desire to reach the resigned is something these DJs can’t resist.
They’re on the air right now.
Listen in. Spread the message. Share the dream.
(You can listen in for yourself here: ResistanceRadio.)
I think we can all agree that Nazis are bad. Fascism is bad. Oppression is bad.
Well, I guess not all of us. Some conservatives have taken offense to the fictional radio station/resistance movement, believing it is a direct attack on President Trump and the conservative party of America. Of course, it’s entirely possible that they don’t realize that this is a fake radio station or the context in which it was created.
Even so, they have taken to Twitter to pan this… y’know fake radio station from a streaming TV series. Here is a sampling:
— SocialCommentary (@611601717_) March 10, 2017
What is this Left Wing Loonie #ResistanceRadio nonesense? Are they still resisting facts like Trump is President & Crooked may go 2 prison?
— Veterans Take (@VeteransTake) March 10, 2017
Getting tired of “the resistance”. What are they resisting? They would rather USA fail then admit Trump does anything good. #ResistanceRadio
— Mary Anne ♥️ (@maryannemercog) March 10, 2017
#ResistanceRadio I love all this resistance. Keep it coming. Trump is gonna cruise to a second term.
— Ryan (@RyP1984) March 10, 2017
Well, since Trump has deemed CNN to be “fake news,” maybe his supporters believe this fake radio station is “real?” This reminds me of reading Bizarro comic books from DC. It’s kind of funny how everything is backward, but after a while, my head starts to hurt.
It would be funny if it weren’t so scary that supporters of the current administrations’ ideals are so in line with those of fictional NAZI world-conquerors that they are offended by this fake radio station that voices opinions that are… y’know anti-Nazi!
Well, if your head isn’t shoved too far up your conservative ass, Resistance Radio is available to stream now, as are ‘The Man In The High Castle’ Seasons One and Two, on Amazon Prime. A third season should arrive sometime this year, most likely next winter in keeping with the winter releases of the first two.
So… Nazis? Yea or nay?