So this weekend Alexa Davalos Web celebrated 11 years online! Can you believe it!? I have never had a website this long and I have loved every minute of working on this one. It seems like just yesterday I was opening a fansite on the amazing Alexa after becoming an insta-fan of her work on Angel and Reunion. From there my admiration and adoration for her and her craft just grew and 11 years have gone by. I want to thank all the lovely Alexa fans who visit the site regularly throughout the years and have shared photos, fan art, and fangirl chatted with me! Thanks for visiting my site! To celebrate this milestone (11 is one of my favorite numbers!) I’ve given the website a brand new design with a matching one at the gallery as well. I thought using old photos and her most recent photo shoot was a nice little touch in commemorating this little milestone. I hope you all like it.
I’ve begun to get the gallery up to date. Check out Alexa’s recent appearance earlier this month with the cast at a Q & A session. I’ve also added a bunch of additions to past events, various magazine scans (thanks to Alikat), and The Man in the High Castle stills, promos, and behind the scenes. Check back for more.
• 2015 SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening And Q & A
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Premiere: New York
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Premiere: London
• 2015 TCA Summer Tour
• Magazine: Ciak
• Magazine: Popcorn
• Magazine: Sci Fi Now
• Magazine: The Hollywood Reporter
• The Man In The High Castle: Promotional Episode Stills
• The Man In The High Castle: Cast Promotional Images
• The Man in the High Castle: Behind the Scenes (Unsorted)
Amazon is high on The Man in the High Castle.
The streamer has renewed the dystopian drama for a 10-episode second season less than a month after the first season’s premiere.
Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, presents an alternate history where the United States has lost World War II. Set in the 1960s, the West Coast is occupied by Imperial Japan and the East Coast is controlled by Nazi Germany. The series, which is written by Frank Spotnitz (X-Files), stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell and Joel de la Fuente. Spotnitz, Ridley Scott and Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett executive produce.
The pilot for Man in the High Castle was the most-watched pilot in Amazon history, studio chief Roy Price said in February when announcing the pickup of the series. The 10-episode first season premiered in full to Amazon Prime members on Nov. 20.
Amazon came under fire in November after it wrapped the seats on a New York City 42nd Street shuttle train in symbols of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. The ads were ultimately removed in late November.
Please check back as I have many more updates to come to the site before the new year!
The world can be a dark, dark place at times, but it’s even darker in Philip K. Dick’s disturbingly dystopian novel, The Man in the High Castle, wherein the Axis powers won World War II and America finds itself divided under the rule of The Nazis in the East and Japan in the West.
Dick’s chilling themes are both explored and expanded upon in the Amazon Original series The Man in the High Castle, whose entire first 10-episode season is streaming now on Amazon, and it’s free for Amazon Prime subscribers.
The show’s simmer-to-a-boil plot structure lends itself to can’t-help-it binge-watching, and with that, it also brings forth a score of hot-button and quite contemporary cultural issues — none of which are lost on series creator and showrunner Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). “The reason to do this series is to reflect on the world we live in now,” he says. “The subject matter is really challenging. It’s difficult, and it risks offending a lot of people too.”
Spotnitz realizes he has a deep responsibility to examine all sides of the racial divisiveness inherent in this world. “I’ve been really sensitive to that, and tried to be as thoughtful as I can,” he continues. “This is a fiction show, but when you’re dealing with Nazi-ism and the extermination of Jews and blacks — people take this very personally.
“I’m also aware there are people out there who may be rooting for the wrong side in the show. It’s a tough balance, because I want to humanize these people. Too often we look at them and go, ‘Oh, those Nazis over there; they’re the bad guys.’ In this show, most of the Nazis have American accents, and you realize they weren’t all psychopaths. Most of them were normal people who somehow got persuaded to do really terrible, terrible things. And that makes us very uncomfortable. That’s what the show’s really about.”
Digital Trends sat down with Spotnitz and key members of The Man in the High Castle cast at the New York Comic Con last month to discuss how best to watch the show, its deepening cultural impact, and what its future may hold.
Frank Spotnitz (creator and showrunner): I’d say watch it on the biggest TV or the best monitor you can get. It’s beautifully lit by our cinematographers. It’s dark and it’s shot in 4K ultra-high resolution, so if you’re watching on a not-very-good screen, it’s not the best way to look at it.
I assume people will watch it in a relatively short period of time. In the streaming environment, you could watch the whole show in a day if you’re up for it, so I haven’t plotted it like I would a typical television series — with the expectations that there’s going to be a week between viewings. It’s really like one story, told over 10 hours. And Season 2 will be the same, when it happens.
Alexa Davalos (Juliana Crane, freedom seeker): Watch it in whatever way you want. That’s the beauty of these things nowadays — you don’t have to be at home on a Friday at 5 o’clock to watch it. You can have it on the go, you can watch it on a plane, or you can have it in your pocket. To have that access to this world — on any device at any time, at any place — is really beautiful.
I’m a massive bookworm and I know a lot of people who don’t read as much anymore; they watch television in the way that we would read a book. This show — it’s the modern-day novel, in a sense. People are watching as many episodes as they want, just as they would read as many chapters as they want.
Davalos: I don’t know… To each their own, I think. It does have those qualities that make you want to press that button and see what happens next. That’s the beauty of it. To savor it and stretch it out would be quite cool as well, I think, yeah.
Spotnitz: Some of the early concept art I got sent was for beer, pretzels, and hot dogs, and I went, “No no no no — that’s not what this is about.” There’s nothing wrong with beer and hot dogs (chuckles), but this is about fascist values in our country.
So what are the signs? The Nazis would have been about agriculture and industry, and state control. You look at Times Square today or in the ’60s, and it’s about capitalism and all its glory. Right? Chaotic capitalism. This world is something else, and that’s the kind of thing I’m looking for in the show.
What’s the difference between us and them, and why does it matter? What do we stand for? Who are we? We’re so angry with each other right now. The left and the right are so polarized and so rigid, and so far apart. But the one thing everybody can agree on is: We don’t want to be occupied by Nazis. We can all agree we’re against Nazis, right?
There are scenes in the show where you go, “I almost agree with that, with what that guy is saying — but I don’t!” Why not? That’s exciting to me.
Davalos: It’s so surreal, but the most surreal moment is how normal it was, because we’re so immersed in what we’re doing. That world is what we lived and breathed for six months. But now that we’ve had time to step back from it, we think, “My God, it’s shocking.” It was normal to see all that every day — but it’s not normal, you know what I mean?
The scope of the sets, and the detail, was perfect to period. I’ve never seen that before in my life — that level of attention. There was no “mock” anything. It was just magic. Everything was so visceral and palpable that it didn’t allow room for questioning.
Qualls: Those images are not a stunt. They’re the things that exist in this world. Otherwise, the show would be 20 minutes long. The subject matter is heavy.
Shooting the pilot was interesting because the iconography of all the Nazi stuff is really jarring. After a while, it just becomes part of your “normal,” and then it’s all about playing the story. We’re doing something good and different, and I hope that we don’t fuck it up. And I hope people embrace it.
De la Fuente: When you see Japanese soldiers wearing that uniform with that armband, there’s a visceral reaction — and we welcome that. We want people to have whatever feeling they’ll have there. And the hope is, through specific characters, if we do our jobs well and we create realistic, complex characters, we’ll slowly start to challenge your ideas about what’s good and what’s bad, and hopefully pull you into an interesting mix of gray.
We have to live life with the feeling of some sort of inevitability to our lives, but this show challenges that, which makes it sort of exciting. It’s not so inevitable. There is a collective sense that we’ve created something that’s really interesting. We feel like we have our finger on the pulse of something that should be part of a national or global conversation where people will be entertained and engaged, and want to talk about it.
How long do you see the show running?
Davalos: Frank is a genius at serialized television. He knows exactly how little to expose, and how much. It’s been a very slow build, and that’s very much his intention. We’ve sort of pulled the thread, and it’s unraveling slowly, slowly. He wants it to go on for a very long time, so we have to stretch those unveilings as long as we can.
Spotnitz: I was originally thinking three to five years, but now I’m thinking more. The more you think about the show, it’s about the whole world. If they give me the money, I could go anywhere.
I don’t know how long it will run, but I know where it ends. I know what’s going to happen to Juliana in the end, but I don’t know anything else. There are many, many things to talk about.
I’ve come across many more videos of Alexa promoting The Man In The High Castle. Check them out below.
• The Man In The High Castle: Behind The Scenes Featurette #2
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Interview #6 (EuroNews)
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Interview #7 (Hey You Guys)
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Interview #8 (Red Carpet News TV)