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Then there's the Bible, which has apparently been successfully eradicated from American society — to the point where it's not even safe to own one in the neutral zone.

(Historically, the Nazis couldn't even succeed in replacing the Church in Germany, let alone stamp out the world's most popular book.) As we learn that, we also see a Nazi spy casually playing "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday — a far more rebellious message in this context.

Too much of the script makes about as much logical sense as fascist ideology.

The first and major problem is the Mac Guffin, a film nerd's term for the object that drives the plot.

They're newsreels of footage from our world, the one in which the Allies won the war; the newsreels are marked with a bible quote, "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy." When we see them, all we see are choppy images — G. We know what these images mean without any narrative. "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy" was in Dick's version, too — it was an alternate history book within an alternate history book that imagined the Allies winning the war.

In the TV show, however, multiple characters have seen the newsreels and instantly believed in their reality for no real reason that the show cares to explain.

It simply has Juliana Crain, the first to discover the footage, say "I know things can be better" any time she's asked.

Many scenes, especially those inside the Japanese government building, simply risk boring us to tears — not to mention the caricature of a drawling western bounty hunter who shows up in Canon City for a couple of episodes. I'm not sure if you knew this, but life under them is grim.

Our protagonists fail to kill him several times when they have the chance. The show goes to extreme lengths to tell us this (rather than show us), to keep its tone dark and its characters constantly sad.

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