Who would’ve thought you could achieve characters with moral ambiguity in a setting as supposedly clear-cut evil as a Nazi-dominated world? Well, in this second season, they’ve done that with practically the entire ensemble! The standouts are definitely the driving forces of Juliana Crane (Alexa Davalos) – who’s constantly pushed to betray multiple sides, leaving her unsure of which one she should be on – and, more so for me, Obergruppenführer John Smith (the impeccable Rufus Sewell) – who’s put in the position where his family could be jeapordised by the very ideology of the empire he has a part in running.
Outside of those key players, there is a rich ensemble to cherry-pick favourites. On the Japanese Pacific end of the States, Chief Inspector Kido (Joel de la Fuente) is put through a fantastic crisis of priorities, whilst also having the smoothest voice of anyone on the show. Then, the character with the most obscure journey is Trade Minister Tagomi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), whose spiritual venture to elsewhere soon manifests as one of the most important cogs in the machine.
What could’ve been no more than an interesting idea-turned-miserable look into a darker world is elevated to an exciting piece of drama, which both thrills and still saddens you by the tragedy of its entire concept. However, to end on generic satirical commentary, it does leave much to think about when it comes to our present political climate.
You can stream both seasons on Amazon now.