Saturday, May 22, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4, Episode 6 “Vows” (B+)

I was startled to see that this episode was only thirty-eight minutes long, even though that’s close to the length of an average installment of a network drama. I appreciate the fact that, with streaming television, things are only as short or long as they need to be based on the content, and some narratives just don’t take up the same amount of time. The flashbacks in this episode were intriguing because they were very intimate, showing only the relationship between June and Moira and how it was fractured by June’s decision to move in with Luke, something that Moira did not approve of and thought would end badly for her. It’s crazy how insignificant what they were fighting about feels compared to the world in which they now live, where the notion of infidelity would be the worst horror Moira could imagine for June. Years later, Moira has evidently shifted her perspective, and she gave up her own relationship to protect her best friend and ensure that she wouldn’t be sent to certain death. June was ready to turn herself in and be captured so that no one else had to get hurt, but that’s not what happened, and Moira stepped in to make sure that Rachel Smith wasn’t detected. Her reunion with Luke was underwhelming because she was in such a state of shock, and I’m hopeful that she’ll soon get to work using her knowledge of what Gilead is doing to continue fighting, this time from the outside and ensuring that the world knows what this young nation is truly capable of and what they believe about the worth of women.

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