Saturday, May 29, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4, Episode 7 “Home” (B+)

The idea of June getting out of Gilead always seemed so unlikely, and there were three times where it almost happened – at the end of season one, the end of season two, and the time in between when she was on a plane that wasn’t able to take off – but she was never quite this close, or so out of it to not realize what was happening. I’m sure there is a part of her that feels as if she’s betrayed the people she left behind, not just Hannah but Janine and all the other handmaids who might be made to suffer because of her actions, but it’s likely that she can do more good from the outside as a living witness to all the horrors that continue to transpire in Gilead. Her readjustment to being with Luke and even just in a supermarket where she could pick her own bag of chips was stark and difficult, and the sight of a hijab was enough to make her believe for a moment that she was looking at a handmaid. She was able to laugh as Moira declared a “Lydia-free zone” before she found out about Serena, something that was bound to come up eventually. That confrontation was harsh and unforgiving, and wishing a miscarriage on her was even worse than the punishment I thought she would propose – that her child be taken from her and raised by someone else. She’s determined and now she’s working directly with Mark, and I’m eager to see what change she’s able to accomplish now that she once again has resources and power.

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