Monday, October 10, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 5, Episode 5 “Fairytale” (B+)

One of the things that has always fascinated me about this show is the way that its world changed and how its systems of government and international relations are set up. It’s astonishing that Luke and June were simply able to walk across to get to Gilead, though they were greeted by the horrific sight of a body hanging with a sign that read “rapist,” which June clarified wouldn’t have been Gilead’s handiwork. It’s been such a different existence for June up in Canada, and now that they’ve been taken following their escort blowing himself up on a mine, I can’t imagine anything good awaits them. Fortunately, Joseph and Nick are both high-placed and might be able to intervene to protect her, but Warren showing up on Joseph’s phone call with Serena suggests that the eternally sarcastic, nonconforming strategist may be losing his grip. Having the Gilead Information Center repurposed as a fertility center is a smart idea to give Gilead good press, reminiscent of when the ambassador from Mexico couldn’t help June because they needed help with their birth rates. Serena continues to see how the existence that she has in Canada is not indicative of actual freedom, and the apparently wonderful Mr. Wheeler confirmed that by emphasizing that the baby’s needs come ahead of her own - a clear reflection of pro-life attitudes in today’s real world - and that she wouldn’t actually be able to have any part in implementing the plan she had conceived of and suggested in the first place.

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