Saturday, October 29, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 5, Episode 8 “Motherland” (B+)

This episode provided a helpful clarification to the unexpected bonding between June and Serena in a moment of crisis in the previous hour, with June haughtily expressing that it seemed like she was the better Christian since she was capable of turning the other cheek. Serena’s belief that she is not a handmaid and therefore doesn’t deserve the indignity of living in someone else’s house while they raise the baby she birthed shows not only her hypocrisy but also how she still subscribes to the worldview of Gilead even after she’s seen all the terrible things they’ve done. Having to take responsibility for everything and apologize to the Wheelers was difficult, but it’s the same thing June had to do. Joseph’s proposal was an interesting one, and he’s definitely playing the long game of trying to slowly re-civilize Gilead, apparently convinced that the country was headed in a particular direction and he merely provided a pathway to get there. June was ready to go even if Luke wasn’t having any of it, but that footage of Hannah may have changed everything. It’s possible that it was a trap, since we’ve seen devastation crush hope in the past, but the better question is, if Hannah comes to Canada, what happens next? That could be the tie-in with the Canadians protesting for the refugees to leave, but I have to imagine that June won’t go back and fight if she has both of her daughters there with her. I’m worried that tragedy will be a much better motivator.

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