TV Recommendation: The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-)

TV Recommendation: The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-)

Quote from The Handmaid’s Tale by Commander Waterford: “Thank you.  We will certainly discuss the issue seriously.”


The Handmaid’s Tale is an adaptation from Margaret’s Atwood’s book with the same title.  This show is about living in an autocracy where “families” are limited in their freedoms and bound by laws rooted in religious doctrine.  The different strata found in Gilead often live their days without deviation and as they go through the motions it’s the same events happening over and over again.  It becomes clear to the handmaids, whose only responsibility is to give birth to healthy babies, have little resources offered to them. Therefore, they can and do turn on each other, as well as finding it difficult to know who to trust.  Much of the show’s appeal is rooted in the common human desires we all have, and throughout the two seasons the abundant lack of compassion and tolerance doesn’t hurt either.  Viewers want to see inside the workings of Gilead.  They want to witness the brazenness of the people who follow willingly the rules in Gilead in order to understand it.  They want to see how well those who serve the wealthy are able to cope and survive the demands placed on them.  The weaving of backstory, sometimes lengthy but necessary, allows you to better understand the current events happening.  The power struggle is real between the have and have nots, and the line is not so clearly defined as you might think.  As the viewer you want to sympathize with certain characters over other ones, and reminded that not all bad people are bad and not all good people are good.  If you’re not hooked by the first two episodes, then this probably isn’t your kind of show.  It stars Elisabeth Moss, Max Minghella, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, O-T Fagbenle, and Alexis Wiley.  It has guest roles superbly done by Marisa Tomei, John Caroll Lynch, and Cherry Jones.  It’s an MGM production.  It had the release date of April 26, 2017.  The rating is TV-MA for sex/nudity, violence/gore, profanity/alcohol/drugs/smoking, and frightening/intense scenes.  Each episode has a running time of 60 minutes.  The third season will be ready for viewing in 2019.   I can’t wait.


Pisaries Creator rates The Handmaid’s Tale at 97%.


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