The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E13) “The Word”

This is it the season finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But don’t worry, it’ll be back next year. I’m kind of hoping they go back to 10 episodes, I think there wasn’t enough this season to sustain 13 episodes. There was too much filler. When the episode opens, we’re at the Waterfords, and June and…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E12) “Postpartum”

The penultimate episode of season 2 picks up some vague amount of time after the episode before. The baby, now named Nicole, is living with the Waterfords. June, as dictated by S.J., is not. She’s living at the Red Center where she is hooked up to a milking machine. Seriously, June has effectively been reduced…

The Hanndmaid’s Tale (S02E11): ‘Holly’

Well, as of this week’s episode, we have a new citizen of the Republic of Gilead. So, um, yay? I guess? In spite of her best efforts, June’s baby wasn’t born safely over the border in Canada. The episode picks up right where last week’s episode left off, which June standing and looking at where…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E10) “The Last Ceremony”

Okay, well, this week’s episode was really tough. I mean, none of them are a piece of cake, it’s just too grim a story to be light viewing, but this episode was harder than most. For those of you who need a trigger warning, we’ll, consider yourself warned. It mostly concerns two shocking events. The…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E09) “Smart Power”

In this week’s episode of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ two worlds collide! Well, that’s a bit melodramatic. They didn’t quite collide, but they did have a rather unpleasant fender bender. Up until now, the Gilead storyline and the Canada one have been running on parallel tracks. Finally, they meet. Waterford tells the household that he will…

The Handmaid’s Tale S02E08

S.J. and June have settled into a pretty cozy routine, working together while listening to music, S.J. doing the writing, June doing the editing. June voiceovers that in a different world, they might have been colleagues, and tells S.J. that she’s a really good writer. I wonder if this surprises June, who probably can’t imagine…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E07) “After”

Well, I’ll give Ofglen 2.0 a posthumous grade of ‘A’ for effort, but ‘C’ for execution (so to speak).  We learn in this week’s episode that 26 Commanders were killed.  That sounds great and all, until you learn that 31 Handmaids were killed. The episode opens with a haunting scene of the funeral.  The coffins…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E06) “First Blood”

I think I’m becoming paranoid.  My first thought when the episode opened was ‘there’s something off about the doctor.’  (Hi Kristian Bruun!  I miss ‘Orphan Black!’). I actually wonder if the medical diagnosis was made up and there was actually something seriously wrong.  Or the sonogram was faked somehow.  (Is that possible?  I have no…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E05) “Seeds”

So, at the halfway point in season 2 of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’ June is MIA and has currently been replaced by Offred the Perfect Handmaid. It’s a bit creepy. Make that very creepy. Aunt Lydia is a frequent visitor to the Waterford house, and being all pregger and obediant, June receives far more benevolent treatment…

The Handmaid’s Tale (S02E03): “Baggage”

The title of this week’s episode is ‘Baggage,’ and boy, is there a lot of that.  Physical baggage.  Psychological baggage.  Emotional baggage.  More psychological baggage.  This episode is brutally manipulative, not unlike Gilead itself.  By the end of the hour, I was screaming at the screen.  But, I get ahead of myself. The episode picks…