The Handmaid's Tale
Hulu's award-winning adaptation of Margaret Atwood's seminal work is rich in both imagery and messaging as it tells the tale of Gilead, a theocratic state carved from the ashes of a war-torn America. Our protagonist is Offred, and this is, indeed, her tale.
As our good doctors are both avid consumers of fiction, as well as experts on narratives of imprisonment and religiosity, we wanted to take the space to discuss each episode. Below you'll find links to our coverage. Want to join the conversation? We'd love that - contact us here.
In this episode, we're introduced to Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss - who will always be Zoey Bartlet in our hearts) and we begin to see the world of Gilead.
Offred and Ofglen go shopping, Ofwarren has her baby (or not her baby, depending), and we learn that the Commander really likes to play Scrabble.
We finally get some insights into Gilead was created, learn a new phrase for the LGBTQ community - "gender traitor", and see exactly how closely menstruation is monitored.
Offred discovers a message carved into the closet, we learn about an aborted escape attempt involving Moira and June, and get trained on The Ceremony.
Serena Joy offers Nick as an alternative sperm donor, we learn how June and Luke met, and hear about the Mayday movement.
The Mexican Ambassador comes to town and we learn so much more about Serena Joy, and subsequently, the mental beginnings of Gilead.
We see what Luke has been up to since he was separated from June and Hannah, plus some other details of life for those resisting Gilead.
The episode takes us to Gilead's secret brothel, which is of course called Jezebels, where we meet up with Moira again! Serena Joy also gives Offred a significant gift, but not necessarily a nice one.
Episode 9: The Bridge
We follow the story of Jeanine (Ofwarren/Ofdaniel) to it's tragic conclusion, Moira resists resisting but comes through in the end, and Serena makes an unpleasant discovery.
Episode 10: Night
In the season finale, Moira heads North and Mrs. Waterford gets the blame and lashes out. June gets a dose of hope which leads to some serious repercussions.
We discuss angering religious rhetoric, the beauty of women's voices, and the power of the many.