(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

The Handmaid’s Tale is at a turning point. Not just in its dour mood, but also in the actions and agency of all of its characters — from our intrepid hero June (Elisabeth Moss) to her domineering mistress Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski). As glimmers of hope increasingly threaten to crack through the oppressive atmosphere that dominates The Handmaid’s Tale, we see the scales of power begin to tip. Gilead can’t be overturned in one day, but it takes only a few words to start a rebellion.

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(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

Misery porn isn’t a term that I like to throw around lightly, but man, does The Handmaid’s Tale make me want to. I’m running out of synonyms for “bleak” at this point. It’s no surprise that the show’s sophomore season doubled down on the Emmy-nominated first season’s brilliantly bleak reflection of society, but there comes a tipping point when the despair starts to feel hollow. “Seeds” is that tipping point.

The episode is an emotionally taxing jaunt into a world where all the women we’re rooting for are utterly broken and find that there is something lower than rock bottom.

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(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

The Handmaid’s Tale can get bleak, but never has it been so devastatingly cruel as it was in “Baggage.” That’s because the third episode of season 2 offered a resource that is progressively rare in Hulu’s dystopian series: hope. The Handmaid’s Tale dangled hope in front of us and June (Elisabeth Moss), only to rudely snatch it away at the last minute — in a distressing, infuriating sequence that will burn in my memory for the remainder of the season.

“Baggage” is a potent, powerful episode that briskly moves June’s story along, though it stalls when it comes to other characters. That’s all for the better, as June finds herself at the biggest crossroads of her life since fleeing the Commander’s house.

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(We’re going to kickstart our weekly The Handmaid’s Tale review by answering one simple question: Who suffered the most?)

Praise be, The Handmaid’s Tale is back. Who’s ready for some soul-crushing entertainment?

The second season of the harrowing Hulu series returned yesterday with a two-episode premiere, “June,” and “Unwoman.” I’ll be recapping the events of both in my first weekly spoiler review of this season (though check out my spoiler-free review of season 2 as well). Season 2 is off to a strong start with the almost sadistically cruel season 2 premiere, featuring two of the strongest actresses on the show flexing their dramatic chops in a series of sadistic narrative twists.

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The latest The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 trailer is burning with rage, desperation, and unease for the desperate characters in the harrowing Hulu dystopian series. And also literal fire. Lots of fire.

But there’s one area where the latest Handmaid’s Tale trailer can lift your spirits: Offred/June (Elisabeth Moss) looks like she’s going to be fine. The season 1 finale left us uncertain as to what June’s fate was going to be, but this season 2 trailer gives us a glimpse at June’s escape from the Commander’s house and her taste of freedom.  Read More »

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How do you follow up the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale, the haunting, utterly crushing sci-fi series that swept the Golden Globes and Emmy’s after its 2017 premiere on Hulu? By upping the stakes and upping the discomfort.

The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 trailer offers us a brief glimpse at Offred (Elisabeth Moss) after her detainment by the Eyes. Newly pregnant and feeling a revolutionary fervor, things didn’t look good for Offred. But it seems like she is back with a vengeance in season 2 of the critically acclaimed series.

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The Handmaid's Tale Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the first season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.)

There’s no denying that The Handmaid’s Tale is powerful. Its story of a distinctly American dystopia in which women’s rights are oppressed and their bodily autonomy is stolen by a totalitarian government is gripping and timely, with more real-world implications by the minute. But it is a TV show, and “powerful” can only take a series so far.

The Hulu show inevitably had to make some deviations from the Margaret Atwood novel upon which its based, transforming The Handmaid’s Tale from a dismal cautionary tale into a more conventional, hopeful sci-fi thriller. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it presents a whole new host of problems for the show to deal with in its confirmed second season.

Spoilers ahead for the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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The first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale are harrowing to watch. Not because they contain the systematic rape of women, nor is it the violent realization of misogyny and the patriarchy that is the dystopic Republic of Gilead. It’s because the story by Margaret Atwood — originally written in 1985 — is so alarmingly prescient and timely in its reflection of today’s political climate.

That’s right, we’re going political with this article. But The Handmaid’s Tale — with its depiction of a totalitarian theocracy that actively represses women and minorities’ rights — demands a political reading, especially after that fateful November 8, 2016 Election Day that pushed America one step closer to the terrifying not-too-distant future of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Gilmore Girls A Year In The Life Trailer

For some, the return of Gilmore Girls is bigger than Batman v Superman or Captain America vs. Iron Man. For everyone else, you might be interested to know that the first trailer for the Netflix revival of the show, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, features a little joke about the former of those big screen superhero battles, albeit at the expense of Ben Affleck.

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Melissa McCarthy returning to Gilmore Girls

Within the past five years, since the release of Bridesmaids, actress Melissa McCarthy has become a huge star. But before that, she already had a lucrative career as Sookie St. James on the family drama series Gilmore Girls. The series ran from 2000 on The WB and stuck with the network when it turned into The CW until it was canceled after its seventh season in 2007, and Melissa McCarthy appeared in all 153 episodes.

However, even though production us underway on a four-part revival of Gilmore Girls on Netflix, McCarthy hadn’t yet been confirmed to reprise her role alongside stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. But that changed yesterday as McCarthy revealed that she had finalized details to make an appearance on the show. Find out more about Melissa McCarthy returning to Gilmore Girls below. Read More »