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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You're the Worst season 3 trailer

This summer may have been kind of a stinker movie-wise, but TV-wise there’s been a lot to love. Just in the past few weeks we’ve been obsessing over HBO’s The Night Of and USA’s Mr. Robot, sampling Netflix’s The Get Down and catching upon their Stranger Things and BoJack Horseman. And next week brings the season 3 premiere of FXX’s You’re the Worst, to close out the summer and carry us into fall.

When You’re the Worst first premiered in 2014, it looked like another caustic hangout sitcom a la It’s Always Sunny. But it quickly revealed itself to be something richer and more surprising, honestly grappling with serious material like PTSD and depression without losing its twisted sense of humor. Season 3 promises to pick off right where season 2 left off, which is to say with our four deeply imperfect heroes as hilariously lost as ever. Oh, and it also brings in some promising new characters like Justina, a therapist played by Orange Is the New Black‘s Samira Wiley. Watch the You’re the Worst season 3 trailer below.  Read More »

Orange Is the New Black S3 trailer

Orange Is the New Black returns to Netflix on June 12, and the trailer for the show’s third season has arrived. We see the return of Laura Prepon‘s character (aka “the Bettie Page of Litchfield”) to the inmate roster, there are a few other new faces, and we see the results when Crazy Eyes (Suzanne Warren) makes an effort to write… porn? Sorry, a love story. Check out the Orange Is the New Black S3 trailer below.

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10 Women Who Should Play Captain Marvel

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When we offered you our Captain Marvel primer, we left out one important and obvious question: Who should play Captain Marvel? It’s something we’ll be asking ourselves until Marvel officially confirms a lead. Considering Captain Marvel doesn’t arrive until 2018, that may not be for some time yet. In the meantime, here’s who we’d choose if we had our say. Hit the jump for our Captain Marvel casting picks.

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‘Rob the Mob’ Trailer

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If you want to rob someone for easy money and not have to worry about having the cops on your ass, who’s the best target? The mob probably isn’t the ideal choice because, well, it’s the mob. But for a couple of not-so-bright kids who didn’t think things through, it was enough to think that no one would prosecute them for knocking over a few wise-guy gambling clubs.

Rob the Mob is the story of those kids, played by Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) and Nina Arianda (Midnight in Paris), and follows them as they attract the attention of some naturally pissed-off gangsters, and the cops who realize the kids might be the ticket to a successful legal attack on a crime family. Check out the trailer below. Read More »