Praise be, The Handmaid’s Tale is coming back for another season. Hulu has greenlit The Handmaid’s Tale season 3, renewing the soul-crushing, Emmy-winning series just after the streaming service hit a whopping 20 million U.S. subscribers. Read More »
This is what creative freedom looks like. The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 has the heavy burden of striking out beyond Margaret Atwood’s book upon which it’s based — a book that, with its bleak open ending — didn’t provide much of a path for the Hulu series to follow. And it was unclear whether showrunner Bruce Miller would be capable of guiding the series beyond its Emmy-winning first season, even as the writers planted the seeds of revolution within Atwood’s familiar story beats.
But there’s no reason to be worried. The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is a laser-focused improvement upon its stunning, if uneven, first season.
Below, read our spoiler-free The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 review.
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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 »
The Handmaid’s Tale made a huge splash in its first season, racking up eight Emmys, two Golden Globe wins, and three Critics Choice awards. All eyes are on the harrowing Hulu series about a near-future dystopia where women have been stripped of all their rights. But the series has doubly daunting task for its second season. Not only will it have to maintain the momentum of its acclaimed first season, it will have to venture out beyond Margaret Atwood‘s masterful 1985 novel.
Showrunner Bruce Miller has near-complete creative freedom for The Handmaid’s Tale season 2, which just debuted its first look. The first images from season 2 hint at what will happen to Elisabeth Moss‘ June, and where her rebellious actions have left her fellow Handmaids.
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(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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Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Elisabeth Moss is entering the brave new world of streaming television. The Mad Men and Top of the Lake actress is set to star in an adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale, which has already received a straight-to-series order at Hulu. Read More »