The Handmaid’s Tale: My Thoughts

I was SO excited that season 2 of The Handmaid’s Tale just came out on Hulu.

I finished it in 2 days.

And now I’m devastated. I’m in a show-hole.

This is one of the few times I’ve actually watched a series (or movie for that matter) BEFORE reading the book. I’ve just ordered the book and am very anxiously awaiting its arrival. I simply couldn’t wait for the next season to find out what happens.

I have to say I’ve been pretty impressed with most Hulu original series, and this was definitely no exception.

This show got me from the very first scene in season 1. It was shocking and engaging. The scariest thing about this show (and book)? After reading interviews with the book’s author, Margaret Atwood, she explains that she didn’t make up a single idea in the book. Every last grotesque idea is something that has already occurred throughout human history. Wow. And here I was thinking I could see this actually happening in the future.

**Alert: there may be a couple minor spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review without any**

I love the fact that this show explores many different types of relationships – straight, gay, interracial, traditional, modern, religious-based, you name it. I also like the fact that it is based off of the growing problem of infertility which is something I can relate to personally. It is amazing how many aspects of this show are relate-able despite being so “out there.”

This show can be really hard to watch sometimes. I found myself going between “You go girl! Tell them!” and “Good grief. Just do what they tell you for now so you won’t get hurt again.” It is absolutely infuriating, but that is what makes the show SO good.

The show is also raw. They illustrate everything and leave nothing to the imagination. It’s painful. You watch every last rape, humiliation, and mutilation. It is a show you want to watch after the kids go to bed.

Relationships – this is another one that puts you on an emotional SeeSaw. I just really don’t know anymore whether I want Offred (June) to be with her husband, Luke, or to run away with the Eye, Nick. I also don’t know if I wanted her to get away with her new baby to her husband or if I am happy that she stays for her other child, Hannah. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO ME HULU?

Let’s get a conversation started. I would love to hear what your favorite and least favorite parts of the series are so far, what you think about the book versus the show, and what your opinions are on the aspects I’ve brought up. Thanks for reading 🙂

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