I found it hard to reconcile Moss as "the fictional June/Offred" and Moss as "the real-life Scientologist". The cognitive dissonance caused by the sheer contradiction between the former as the "Church"'s defender/member and the latter as the persecuted, smart, independent woman trapped in Gilead completely sabotaged my viewing experience. This unresolved tension will likely intensify in Season Two. Going clear? Not!
On the importance of feminism. NOLITE TE BASTARDES CARBORUNDORUM. A raw and brilliant 10 hour Masterpiece, as red as blood, as cold as death. With a post-Trump world view, this nightmarish regime seems more real than ever. Watching The Handmaid's Tale you can practically smell and breathe the fear. Mind control, us and them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxXXrLaFLWo
An extraordinary achievement in both narrative and (particularly) production design and cinematography. This is where long-form television comes into itself as a genuine revitalised artform - this is, to all intents and purposes, a 10-hour feature film. I'm starting to come around to the idea that books should never again be adapted for the cinema.
An outstanding achievement. I really hope they leave it as a stand-alone series as it is a fairly authentic adaptation of the dystopian novel. To me, this is what the art of story is all about - uncanny tales that compel a visceral response in the spectator, even if it is a discomfiting experience.
Hulu couldn't have known when they green-lit this that, by the time it came out, the American left would think that even Mike fucking Pence would be a step in the right direction. It's awkward to start, but as the characters become characters and not merely political avatars, the intrigue deepens and it becomes, ya know, good television. A prophesy? It's more a cathartic pastime. But what does that say about 2017?
One of the strongest first season I've seen. "The Handmaid's Tale" is staggeringly beautiful and hauntingly plausible, since some of the ordeals women are put through are happening nowadays in countries around the world. Mrs. Waterford and Aunt Lydia are both so hideous. Praise be the cinematography on this show... and just give Elisabeth Moss all the awards!
With non-novel lines like "I kind of want to tell her that I sincerely believe that Ofglen is a pious little shit with a broomstick up her ass." it's impossible to think for one second this was ever lifted from something called literature.