The Handmaid's Tale ends a frustrating season on a frustrating note

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After two seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, many hours of great acting and alternately frustrating and thrilling storytelling, some moments of horror so stark they seem to stop the heart and some so indulgent they seem like punishment for punishment’s sake, the occasional perfect needle-drop and far more imperfect ones,…

The Handmaid’s Tale takes an intriguing left turn at the 11th hour

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There are scenes in “Postpartum,” the penultimate episode of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, that come as a genuine surprise. That surprise isn’t the result of shocks or twists, though there is something a little twisty—or perhaps twisted—about Emily’s first night in the Lawrence household. Instead, the…

Elisabeth Moss anchors a stirring The Handmaid's Tale that nevertheless spins its wheels

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In “Holly,” Elisabeth Moss sweats, grits her teeth, groans, howls, whispers, and weeps. She is a marvel. In a mostly wordless, though not soundless, performance, she pulls the viewer into this haunted house with her. It’s her best work of the season so far, and that is really saying something. Moss makes this sojourn…

How the writer of this week’s Handmaid’s Tale created that topical scene of family separation

It was impossible not to think about what’s happening to immigrants at our country’s southern border when watching this week’s episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. June and her daughter, Hannah, share an all-too-brief reunion that ends with the two ripped apart all over again. It’d be a difficult scene to watch under…

A frustrating Handmaid's Tale gets a bunch of things almost right—and one thing exactly right

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Aunt Lydia, grieving for the loss of women she thinks are children, women she tortures but thinks she nurtures, calls out words that she believes to be names. She weeps, because she believes. She makes it a ritual, the calling of those false names, because she knows rituals have power—to comfort, to manipulate, to…