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Title: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Viin on May 02, 2017, 05:20:12 PM
On Hulu.

I've only watched one episode so far, but it seems to be very close to the books. Anyone else watching?


Title: Re: Handmaiden's Tale
Post by: Tale on May 02, 2017, 10:24:32 PM
It's called The Handmaid's Tale, not Handmaiden's. I haven't watched yet, but I will.

Sci-fi scenario: Dystopian future USA ruled by totalitarian religious zealots, where human fertility has become rare. Women have no rights, and fertile women are kept as property (handmaids) by the wealthy male rulers: Trailer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJTonrzXTJs&t).


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on July 26, 2017, 09:52:01 PM
Finished this. It's great.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Korachia on July 27, 2017, 02:23:33 AM
Yeah it's very decent entertainment.

My girlfriend really digs it, because of it's very clear political stance, which suits her socialist/feminist worldview. I have to admit that the whole setup sometimes goes a little too much over the top a few times for my taste. Especially the season's ending.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on July 27, 2017, 06:23:48 PM
It's horrifyingly great near-future dystopian sci-fi that is accidentally super-relevant in the Trump era.

Just yesterday, there was a news story about massively declining sperm count in western men, and Trump excluded "gender traitors" (Handmaid's Tale terminology) from the military.

I was more affected by the troubling scenes than my wife, despite the worst things happening to women. In these times, it cuts deep to watch fiction about what the worst men could do with absolute power.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on May 25, 2018, 01:55:36 AM
I've watched the first six episodes of season 2.

It's still amazing. Very gritty and difficult viewing at times, but seriously good dystopian TV drama.

You can't go through grim event after grim event without a payoff at the end... and we got one in episode 6.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Rasix on May 31, 2018, 06:45:06 PM
I've watched the first six episodes of season 2.

It's still amazing. Very gritty and difficult viewing at times, but seriously good dystopian TV drama.

You can't go through grim event after grim event without a payoff at the end... and we got one in episode 6.

That was amazing. Also, the follow up was pretty satisfying as well. The scene in Loaves and Fishes was very touching.

The level of quality that they are maintaining is incredible.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on June 28, 2018, 07:26:46 AM
Episode 11 of season 2 is one of the greatest episodes of television. Gotta win an Emmy.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on July 12, 2018, 08:16:33 AM
Just watched the finale. Was yelling at the TV "FUUUUCK! NO. DON'T! FUUUUCK. DON'T!"


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Cyrrex on September 05, 2019, 12:03:43 PM
Anyone watching season 3?  I continue to be hugely impressed by this show.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on September 08, 2019, 04:40:15 PM
Missed your post until now. Yes I watched season 3 and it ended awesomely.

Seasons 1 and 2 were some of the best TV I've watched. Season 3 was beautifully shot and designed and layered, but the plot meandered all over the place. Sometimes it was like they glued together a series of beautifully made scenes, a bit like a Tarantino movie, and didn't tell enough story between them.

But I am still fully on board. If you're not watching this, it's the epic near-future dystopian sci-fi show you're missing.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Cyrrex on September 09, 2019, 12:01:45 AM
In my mind, I think of this series as "Trump Administration:  the Second Term."

You are right about the meandering plot of S3, but I still thought it was great.  And like at the end of S2, I am left wondering....are they done?  I mean, there is more story left to tell, but....



Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: eldaec on September 09, 2019, 03:13:42 AM
Missed your post until now. Yes I watched season 3 and it ended awesomely.

Seasons 1 and 2 were some of the best TV I've watched. Season 3 was beautifully shot and designed and layered, but the plot meandered all over the place. Sometimes it was like they glued together a series of beautifully made scenes, a bit like a Tarantino movie, and didn't tell enough story between them.

But I am still fully on board. If you're not watching this, it's the epic near-future dystopian sci-fi show you're missing.

To my mind the plot is broken now. The instant retribution visited on extras compared with the Teflon of main characters is starting to show.

But well enough put together that it is great despite this.


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Sir T on September 09, 2019, 04:15:47 AM
Well there is the minor problem that Atwood is publishing a direct sequel to the Handmaids tale book, called The Testaments, tomorrow Sept 10th. That means that the show has gone off in a different direction to the original story.

Now this may or may not create a problem, but it is a factor in that the show will lose its "officialness."


Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: Tale on September 09, 2019, 09:11:46 AM
Well there is the minor problem that Atwood is publishing a direct sequel to the Handmaids tale book, called The Testaments, tomorrow Sept 10th. That means that the show has gone off in a different direction to the original story.

Now this may or may not create a problem, but it is a factor in that the show will lose its "officialness."

It won't because Atwood herself is on board with MGM and Hulu and they have just announced a Testaments TV adaptation.

In interviews last week, she said the show sometimes frustrates her and she yells at the showrunners. She said that the plot cannot have June staying in Gilead much longer. Showrunner Bruce Miller has said they will combine the two worlds.



Title: Re: Handmaid's Tale
Post by: eldaec on September 09, 2019, 02:49:40 PM
I mean, OK, but the plot also cannot take June out of Gilead.