The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale was a perfect storm; a president unpopular with certain portions of the populace (and the media) with the amplification of social media has given people any number of pop culture motifs to compare the climate of this culture. Handmaid’s Tale was already in production and felt appropriate in the post-Trump atmosphere of creativity (or lack thereof, depending on your vantage point).
The first season of the show followed through the novel and with strong viewing numbers on Hulu, where it resides exclusively, a second season was a no brainer. But something charming happened on the way: the show became a pop culture icon for a lot of wrong reasons too. A sexy Handmaid’s tale Halloween outfit and a themed wine are among the many things that have come out of the show’s success.
The second season? It’s another season of misery porn for those who enjoy that sort of thing.
We go from bleak to bleaker this time around. Offred (Elisabeth Moss) goes through her pregnancy, spared after the events of the first season. We follow her pregnancy throughout the series as well as the side plotline of Emily (Alexis Biedel) is sent into the world and we see the results of the war that created Gilead.
The show’s a hard view, and especially a tough one to binge, because of how bleak it is. If there ever was a show that actually deserved a slow burn, television style weekly release it’s this one because it gets so dark so often. It’s still not that good, either.
Nothing of substance.
MGM presents The Handmaid’s Tale. Starring Elizabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Biedel. Run Time: 525 minutes. Not Rated. Released on 12.4.18
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