The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story.

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ArapahoeAngelina Jul 09, 2018

The "Handmaid's Tale" is very depressing and some times hard to watch, but at the same time so good. It has been a great discussion starter when talking with family and friends. I could not stop watching this show and I am looking forward for Season 2!

Jiminey Cricket! This is one deeply disturbing series that is more relevant and creepy than ever. Inspired by the classic novel, this series takes it further and deeper (with author M. Atwood as a consultant). When it was written 30+ years ago, it seemed futuristically dystopic. Now, in Trump's America, it seems all to terrifyingly possible.

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lavasushi
Jun 16, 2018

This is certainly an Elizabeth Moss vehicle. She can look sad, disappointed, curious, deflated, furious and much more! Not sure it made a lot of sense, but it won a lot of awards. A depressing, harsh, onerous society that oppresses women. That’s not a new story.

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Jodi13
Jun 11, 2018

Read the book first. If you started watching it without reading the book I think it would be rather confusing. If you like feminist dystopian (which I realize isn't for everyone) you'll probably really get into this. It's about 9 hours long and the first 2-3 hours dragged, but by the 4th hour I was hooked.

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BlueHippo
Jun 08, 2018

I read the book and was not at all impressed by that. But the series has gotten so many awards that I thought I would check it out. I will say, this series is much better than the book-easier to follow and to understand what's going on in the series. I also like that they are able to develop some of the minor characters more fully in the series. I will watch the second season when it comes out on DVD.

It's good, but not as good as MR. ROBOT, for instance, another present-age dystopia. I never read the Margaret Atwood novel. So I don't know how faithful this series is to the book. The Religious Right seemed much more threatening in the 1980s. Organized religion is evaporating quickly in the Western world. Racism -- white supremacy -- is the foundation of the right today, not evangelical Christianity. That's why I thought it curious that the foot soldiers of Gilead are presented as both black and lily white. The religious fundamentalists who rule are apparently colorblind. Another curious thing about Gilead is how eco-conscious it is. Pride over a small carbon footprint is not something one usually associates with hard-right Christians. The music is good -- Nina Simone , cello compositions by Hildur Guðnadóttir, Tom Petty -- and so is the acting. A complaint -- flashbacks need to be pared back as a narrative tool.

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robsuka
Jun 04, 2018

it's only fair, I don't know how many football games she's watched with me with her eyes glazed over, but this was sooo long. and now I have to prepare for the sequel where my presence will no doubt be mandatory. I must endure "nolite te bastardes carborundorum!"

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Ron@Ottawa
May 23, 2018

Another story set in a future, oppressive society where religious fanaticism makes life hell for most of its citizens. My problem is the total lack of credibility of a story of this nature. And I do not see the reasons for all the accolades heaped on this series. My wife likes the story more so than me, though. I personally was not interested enough to finish it.

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maipenrai
Apr 15, 2018

The Handmaid's Tale is so well done that it is painful to watch. That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but Elizabeth Moss and all the victims of this inhuman system do such a marvelous job depicting the despair and abuses that you cannot help but empathize with them and cheer for any small victory. You find yourself feeling the paranoia of whom to trust, if anyone and the joy of old friendships and loves that are the only sources of hope.
The amazing mind control theme reminded me of 1984's Big Brother and the Nazi regime's terror and atrocities. What makes it all the more disturbing is that all abuses are done in the name of god. I highly recommend the series, but warn that the story is both mesmerizing and terrifying. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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jimg2000
Mar 29, 2018

Read the book years ago and watched the 1990 feature film with Natasha Richardson as Offred, Robert Duvall as Commander and Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy etc. In this TV series, the only standout actor was Elisabeth Moss as Offred. Personally, Margaret Atwood's 1985 story premise was groundbreaking and remotely conceivable then but outright dubious in 2018. Speed watched the remaining episodes as the producers annoyingly stretched out scene after scene from the film's 109 minutes to nearly 9 hours, punctuated occasionally with "inner dialogues" from Offred.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 23, 2018

Sexual Content: Sexual scenes with brief nudity.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 23, 2018

Violence: Scenes of violence and amputation.

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