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Season Review: Handmaid’s Tale- Season 2

Jul 11, 2018

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

For those who love to read, this series is based on: "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985) by Margaret Atwood.

Okay, so I went there! I gave Season 2 a thumbs down. I understand she felt the need to place her children's needs and those of the women before herself. But really?!?!  

It's an emotional thumbs down. I'm not happy with the ending, but I actually think the season was a hit.  You'll understand once you watch. 

The entire season was one huge "what the hell" moment. In a good way, but the ending left me feeling a certain way. The episodes were relentless this season. I couldn't wait for the following week. Those who delay their viewing pleasure until the season has ended, props to you. I couldn't wait. Season 1 had left me in quite the state of disarray. Season 2 held me transfixed. Aunt Lidia's ability to alter between human and terror keeps you on your toes. Not a dull moment this entire season. I have a friend that stopped watching because she fears Aunt Lidia. True story. 

The women of this theonomic world blindly follow the men, at times with such a level of abysmal ignorance. It was painful to watch. We saw transformation, manipulation, cruelty, and love rise above the horrors of servitude and resignation. This morbid world will have you clenching your fist and mumbling obscenities, especially if you're a woman. Characters of the Gilead world come alive. We start to see the veneer of fanatics begin to peel away, exposing untapped, malevolent natures. Monsters become pawns in this emotional roller coaster of a show. The weak find their power, and the mighty fall. Color and music allow a deeper connection for the viewers to evolve. The most chilling scene this season had to be the abuse at the hands of another woman. But things are beginning to change. There is nothing a mother will not do for her child.

You will have to watch, but be prepared for the ending. Oh, and you'll see it coming. You will see it in her eyes in those final moments. I can't wait to see what happens in Season 3.

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