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

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 Offred (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Serena Joy (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Rita (9 episodes, 2017)
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 The Commander (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Janine (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Luke (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Moira (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Alma (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Ofsamuel (5 episodes, 2017)
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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. Written by grantss

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In an essay that was published in the "New York Times" in March 2017 and also as the new introduction to a 2017 edition of her novel "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood explained that the inspiration for the handmaids' uniforms and especially their face-hiding headdresses "came not only from mid-Victorian costume and from nuns, but from the Old Dutch Cleanser package of the 1940s, which showed a woman with her face hidden, and which frightened me as a child." See more »

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3 June 2017 | by (Montana) – See all my reviews

I was mesmerized by the novel when I first read it. And again when I read it prior to seeing the movie. (A stinker.) And yet again when I heard it was being serialized for the small screen. It is an important work by a master wordsmith. Unfortunately, Atwood's considerable talents couldn't save the movie, and it appears they will be unable to save the serial. She should never have allowed Bruce Miller and MGMTV to extend the project past ten episodes. The impact is lost. The vision becomes obscured. An important piece of literature is exploited for the sake of Twitter memes and political talking points.

There is some value in this, I suppose, in that such exploitation might encourage some substantive dialogue on the topics of feminism, theism and authoritarianism. All of which will probably be more entertaining, and have greater impact, than the entirety of seasons 1 and 2 combined.

Four stars for effort from a talented and committed cast.

Read the book. Please.


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