The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

The Handmaid’s Tale to stream on SBS On Demand []
ONE of the most anticipated TV shows of the year, The Handmaid’s Tale, won’t be broadcast on TV anytime soon. Instead, the entire series will first head to streaming on SBS On Demand on July 6.
It’s a bold move by the public broadcaster who is following the kind of strategy that has served Netflix so well and one designed to attract more viewers to its streaming platform. …

The premise
Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The West Wing), The Handmaid’s Tale is a 10-part series set in a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birth-rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state.
Moss stars as Offred, one of the few remaining fertile women, a woman forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead – with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her. [1]

SBS On Demand – Season 1 contains 10 episodes

[1] The Handmaid’s Tale is coming to Australia on SBS On Demand (2017-Jun-26) [SBS]
[2] The Handmaid’s Tale (TV Series 2017– ) [IMMDB]
[3] The Handmaid’s Tale (TV series) [Wikipedia]
[4] The Handmaid’s Tale: episode by episode [The Guardian]
[5] The Handmaid’s Tale [AV Club]

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2 Responses to The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 1

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale s01e01 Offred
    A woman flees from a group of men with guns, but she is captured and separated from her young daughter; her husband is seemingly killed. This woman is known as Offred, a handmaid to Commander Fred Waterford. Offred goes grocery shopping with her companion Ofglen. On the way home, they pass by a wall of men who have been hanged for committing crimes (such as being gay, working in an abortion clinic, and being Catholic).[2] In a flashback, various women are indoctrinated into their handmaid roles by Aunt Lydia, who tells them about declining birth rates and that they are “special”, serving a Biblical purpose. Offred enters the room and notices Moira, a woman she knew from college. One of the women in the class, Janine, talks back to Lydia and is shocked with a cattle prod. Later, Janine is revealed to have been punished by having her right eye removed. In the present, Commander Waterford tries to impregnate Offred as she lies in the lap of his wife, Serena Joy. The next day, all the handmaids gather in an open field where Lydia announces a man has raped a pregnant handmaid. As punishment, the handmaids are allowed to beat the man to death. Offred hears from Janine that Moira is dead. On the way home, Ofglen tells Offred that she had a wife and son, and warns her there is an Eye (a secret spy) in her house. Through voiceover, Offred reveals her true name, June, and that she intends to survive to find her daughter.

    ❝A window with white curtains. The glass is shatterproof, but it isn’t running away that they’re afraid of. A Handmaid wouldn’t get far. It’s those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself given a cutting edge or a twisted shape and a chandelier. It’s harder on Ceremony Day, but thinking can hurt your chances. My name is Offred. I had another name, but it’s forbidden now. So many things are forbidden now.❞

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  2. The Handmaid’s Tale s01e02 Birth Day
    Offred and Ofglen go shopping and they reveal more personal information about themselves to each other. While they are walking, Offred and Ofglen see St. Paul Catholic Church, the local church they belonged to, being destroyed by the new régime. Ofglen tells Offred that the régime also bulldozed St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan to try to “erase” the fact that it ever existed; Offred asks how Ofglen knows this information and she reveals that she is part of a resistance against the government. Ofglen asks her to join, but Offred declines. Nick, Commander Waterford’s driver, tells Offred that the Commander wants to see her alone later that night, which is forbidden. Nick also warns her not to trust Ofglen. Offred and other handmaids go to a home to witness the birth of Ofwarren’s (formerly Janine’s) child. In flashbacks, June remembers her own daughter Hannah’s birth. During this time, healthy births were rare and a woman tried to kidnap Hannah but was arrested. Offred goes to the Commander’s office unsure of what’s going to happen, but he just wants to play Scrabble with her. She later goes back to her room and laughs with relief. The next day, Offred prepares to tell Ofglen what happened that night, but when she goes outside, it’s a different woman who introduces herself as Ofglen.

    ❝I am Ofglen.❞

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