The Handmaid’s Tale – A Review

I’ve been watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, season two now. This show is very difficult to watch but riveting. I find myself cringing in disbelief many times throughout. If you haven’t read the book (I haven’t but I plan on it), or seen this very well-acted series, then I highly recommend it.

The story is set in a totalitarian society created by Gilead, where women are treated as property and have no rights. The wives of Gilead men have become sterile, so fertile women have been sought out, kidnapped and basically forced into sexual servitude in order to repopulate the world. This new world they have created is reminiscent of the Puritanical era.

A young woman, whose own child was taken from her and placed in the care of another family, is taken to be a handmaid. Her name is Offred, meaning ‘of Fred’ derived from her master’s name (Fred), known as her Commander. Her real name is June, but handmaids are not allowed to use their real names. Women are not allowed to read, write, drive, or have jobs, or money….among other things. The handmaids are raped in “ceremonies” in order to produce children, their sole purpose.

There are different classes of women. They are segregated by color of clothing, signifying social class. The Wives wear blue, Aunts (the women who train the handmaids) wear brown, Marthas (cooks and housekeepers) wear green, Handmaids wear red. Econowives, who are women married to lower class men and perform all domestic duties, wear various colors, and young unmarried girls wear (you guessed it) white.

This terrifying, near-future dystopian story makes you think about how our society could slowly change direction…. the wrong direction. Could women someday lose control of their own bodies? Today’s women are already on the verge of losing their right to birth control and abortion. I shudder at the thought of what comes next….

It’s difficult to watch many of the scenes, invoking anger, empathy, sympathy, and sorrow. Chock full of fear, violence, heartbreak, murder, politics, and religion — it’s a very haunting and chilling series, with great actors! Check out the trailer for season one below.

Author: Deb / Being Aunt Debbie

Single, mother of 2 adult children and grandmother to 3 beautiful grandchildren! I crochet, make jewelry, hand-poured soaps, and what ever else I can get into! I love Medieval History, castles, all things Celtic. I love animals, rock music, Mexican food, writing, learning, and good movies.

4 thoughts on “The Handmaid’s Tale – A Review”

  1. I don’t have Hulu, so I guess I’m going to have to read the book. Exede’s internet speed isn’t the best for streaming for me. Even with our oldest son moved out, I still get notified from Exede, anywhere from 5-10 days just before I get the monthly internet refill, that I’ve hit my cap of 25GB for the month. So, until Exede or some other company can provide me with “real” unlimited data, meaning no cap, I’ll never be able to use anything like Sling TV, Hulu, Roku, Netflix, etc. Otherwise, if I try to, I just get a constant buffering problem.

    This story sounds like it has male characters you just love to hate, doesn’it it? lol It’s another Stepford Wives kind of thing, where men are in total control and turn women into what they want them to be. 😡

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    1. It’s a very good series. I think you would be hooked on it if you started watching. Have you considered getting disks from Netflix instead of streaming? It would reduce your usage a bit. Then you would have data left for Hulu. Netflix has The Handmaid’s Tale on disks but I don’t think they have it streaming yet.

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      1. I’m surprised that Netflix still has the disks available and hasn’t gone to just streaming being provided. That’s what I heard was going to happen. When you go with the disks, is there any contract involved, where you’re stuck with them for a certain amount of time, or could you drop it at any time you want to?

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        1. You can change your plan at any time, in fact, I think you can do streaming AND disks. If they’re planning on discontinuing disks then I’m screwed because I’ve got Exede too. 25g is not enough, as you said. I don’t think you have to stick with any plan for any certain amount of time. Check in your account to be sure. 😀

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