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Today, Hulu kicked off its ten-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The series is set in a dystopian near future where birth rates have plummeted and a large section of the country is ruled by a militant religious group. Fertile young women are kidnapped and forced to become handmaids – surrogates for the sterile wives of the leaders of the sect. Offred (Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, Top of the Lake) was taken a while back along with her baby, and is now on her third assignment, to bear a child for the Commander (Joseph Fiennes, American Horror Story) and his wife (Yvonne Strahovski, Chuck). In this society, people who don’t follow the rules wind up dead, so Offred has learned to keep her mouth shut and stay in line. However, she still hasn’t given up the idea of finding her daughter, and this hope is revived when she hears from handmaid Ofglen (Alexis Bledel, Gilmore Girls) that a secret resistance is forming.
Today, Hulu has released the first three episodes of the series and will follow this up with one episode per week each Wednesday. I checked out the first two episodes and found the series to be a really intense, well-acted drama, but there’s also some nice moments of humor to cut through the tension. While Offred is very reserved when it comes to speaking aloud in this dangerous, oppressive new world, we constantly hear her sarcastic inner monologue, where she holds nothing back. There’s also this really interesting use of music that is a bit off-kilter compared to the drama unfolding on screen. The cast is excellent. In addition to those already mentioned, Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black) plays Offred’s college friend, who was also abducted, and Ann Dowd is so wonderfully wicked, playing a character not unlike her role in The Leftovers. The first few episodes set up a really interesting premise and characters and introduce some surprising twists. I’m can’t wait to see how this story plays out!
Check out the first three episodes now on Hulu, and then tune in every Tuesday night/Wednesday morning when new episodes come out at 3:01AM/2:01AMc.
I’ll also be watching/recording The Goldbergs, Speechless, black-ish, Designated Survivor, Survivor, Criminal Minds, Arrow, The 100, Fargo, and Archer.
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