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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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 June Osborne (23 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Serena Joy Waterford (22 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Fred Waterford (21 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Nick Blaine (20 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Rita (20 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Janine (19 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Luke Bankole (19 episodes, 2017-2018)
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 Aunt Lydia (18 episodes, 2017-2018)
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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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Most of the source novel was set in and around Cambridge, MA. In October 2016, some of this series' exterior scenes were shot in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Margaret Atwood was born in Ontario. See more »

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An allegory for Islam?
19 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

A piece of work like this, that combines good cinematography, and competent acting, with an impossible plot set up, and poor pacing and character development deserves a complex and detailed critique, so while I am not going to write a novel about the show, I wish to do something other than merely label it as paranoid SJW agitprop, as likely many have. Basically without giving the plot line away, the story is about the rich and powerful creating an autocracy that for some unknown reason is incredibly harsh on women, and not at all on low ranking men. What might perhaps be a critique of capitalism, or the structures of power, becomes distorted through the authors extreme ideological viewpoint, to a sort of peculiar militant Nazi-esque armish story. In this way, it seems to be written by someone who has a poor sense of history or human nature, in terms of autocratic power structures that have ever existed - or perhaps alternatively put, it is so narrowly focused on a singular viewpoint, the authors own viewpoint, that the writing cannot see anything beyond the protagonist and that point of view. The, honestly, absurd plot line is carried mostly through the dramatic, and subtle as a sledgehammer soundtracking, without which, most of the story would put one to sleep, because of its intensely slow pacing. The character development allows no real time to develop empathy, and the characters form cartooning and distorted shades of extreme black and white, good and evil. It has, despite its dark overtones, a sort of childish mentality, driving a completely lacking in nuance or insight narrative, based heavily in the intersectionality worldview. Like the black and white morality of a children's story. Without this proper character development, and combined with the hamfisted dramatism, far-fetched plot setting, black and white moralising, the story fails to have any real emotional gravity, or story draw outside of those with that particular narrow set of preconceptions. Even, if one didn't fall into the sort of paranoic perceptions of the author, this material still could make for a compelling, or even entertaining story, if the main character was made likable, the interactions realistic, the world more fleshed out, and the morality more nuanced. Indeed, it could make for an excellent allergory for the current plight of women in the middle east, which is a poignant discussion for modern culture. I still wonder, if in someways it still doesn't serve in this capacity, even if unintentionally.

To sum, ignoring the premise and storyline, which doubtless others have covered, whilst the acting is competent, the production good, if lacking in real art, and the soundtracking effective, if overly relied upon to drum up any gravity, there are some significant elements of what could easily be described as b-grade work - premise, writing and plot lacking in any worldliness, or depth of understanding, nuance to make it relateable or interesting, slow moving plot, without the art, or human connection lying beneath it. I fear most people would watch this and yawn. Others would watch it, and think it immature, and propagandist, like a Christian film. And a small minority would watch it, and find something relateable in it. For the acting alone, I rate it a 3, rather than a 1.


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