With a recent announcement of season 4, it seems marketing coordinated that with an episode that may finally be the beginning of the end.
|Director(s)||Deniz Gamze Erguven|
|Introduced This Episode|
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Making Feeble Plans: Serena Joy, Fred, June, Beth, Commander Lawrence, Eleanor
Serena Joy and Fred venture out to where the Econo people live, and as they enjoy the hospitality, they get a sense of nostalgia about their former lives. Back when Fred worked in marketing, Serena was a writer, and they lived over a bakery. But, the fun memories soon turn black as Serena is reminded that Fred is the reason she lost everything she loved. Yet, with Fred still trying to win and secure Serena’s love once more, so comes the idea of maybe retiring and enjoying life away from the cities.
As for June? After stopping Eleanor from killing her husband, she now feels she has all the leverage she could possibly need. Problem is, the heads of the Martha mafia want to speak with June since they feel she is inexperienced and putting many in danger. Including those they are operating with. But, with Beth vouching for June, they decide to be neutral and let June mess up on her own accord.
The Best Laid Plains Of Mice And (Wo)Men: Serena Joy, Fred, Mr. Tuello, June, Commander Lawrence, Beth
The first sign that we might be at the beginning of the end is Commander Lawrence trying to high tail it with Eleanor. With that, June lost her only means to move 52 kids, and Beth finds herself upset that she really trusted this girl, of who only has helped Emily and one child thus far, with so much. That is, despite how her actions have done a massive amount of harm in comparison to the very little, negligible, good she has done.
But, on a more positive note, Mr. Tuello appears to help Serena and Fred negotiate. Well, at least that seemed to be the case at first. In the long run, what happens is Fred crosses the Canadian border and is arrested. Leaving us to wonder if Serena set him up or did Mr. Tuello use her to get to Fred?
The Rise, Fall, And Rise Again Of June Osborne: Commander Lawrence, June, Commander Winslow, Billy
Due to Commander Lawrence’s power waning, he isn’t able to just abandon June and her plans and head north. So, instead, he is making plans for what’s to come. First trying to make sure everyone ends up in a good home, rather than head to the colonies or end up jezebels. Which sparks an idea. For rather than making a contingency plan based off the worst-case scenario, June comes up with a plan.
You see, a bartender named Billy, who works at one of the hotels the Jezebels do their business, he has a hand in the cargo which goes in and out of Gilead. So the idea is, inspired by Beth, to use those planes to circumvent border checkpoints and get the kids, Commander Lawrence, and Beth out. As for June? Well, you know she isn’t going anywhere without her daughter. No matter how increasingly futile that idea is becoming.
Yet, what is a plan made by June without a major screw up? Such as Commander Lawrence spotting her while she talks to Billy and her not using her wits to avoid Winslow, but pushing all the wrong buttons which makes him want to have sex with her. My bad, wrong terminology, rape her. However, unlike the many times June just zoned out, she fights back this time. Oh, again I’m not using the right words, rather she doesn’t trying to fight him off but kill Commander Winslow – and she succeeds.
Making her very lucky the Martha who discovers the bloody room is one of the people June saved. Though, with Commander Winslow dead, and quite a few being able to put two and two together, even if his body was cremated and evidence destroyed, let’s not pretend it can’t come back on June and Commander Lawrence.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- I don’t want to be that guy but, in terms of Asian people, has Billy spoken more in one episode than any other Asian person throughout nearly 3 whole seasons – combined?
- How often do Marthas at the Jezebel hotel clean up murders to be so efficient?
Could This Be The Shakeup We’ve Been Waiting For?
While Commander Winslow is new, his death is major and could cause a major shakeup. Possibly beyond increased security but maybe instability? After all, if someone like Fred can rise up in the ranks, and despite his reputation, just because Winslow vouched for him, he has to be a big fish, right? Never mind he was touted as a big player in DC. So with his death, and the paranoia which comes with it, will that affect anything?
Think about it, if there were those who supported conspiring against someone like Joseph, likely there are other power struggles in Gilead. The kind which go beyond Fred being petty over a handmaid not giving him the time of day but instead trying to direct Gilead to be either more peaceful and diplomatic, if not more violent? So here is hoping all those commanders we rarely have seen, as this power vacuum happens, we get a more in-depth understanding of the true powers that be. Not just those like Fred and the people in Boston who often came off like middle management.
Oh, and speaking of Fred, the idea of Serena and June may be playing some kind of long game together isn’t lost on me. Why else would she not have June killed for trying to kill her? It could very well be June has had a plan all along and told Serena to be patient? Since, let’s face it, June is a parasite, and she is good at feeding off a host while making herself seem like an asset. So between Serena missing having some kind of purpose, and Nichole, June may have long planted this idea, as has Mr. Tuello, that Serena could have everything and more if she would just play her hand right.
But, even if she didn’t screw over Fred, him being tried in international court should be a hoot.
Everyone Knowing June Is Dangerous Yet Still Working With Her
Big picture: Outside of helping Emily escape with Nichole, has June done anything major for someone else? You can submit keeping Janine from killing herself and her child, but let’s think about all June has done which has made it clear most of her actions have been about bolstering her position – the aforementioned included. When pregnant, she made those women suffer on her behalf and didn’t give a damn. Lest we forget, she was a mistress and didn’t really have much sympathy for her husband’s ex-wife. With Eleanor, she uses her being mentally ill as a means to get what she wants and to manipulate Commander Lawrence.
Hell, let’s not forget how she has used Serena to advance her personal agenda and how that led to Serena losing a finger! With all that in mind, why is it Beth would vouch for June? Why would anyone support her? Yes, she has her moments, but so often her ideas backfire and lead to people being maimed, hurt, or assaulted. Is the fact she has a willingness to rebel and come up with plans really so valuable? That she is trying to be the white version of Harriet Tubman? Just with her taking far less responsibility and making more enemies, and uneasy allies than a solid network?
The Handmaid's Tale
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 12 “Sacrifice”||June makes a monumental decision which seems to weigh on her more than any other. Though, when it comes to Serena, her decision has her in a nearly joyous mood.|
|Season 3, Episode 10 “Witness”||June takes on a major sacrifice to make a breakthrough in her goal to liberate Gilead’s children. A plan which will test how competent Gilead’s security and leadership are.|
|Season 3, Episode 11 “Liars”||With a recent announcement of season 4, it seems marketing coordinated that with an episode that may finally be the beginning of the end.|
|Season 3, Episode 8 “Unfit”||We finally get to learn about Aunt Lydia’s life before Gilead took over, but that may become an afterthought considering how the episode ends.|
|Season 3, Episode 9 "Heroic"||As June is pushed to the brink of utter madness, murder even, she snaps. But, in snapping, she may have found a new purpose for her life.|
|Season 3, Episode 7 “Under His Eye”||As June loses yet another ally, so begins her possibly losing it. Though she might not be alone as Emily does as well. But, as that happens, Serena finds a crew.|
|Season 3, Episode 6 “Household”||We take a trip down to DC to learn if things are better or worse in the capital and oh, not only are they worse but June gets a wake-up call.|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “Unknown Caller”||We’ve come to the point where things might be beyond June’s control, and she may be forced to realize she’s no different than Commander Lawrence’s Marthas.|
|Season 3, Episode 4 “God Bless The Child”||June really tests the limits of her influence, but this time with the Waterfords and Aunt Lydia. Especially when Janine puts herself in a dangerous situation.|
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Useful”||Commander Lawrence begins to reveal his intentions to us and to say, even after an hour, they can seem ambiguous, that’s an understatement.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Mary and Martha”||A few old faces return this episode, and we learn how willing Commander Lawrence is when it comes to participating in the new underground railroad.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Night” [Season Premiere]||The Handmaid’s Tale returns, and like many a season premiere, we are presented the calm before the storm.|
|Season 2/ Episode 13 “The Word” [Season Finale]||For those, like me, who thought The Handmaid’s Tale was in a perpetual cycle, many things happen which break the wheel and lead us to believe Season 3 will be the fall of Gilead.|
|Season 2/ Episode 12 “Postpartum”||June may find herself responsible for yet another death as Emily finds herself in a rather peculiar commander’s home.|
|Season 2/ Episode 11 “Holly”||Desperate times call for desperate measures and June finds herself having to put her baby first as things become impossible for her.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “The Last Ceremony”|
Perhaps the happiest day of June’s life in a long time also meets yet another where she ends up getting someone killed.
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “Smart Power”||A trip to Canada temps Serena Joy, Nick meets Luke, and June searches for a godmother. Including Aunt Lydia who opens up to her.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Women’s Work”||Many women get a taste of the old world and there is the slightest bit of hope things could get better for them. However, said blessing is finite.|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “After”||A quiet revolution has begun with a bang and it seems Lillie’s bomb was just an exclamation point before a new chapter.|
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “First Blood”||As Serena Joy and June continue their complicated relationship, something possibly game-changing happens at the end of the episode.|
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Seeds”||Just as it seemed the world broke and killed June and she has assumed the role of Offred, she gets two serious wake-up calls.|
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Other Woman”||How long can you fight and be defeated, be the cause of others misery and death, before you decide to give up? It seems June has found out the answer.|
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Baggage”||Guilt over not being the perfect mom, nor feminist, haunts June as she reminisces about her mother and how she has been as a mom.|
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Unwomen”||The colonies are finally seen as well as an update on two favorites – Emily and Janine.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “June” [Season Premiere]||After her grand act of defiance inspiring a non-violent protest, it is time to see how Aunt Lydia plans to punish the girls and whether June’s pregnancy means anything in regards to that.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “The Bridge”||It’s easy to get desensitized. Both in terms of what the show offers and in general. Thus making the job of an actor harder for they have to give more of themselves over to you – the audience. Now, up to this point, I shed no tears, felt no significant shock, and only admired Moss and Dowd’s performance. But in this episode, one of those things changed.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum”||With it being 13 days since June has been outside, seen someone besides the meek Rita and malicious Serena Joy, she is losing it. Yet, she finds a message hidden away for her that provides strength.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Other Side”||Rather than drag out what may have happened to Luke, as I want to believe they are doing with Moira, we get an episode dedicated to him.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “A Woman’s Place”||As the Mexico ambassador visits, we get a peek inside the past of Serena Joy and her part in what eventually created Gilead.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Faithful”||Many characters have their true colors revealed and, alongside this, June herself we learn isn’t as innocent as she seems.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Late”||As it’s revealed what happens to those like the original Ofglen, June continues to try to navigate through a world in which she finds herself to be the lobster in the boiling pot.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Jezebels”||Would it be wrong, if not odd, to say I was a bit bored by “Jezebel?” Granted, we got another character’s background story and saw someone from June’s past, but I found it difficult to be excited or engaged. To help understand why, look below.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Offred” [Series Premiere]||Being that Young Adult novels have come to dominate visual media dealing with a post-war period, it is a bit refreshing that those under 25 play little to no role in the series. Women who have experienced life instead are the focus and how they are dealing with a world which sent back women’s right at least a century.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Night” [Season Finale]||Solidarity is what causes and maintains revolutions. But for solidarity to sprout there needs to be one voice. One refusal to the oppressor. Which is what we get in The Handmaid’s Talefinale: “Night.”|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Birth Day”|
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