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.
|Writer(s)||Nina Fiore, John Herrera|
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Like-Minded: Serena, Olivia, Fred, Commander Winslow
While June returns home, Serena and Fred remain in DC as Fred works on an extradition treaty and finds himself increasingly gaining favor with Commander Winslow. Someone who, alongside Olivia, makes it seem the possibility of something long term for the Waterfords in DC could be a possibility. Which, not just for Fred, but Serena as well, seems like a welcome change. If only due to Serena and Olvia bonding far more than Serena did with Ms. Putnam or the rest in the Boston area. Especially since Olivia presents the idea her clique are women like Serena, who did a lot of the work their husbands get the credit for.
Bird-Dog: Moira, Emily
Despite Moira being in Canada for at least a few months now, it seems she hasn’t really expanded her social circle. That or her knowledge of the local lesbian community, so with the meeting of Emily, she latches onto her. Leading to her, like a curious child, asking questions, seeing who they may mutually know, and she is so giddy that you can see Emily is a little uncomfortable. At least, considering how for years she wasn’t able to talk like this, the ability to talk about girls she liked and the one she loves, openly, is hard to get readjusted to.
Yet, there might be something about Moira beyond how friendly she is that Emily is drawn to. For example, her activism. After all, what Emily has been doing for a long time is figuring ways to survive or running. So the opportunity to actually fight and know she won’t be killed, it appeals to her. Hence why she joins Moira in Bird-Dogging a politician so that Nicohle doesn’t get extradited to Gilead or anyone else. A quite cathartic release that may get Emily arrested, but makes her feel more alive than she has in a long time.
You Stupid B***h: OfMatthew, June, Eleanor, Commander Lawrence
With Serena lost as a potential ally, Commander Lawrence might be the only person in power who she can rely on. However, with him not manipulatable, it leaves his wife, Eleanor as the only way she can get things done. So, with the help of a Martha, June tries to use Eleanor to get Hannah or at least push the idea they will be together soon and can leave. However, multiple issues get in the way of that. The first being June learning Eleanor has a mental ailment which gets in the way of her dealing with high pressured situations. Secondly, there is OfMatthew.
She, for a long time, has seem strangely fine with the ways of Gilead while, on occasion, giving some kind of hint that maybe she doesn’t think this new world is perfect. But, with her snitching on the Martha that June was relying on, June flips out on her since now June has another death on her hands. So, first June nearly chokes out of OfMatthew, but is pulled off her. However, going by the preview of the next episode, it seems June will punish OfMatthew one way or another.
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Eleanor, formerly, was a full-time teacher. However, Joseph didn’t want kids, and with her medication regimen, it was difficult.
Someone We’re Familiar With Dies & It’s June’s Fault
While OfMatthew snitched, essentially June not being smart when working around OfMatthew caused the woman to die. That and pushing the Martha way past what she was comfortable with. Yet, with June thinking she has more sway with Commander Lawrence than she likely has, so comes her making foolish decisions.
But, considering how OfMatthew wasn’t particularly liked before all this, it should be interesting to see her being shunned by the rest of the Handmaids. Especially since Aunt Lydia feels the need to get involved.
Serena Has Found A Community
Mopey Serena is not a fun Serena. A devious, and happy in a twisted way Serena? She is much more fun. Especially with Olivia by her side, who seems to be a supporter, and who recognizes Serena’s brilliance. Leading to her possibly doing in DC what June wanted her to do in the Boston area.
On The Fence
The Mackenzies Are Gone
With news of their Martha’s doing come the Mackenzies leaving and with June losing Serena, so goes her means of knowing where they could have went. Which, in a way, seems like a good thing since it means June is losing something personal, her daughter, rather than just losing allies. Yet, with the move comes the feeling that the show will extend to another season since finding Hannah, never mind getting her to Canada, is no longer something likely to be done in this season.
Splitting Off Fred & Serena From June
The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t necessarily the best at utilizing what is a rather large cast. Making the split just between Boston and Canada not ideal, but functioning. However, now splitting things between three locations, arguably this may hurt the show more than help it. Especially since the program is increasingly losing its luster and barely does enough with those already established.
I mean, isn’t it terrible that Rita has been around since the beginning and we know a handful of facts about her? That Janine is usually just in the background now, and we’re just now, 3 seasons in, getting to learn about Aunt Lydia? Not to sound like I’m complaining about every little thing, but for a show touted as a cultural phenomenon in many ways, it seems to less and less live up to such a title.
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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