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.
|Writer(s)||Lynn Renee Maxcy|
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Watching, Waiting: Natalie, June
With being Natalie, OfMatthew’s, walking partner, and as punishment for her cruelty, June is forced to wait for the comatose Natalie to give birth. She does that for over a month, and between her own thoughts and the sound of machines and body fluids, June slowly goes mad.
Stir Crazy: June, Janine, Serena Joy, Natalie
How mad? Well, to the point you may think she may become obedient for a spell, as we saw in an earlier season. However, rather than take that route, she goes mad. Crazy even for she contemplates murdering Natalie for her freedom and even tries to convince Janine, who visits since her eye got infected, to help.
Unfortunately for June, Janine isn’t of the same mindset, and while she keeps June from killing Natalie, she can’t take away the scalpel June took. One she uses on a very foolish Serena Joy but not to the point of killing her. With a wobbly lunge, she does cut Serena but more so harms herself.
A Renewed Purpose: Natalie, June
Which, luckily for her, the doctor doesn’t report and instead just stitches her up. Then, perhaps with her prayers answered, Natalie soon starts bleeding, possibly on the verge of a miscarriage, and an emergency C-section is done. One which saves the baby and triggers something in June.
What exactly? Well, during June’s stay, she has seen doctors come and go, but also children. Young girls, to be specific, who come to the hospital for their pelvic development to be tracked and to see who may and will be able to have children. As you can imagine, with Hannah close to the age of the girls, this causes discomfort in June. So, rather than abandon Natalie’s corpse, which, after the C-Section, isn’t being kept on life support but being allowed to fade to death, June makes a promise. One she isn’t sure how she will keep, but she promises to free the children of Gilead, and stick it to the country where it hurts. Seemingly to get revenge for both her children, June’s, Natalie’s, and all Handmaids separated from their children.
The Connections You Can Draw
With the episode being so tightly focused on June, it pushes you to take note of not just her journey so far, but those who she has been closest to – willingly or not. For example, when it comes to Natalie, there is the possibility her conflict with Natalie has long been rooted in seeing Hannah in her. This woman, so obedient, yet also scared and unsure of the Gilead regime and what it calls for. Making Natalie’s lack of desire to fight back scary since that could be Hannah. Someone who, rather than fight, run, or scale a rebellion, she would just go along with what she was trained to do.
Thus, seeing Natalie, being close to her, may have been a huge source of guilt. Leading to why, in the end, June decided to spend time with Natalie as she passed. For if she couldn’t be there for her daughter, she’d at least be there for Natalie and promise, even if she can’t save her, Natalie or Hannah, she’d save a lot of children. While forcing the elite to know their, June and Natalie’s, pain.
But it doesn’t end there. One could say Aunt Lydia’s relationship with Janine, who she still dotes on, could be reminiscent of her relationship with Noelle. Maybe even her trying to atone in a way for how that relationship went sour. If not considering Janine like Noelle if Noelle would have listened and heeded to Aunt Lydia’s influence?
Lastly, one also must note in Janine keeping June from murder, she saves June from her moment of madness just like June saved Janine a long time ago. Making for a lot of full-circle moments which make you wonder where are we to roll to from here?
Everyone Is Far Too Trusting Of June
So you’re telling me after June insulted you in the worst way possible at the Lincoln memorial you’d come to her if she called out to you? Get close if she said she had a secret to tell you? Really Serena? Weren’t you just back to some form of common sense, or is it just June puts such a spell on people you become naive as a child around her? Curious even, as if she is the pied piper and you some dunce kid who has no idea she is about to make you turn into a jackass.
Though the same could be said about Aunt Lydia. June speaks in ways which clearly you disapprove of, even seem suspicious, yet you let her go back into the hospital unattended? As if there aren’t so many things she can do as she faces returning back to someone’s house, awaiting a rape ceremony. For whether it is going back in to kill herself, a doctor, or so many other options, it increasingly becomes clear that Aunt Lydia’s faith that people can change might be her biggest weakness. One that, eventually, will lead to her being murdered as Natalie almost committed.
On The Fence
The Liberation Of Children
We’ve seen the walls and amount of security which have surrounded children. So how exactly June, who is on the verge of a mental breakdown, is going to rescue children is beyond me. Especially since they, like Eden, probably won’t be easily convinced to listen to a Handmaid. For if they grew up in Gilead, how much time and effort would be needed for them to believe Canada is a better place for them? Never mind June, of all people, will be able to get them there safely?
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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