This has a washed-out colourless look. Serena Joy has questionable ethics. Offred has exhaustion of the soul. The flashbacks show how the Handmaids learnt about the Ceremony, it did not go down well. This was a moment of particular grimness. The Aunts are sinister baddies. Fred is a filthy weasel. The Commanders aren’t morally energetic. This is guilty of over-plotting.
This is not scarily prophetic. Serena Joy’s vindictive retaliations have manic avidity. Offred encounters a morally comfortable doctor. He says the Commanders are sterile. Unending lists of things are forbidden in Gilead. The flashbacks show how Moira escaped the Red Centre. Sadly this ep leaves one lamentably uninterested. Where did they recruit Aunts? Did even the Aunts buy into the myth-making of Gilead?
How did things change so quickly after the Gilead takeover? Offred learns of the fate of her predecessor. Offred and the Commander do risky things.
“Posted could be worse.”
“Pop out a baby for the fatherland. Sounds awesome.”
“My monthly woe.”
“Waiting to be seeded.”
“It’s Ceremony Night.”
“Sterile. That’s a forbidden word.”
“How did you survive her?”
“Just look meek.”
“He has to knock.”
“Where are the street signs?”
“Did she displease him? The divine emperor of this house.”
Eduardo advises the politician to run on an anti-rape platform. Eduardo stalks and kills woman, save for one woman he doesn’t kill. Characters are connected, this was tiresome. The pervy politician’s wife whines about how she used to be a militant yet changed everything about herself for the sake of his career. Their boho son shrugs. There are complications and idiot police. The pervy politician does a runner, people lie and the police yell. Eduardo has ambition and is entirely unapologetic.
“Practically lives on the streets.”