Series Review : The Handmaid’s Tale
IMDb rating : 8.8 ( so far )
The Handmaid’s tale is a dystopian fiction drama, based on the novel of the same name, written by Margaret Atwood in 1985.
You might be wondering what a dystopian fiction is. According to Wikipedia, “ Dystopian literature is used to provide fresh perspectives on problematic social and political practices that might otherwise be taken for granted, or considered natural and inevitable”.
Some of the well known dystopian fictions are — The Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, The Maze Runner series etc.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, the United States is going through a civil war. Most people of the government are killed, including the president. And the country is now being ruled by a Christian fundamentalist government of Gillead.
In this society, women are not allowed to work, own property or money. They are not even allowed to read. The women who are fertile, are trained to become “handmaids”, whose job is to perform ritualized sex with their male master (that also in presence of the masters’ barren wives), and bear children for them. This is the sole purpose of their lives, to fulfill their “biological destiny”. They don’t even have their own names, own identities. They are supposed to be identified by the names of their masters.
Disgusting. Sickening. Fu**ed up.
But the scary part is, this “fiction” is kinda the reality for women in some places. Even in the 21st century, women aren’t allowed to work or own property. And they are only seen as a race whose sole existence is to “fulfill their biological destiny”
At the beginning of the series, the protagonist Offred ( June ) is seen to get caught by some men while fleeing with her husband and her daughter. Her husband gets killed, and she is pulled away from her daughter. Later on, she gets appointed as the handmaid in the household of commander Fred Waterford. In the flashbacks, we keep seeing Offred’s memories from the “ life before “. She keeps reminding herself of that life, so that she can endure all this, find a way to escape from this life and find her beloved daughter.
A very well made series. Elizabeth Moss is outstanding in the role of Offred. That fake smile plastered on her face, that impassive look on her face — never too happy, never too sad, never too scared; simply perfect!
The first season consists of 10 episodes. 5 of them have been aired so far.
A must watch if you’re a drama fan.