The Handmaid's Tale 203 - "Baggage"

chriskchrisk Indianapolis
I couldn't stop armchair quarterbacking this one. 

She left the sign depot or whatever it was, and I sort of understood it though it's the only way Nick has to know where she is. 

Then she kept looking out the window at the econopeople's apartment, then she left the apartment with that freaking map poking out above her pocket. 

Super frustrating to watch, though I think it's all justifiable if a little sloppy on her part. Thought it was strange they didn't seem to pay off the econowife sitting behind her, who seemed to notice her map. Maybe I'm wrong about that, or they just meant to show that people see things and sometimes just don't report them. Thought she might either help or ask to go along though. 


  • Maybe the first time I think I might wanna stop watching a show that is really, really good. I just can't take it any more. Grim, very grim...
  • MFG said:
    Maybe the first time I think I might wanna stop watching a show that is really, really good. I just can't take it any more. Grim, very grim...
    That thought of 'why am I doing this to myself?' flashed though my mind during the episode because it was so intense and, for me, really anxiety inducing.  Then I burst into tears at the end, and decided I needed to seriously consider if I should keep watching.

    I've decided that I will, because goddamn this show is good, but I may change my mind after the next episode.  (That's not a spoiler or anything, I haven't even seen previews for next week.  I just mean that I didn't expect to be so effected by this week's episode, so don't know what to expect from future episodes.)
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I'm all in.  It is grim, and it's bleak, and it's dark, and it's sorrowful, and it makes you cringe and cry and really *feel* for these characters, which is what it's supposed to be doing.  I knew going into it that it wasn't going to be a feel-good show and I wanted something that is thought-provoking, that hits on current issues, that really opens your eyes and makes you *think*.  To me, that's the mark of a really good series.  And I think the entire cast is doing a remarkable job.
  • I can't imagine what horrors come next. This episode was so damn tense. My shoulders hurt just thinking about it. 
  • russkellyrusskelly Indianapolis
    This episode was incredible. I thought it was so beautiful up until the end. I'm with everybody else talking about June's decisions. I was telling her through the tv to stay away from the window too. I was saying stay in the apartment. Just stay in the apartment, but we don't know what happened to the family. Maybe they were found out. Maybe they were arranging transportation for June out of there. tough call for June either way. Did anyone take away anything from June accidentally smearing dirt that looked a lot like ashes on her forehead? I liked the symbolism whether intentional or not, that like ash wednesday, June is about to enter a time of suffering, but in the end, there will be an Easter time or time of triumph. Or at least let's hope. This is the best show on TV right now. It's working on a real high level.
  • manhattnikmanhattnik the big apple
    I too must admit I am having an increasingly difficult time with this show. First of all the endless flashbacks are tiresome, but more than that, it verges, for me, on torture porn. There's something perverse about the endless cruelties, and the fact that it's all so well done and harrowing has led me to some serious compassion fatigue. It's like, "let's see what horrible shit will happen to June (or whoever) this week!"
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