The Handmaid's Tale - Season 3

edited June 6 in Other TV
Anyone else watching this? I ended up binging the first 3 episodes last night. 40-minute episodes are kind of nice. After really liking the second season this show is starting to drag for me.

Yvonne Strahovski continues to be amazing, and I really like Alexis Bledel's story, but I find myself getting fed up with of June and the goings on in Gilead. There doesn't seem to be any tension about being "under his eye" that made the first seasons so gripping. Everyone is just doing whatever they want and when convenient it becomes a problem.

Also, there are a good 20 minutes of forward tilted heads staring into the camera.

There is some interesting stuff going on in the periphery though, I hope they continue to expand the world.
rkcrawf

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  • mtron32mtron32 San Diego
    edited June 6
    I noped out of this 20 minutes into the first season.  After reading up on the show, it sounded like they were really trying to milk her subjugation which I’m not down with.  That’s as bad as watching multiple seasons of 12 years a slave.  I’ll wait on the side lines to see when and how they resolve this show, then I can fast forward through the torture and rape to get all the story it has.

    for anyone that actually keeps up with it, is there any indication that this shows narrative is going anywhere or is it just torture porn?
  • for anyone that actually keeps up with it, is there any indication that this shows narrative is going anywhere or is it just torture porn?
    It is ABSOLUTELY going somewhere. S2 got pretty dark but it's always been leading somewhere. The first three eps of s3 entirely confirm that for me. The resistance is well under way and I'll bet by the end of this season, things in Gilead will have started to implode. 
    rkcrawf
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I binged the first three eps last night.  I really think this is Yvonne Strahovski's season to shine.  I love where they've taken Serena and where I hope they're going to take her going forward, but I can see it being either very positive or very dark and heartbreaking.

    I also think Alexis Bledel is doing a wonderful job of showing
    the emotions that someone in her position would be feeling in her new life circumstances/freedom and not knowing how to react (although I do think she's slowly coming around to adapting).


    While I root for June, I found myself rolling my eyes at the repeated slow-mo shots with her.  They're overdone. 
    That said, I can't wait for episode 4. 

    mtron32 said:
    I booed out of this 20 minutes into the first season.  After reading up on the show, it sounded like they were really trying to milk her subjugation which I’m not down with.  That’s as bad as watching multiple seasons of 12 years a slave.  I’ll wait on the side lines to see when and how they resolve this show, then I can fast forward through the torture and rape to get all the story it has.

    for anyone that actually keeps up with it, is there any indication that this shows narrative is going anywhere or is it just torture porn?
    It's definitely going somewhere and has been since the first season.  If you've only seen the first 20 minutes of the first season and no other episodes, I'd recommend going back and rewatching.  I will warn you, it's heartbreaking and dark and gutwrenching in places (especially season 2).  But it's a rewarding watch, and one that I think is very important in our current climate.
  • Michelle said:
    While I root for June, I found myself rolling my eyes at the repeated slow-mo shots with her.  They're overdone. 
    I think this is my main issue. It's like they saw the awesome scene of Peggy leaving SCDP with The Kinks kicking in, and decided to try and do that a couple of times an episode, forgetting that was the culmination a series building confrontation with Don. It feels a little indulgent.

    I'm ready to drop the knowing looks and profile walking scenes and have the action pick up.
  • edited June 6
    I'm going to keep watching, but these first 3 episodes were boring to me. A slow burn is okay, but I feel like they could have told the story so far in just one episode. Spoilers in case someone hasn't seen it:
    So many pointless things, like that finger-glove thingy for Serena; frankly, what was the point of that? To hide her finger? The green would just attract so much more attention, and everyone already knew what happened to her anyway. And it wouldn't keep her wound any cleaner or more protected than just a regular bandage. No, the only point was so that she could dramatically take it off. * eyeroll *
    I have a hard time connecting to these characters emotionally too, even though I did in the past. The show just doesn't make me feel anything anymore. Perhaps that's because of the lack of "under his eye" as johnnytruant said, there doesn't seem to be any looming danger to anyone. I'm fed up with June - she breaks all the rules all the time, is disrespectful to every commander, and yet for some miraculous fucking reason called plot armor not only is she still alive, but she gets shown secret locations and gets to make high level decisions and practically becomes a resistance leader? Come onnnn. Commander Lawrence flip-flops between aiding the resistance and being a psychopathic asshole without any rhyme or reason, and that's supposed to keep you guessing, but in my eyes without any character work it's just lazy writing.

    Also, yesterday an interview popped up on my FB feed with Chris Meloni, saying he's been added to the show as a series regular. Sorry, but three episodes in and the new regular hasn't even showed up yet? I have a feeling this season will have some pacing issues (and perhaps already does...)
    rkcrawf
  • I already got mildly spoiled, I guess they gave reviewers 6 episodes and the Washington Post just posted their preview for the series based on those 6. Annoying. I forgot these were 13 episode seasons as well.
  • MichelleMichelle California
    @Reni I don't think we're doing spoilers in here - you might want to spoiler tag. :wink:
  • Have seen the first 3 episodes, and I’m still hanging on. Like others, the plot armor and lack of development is infuriating. Seasons 1 and 2 were good, but there seemed to be a lot of resetting of the table. How much can one dissident get away With? 

    This season has been a bit better, so far. The criticisms are valid. How far does this go? Is there an endgame? Or is this The Walking Dead, where the characters trudge on endlessly. This feels like a show that should have a definite end in mind.
  • MichelleMichelle California
    I just listened to the Bald Move TV podcast from this past Thursday, and heard Aron & Cecily say they're not covering The Handmaids Tale going forward.  I can understand it being a difficult watch, but I think there's a lot of important social commentary and insightful discussion that can be had from this show.  It's one of the biggest cautionary tales that I think we have around today, and it's already starting to take shape in the south.  Does anyone know of a good podcast for this show?
    blacksunrise7
  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    All I can do is echo the sentiments above. I like the show and I want to see where the story goes, but the tension seems to have evaporated. Even the smallest indiscretions were brutally and harshly punished in the previous seasons and now June just does whatever she wants. She had to be smuggled to Jezebels in Serena's cloak, but she just hops in the car with Lawrence and Splinter Cells her way into the house to get to Hannah. I can't imagine S1 June being able to stay out in the yard all night burying a body - she could barely manage to pause briefly outside the house. 

    While the show still looks very good, we are bordering on indulgent with the loooooooong creative-angled close-ups and the swelling defiant pop music every episode.

    It turns out that the cat-and-mouse game was a huge part of my enjoyment. Right now, we really seem to be missing an actual cat - it's more the suggestion of a cat.
  • @Flukes Am I misremembering when they were in the house in the middle of nowhere, but were she shooting at the Waterfords or vice-versa? 
  • FlukesFlukes Calgary, Canada
    rkcrawf said:
    @Flukes Am I misremembering when they were in the house in the middle of nowhere, but were she shooting at the Waterfords or vice-versa? 
    Oh boy, thinking back I seem to recall her observing them from upstairs and having an opportunity to kill one or both of them, but I'd have to go back and watch again. This season it seems like she could take a shot at a commander and they'd just shuffle her off to another posting.
    rkcrawf
  • edited June 11
    Flukes said:
    rkcrawf said:
    @Flukes Am I misremembering when they were in the house in the middle of nowhere, but were she shooting at the Waterfords or vice-versa? 
    Oh boy, thinking back I seem to recall her observing them from upstairs and having an opportunity to kill one or both of them, but I'd have to go back and watch again. This season it seems like she could take a shot at a commander and they'd just shuffle her off to another posting.
    You may be right. Maybe she didn’t take the shot...but that’s the exact scene I’m thinking of.
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