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The Handmaid's Tale

  • 2019
  • Season 3
  • 13 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

The 3rd season of the Emmy Award®-winning "The Handmaid's Tale" is driven by June's (Elisabeth Moss) resistance to the regime of Gilead, in which she finds herself once again after opting not to flee to Canada with her baby at the end of season 2.

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Episode 3: Useful

Summary

June is made an example of during a challenging meeting of the commanders, while Serena Joy stays with her mother as she attempts to recuperate in the wake of her recent loss. Lawrence teaches June a hard lesson about the difficult decisions he makes as a commander by taking her to a prison camp - and instructing her to select five women who will be spared death in favour of a life of servitude. Dystopian drama based on Margaret Atwood's novel and starring Elisabeth Moss, Bradley Whitford and Yvonne Strahovski.
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Review

Each scene in this stylish drama is delicately put together and, in its way, gorgeous. That’s the unsettling trick the show plays: telling a horrific story, but having it unfold in shots so elegantly lit, each frame could be made from mahogany and alabaster. It’s all perfectly poised and utterly crazy; elegant and horrible.

Which is about right considering the story’s setting – the fundamentalist state of Gilead where the prissy and the monstrous live side by side. This is a place, remember, where as we track characters walking calmly along a street, our view is interrupted now and then by the dangling feet of hanged bodies. So basically, we’re never sure where the next horror will come from.

This week, Commander Lawrence decides to teach June a lesson about horrors, by taking her to a prison camp and giving her an impossible choice.

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JuneElisabeth Moss
Fred WaterfordJoseph Fiennes
Serena JoyYvonne Strahovski
JanineMadeline Brewer
RitaAmanda Brugel
NickMax Minghella
Joseph LawrenceBradley Whitford

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