The constant repetition is suffocating the story—and Gilead is already a suffocating place.
All roads lead to the Waterford household. At least, they do for June, who unbelievably ends up back there for a third time.
To say that “The Last Ceremony” is an emotional rollercoaster would be an understatement.
This cycle of visiting the outside world only to return to Gilead’s borders is getting tiresome. At this point, June just needs to get the hell out already.
Despite the character-related inconsistencies, the episode upholds its themes well.
"The Handmaid's Tale" has finally given us a satisfying and refreshing episode that forces Gilead’s creators to step outside of their comfort zone and reckon with what they’ve done.
The show needs to stop romanticizing trauma under the guise of heroism.
First Blood” is one of Season Two’s better episodes, even if it rushes the changing dynamics between June and Serena Joy ever-so-slightly.
A lot happens—too much, in fact, making the episode more chaotically disappointing than artful.
“Other Women” might as well be a throwback episode, as the cyclical nature of life as a handmaid is brought back full circle in what is ultimately a study in brainwashing.
In an episode where death looms over the characters’ heads, “Seeds” hints at a new life not just within June’s body, but for the characters themselves.
With only two episodes left in the season, “Atlanta” is finally moving its narrative along. Al is moving forward, and Earn may be regressing, but at last, something is happening.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t done with Gilead just yet, but the surprisingly artful dramatics and clever character exploration hint at equally interesting world expansions to come.
We finally get to see who Emily was before June met her, and trace the origins of her lingering rebelliousness back to her days as a college biology professor seeking tenure.