Count me among those who didn’t like the episode. I am so frustrated with the nonsensical plot lines these writers seem to just pull out of the air without any thought to reality.
There seems to have been no thought given to the notion of diplomatic relations beyond “we don’t have an extradition treaty”. Do you have any treaty? Does Canada recognize Gilead as a sovereign nation? If no, then these appeals from Gilead are useless. If yes, why isn’t there an ambassador making a formal request of the Canadian government? Other than, yeah, plot.
How does Serena get into the country? Canada’s not going to let just any plane with just anybody in. Serena’s already been thrown out of the country once - how does Canada just let her waltz back in?
Why would Gilead let Serena go in the first place when she’s shown shaky loyalty to the regime? All she had to do, once on Canadian soil, is hold up her mutilated hand and declare “I face torture and persecution on account of my sex and I seek asylum in Canada” and the Canadian border authorities who should have been there at the airport would take her in (at least temporarily, until her refugee status was resolved). Gilead took a huge public relations risk.
Speaking of public relations, why does Gilead even have public relations as a totalitarian regime? Realistically, they wouldn’t advertise that a handmaid escaped with a baby - they wouldn’t want to give others hope of escape. The realistic public statement would’ve been that Emily was shot while trying to escape and the baby was a tragic casualty of her criminality. Really, Holly/Nicole is not the future of the Gileadean race. She’s not worth risking a whole regime over.
I hope that broadcast at the end wasn’t live as it appeared to be. June should’ve been beaten to within an inch of her life for that sneer on video (as many viewers want to do). Oh yeah, as Aunt Lydia says, there really aren’t any consequences.