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  1. Kel Varnsen

    S03.E05: AKA I Wish

    For that matter she knew where the train car was. Like someone said just call that in or even go back the next day or something.
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    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    It would be nice if they expanded on that. Because I could see Canada maybe doing ok with the Gilead situation, maybe not in the short term but possibly in the slightly longer term. I mean two things Canada has going for it is a ton of natural resources and a lot of space. So at least if you use your biggest trading partner you have a bunch of new people who can work turning those resources into products you used to trade for. Hell I would just like to know why after at least a couple of years Luke is only working part time construction. And foe that matter how did Emily's wife manage to get a huge house while Luke and Moira are just in an apartment in what seems like a building for refugees.
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    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    The trade thing doesn't really make sense since if there was trade going on the plane would have been full both ways, trading something for something. In my brain I figured that they made a stop in Buffalo or something after Toronto and are bringing goods from there back to Boston. And really what the hell woulf Gilead have to trade? The Mexico episode seemed to indicate that the only thing of value they really had were fertile handmaids. Beyond that there is what, hand knit clothing? The grocery stores are always pretty empty and like I said back in season 1 I doubt the Gilead bread coupon carries the same value worldwide as the US dollar did.
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    Commander Waterford and his ilk

    I try not to think about how Gilead beat the US military because everytime I do it doesn't make sense. The big thing is that a modern military is very technology based, which means you need smart people running things. Gilead seems tobe pretty anti-intellectual, so how does that work whe you need to have educated people smart enough to work and maintain a submarine, or an aircraft carrier or a stealth jet? Especially if the military you are fighting has those things. Also thinkinhpg of WWII you have the classic images of women going to work in factories to make up for the men fighting in war zones. Gilead has men fighting in war zones, plus a pretty amplified homeland police/security force to stop the resistance. And they don't let women work, so how exactly are they maintaining the kind of manufacturing you need for a war? And lastly, google tells me that the US military is about 14% women. So considering there would be no women inthe Gilead military, how do they deal with the US having that advantage?
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    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    When Serena was at her mom's house packing up photos and other momentos I really thought she was planning on defecting. Since why else would she bring that crap along. I kind of had to laugh when that Gilead council guy said that there options with Canada for getting the baby back were limited. In my mind, and to paraphrase Bruce Campbell, their options are Jack and shit, and Jack just left town. I mean from season 1 we know there is a pretty big trade embargo against Gilead. And even if there wasn't what would they have that other countries like Canada would want? Sure Gilead could try to use miitary force, but their military can barely seem to handle fighting the remaining US forces/resistance. Plus in my mind, after the US fell apart I could easily see Canada making sure all their other mutual defence treaties were good. And I could totally see a situation where other world leaders are just itching for Gilead to attack an ally. Because while I could totally see other countries not wanting to get involved in a US/Gilead civil war, I bet there are a few countries out there that would appreicate an excuse to be able to step in and back up the US in fighting Gilead and shut that place down.
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    S01.E10: We Are Gone

    I have been to the Canadian Arctic a few times for work, although never King William Island. During summer the terrain was a crazy mix of ice and snow and the kind of rocky gravel areas with almost nothing growing you saw on the show. They captured that part really good I thought to the point where I wondered where they filmed it. I did visit the Arctic once in December and it was freaking cold. Watching this show it was hard to really wrap my head around how they delt with that, especially without modern clothing materials.
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    S03.E03: Useful

    It still doesn't make much sense to me. I mean I get that they would reduce women to very basic titles like Martha or Aunt or Handmaid. But I have a hard time believing that these wanna be tough guys wouldn't come up with some sort of rank structure to instantly prove who is more important. Especially with how many of them there are, you can't really expect every commander to remember the level of each other commander if they all have the same title. Plus who is exactly in charge like a president or something? Lawrence seems like a big shot but he doesn't seem to leave the house much so it would hard for me to buy that he was the one calling shots and getting shit done.
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    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    Makes sense to me too. It is basically a really well acted version of the combat veteran/POW comes home from war and can't deal with their family that has been in a ton of tv shows and movies over the years.
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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    Now im starting to wonder if Reeves could pull off Reed Richards. I am not sure, but I kind of think I want to see it.
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    S03.E03: AKA I Have No Spleen

    I liked their friendship too. I also like the comedy they are doing with the shopping channel bits. That said if this series ends and we don't even get one flashback of "It's Patsy" I will be extremely disappointed.
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    S03.E03: Useful

    Which again makes me wonder why they are all called commander. It's so dumb. I mean how hard would it be to call some of them Lieutenant-Commander. And call the most senior one Supreme commander or something. Plus if every lady in a green dress is the wife of a commander, how many commanders are there?
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    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    It also seemed interesting that June's daughter's appeared to be both baptized Catholic and as we have seen so far from who ends up on the wall, Gilead doesn't like catholics.
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    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    Not sure what else she was supposed to do, as it was obviously a lawyer style ask a question you already know the answer to. June could figure if she says no, they could haul her away for lying. On top of all the other shit she is processing there is also the fact that she killed 2 people. Sure it is basically war and they basically had it coming but it still has to add another layer on top of everything else that would mess with your head and make it hard to deal with your family. I really hope they don't do some kind of stupid international incident plot or have Gilead operatives kidnap June's baby from Canada. Because does Gilead really want to go starting shit with other countries? Yes Canada doesn't have a huge military but Gilead can barely seem to maintain the fight against the former US. Plus Canada has lots of friends that we have mutal defence treaties with. And I could only see those treaties getting stronger as the US falls apart. Especially if, as it seems,, everywhere else hates Gilead. Also on a lighter note, I found it hilarious that these super fanatical religious people were serving deviled eggs at their fancy party.
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    S03.E03: Useful

    So how come Serena's mom, a total true believer, was able to live in a big house and be Gilead high society but we never saw any sign of Serena's dad? Also what is up with Gilead's stupid kindergarten style everyone is a commander command structure? Doesn't that get super confusing that Nick has the same title as Lawrence?
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    S06.E13: Be Free

    Daya intentionally shot Humps, and being shot significantly contributed to his death. So even though he was a shitty person, I'm ok with her being on the hook for his murder. As for Blanca, did we ever find out what landed her in prison? Her story was sad and the actress sold it well, but it is hard to feel too bad about her deportation without knowing what crime she comitted.