I was so bored by this. It wasn’t even a good “bottle” episode in that normally with those the show deviates from its norm to give us insight into a particular character. We got nothing new from this other than we learned of some weird new ritual where a Handmaid has to kneel for months while her legs atrophy to pray for their walking partner. Huh?
The only few minutes of any interest was the talk with the doctor but it was so minimal I can’t forgive the rest of the ep. It just dragged. We already know they don’t care about the Handmaids, only the babies, I didn’t need to watch this woman die for an hour to be discarded once the baby was done being baked. And June’s “revelation” to get all the children out of Gilead would have felt more earned if she had done anything productive this season. If at this point we knew she was hatching a plan, passing notes to Martha’s, adding up her numbers of handmaids and the like that want to fight, setting up secret meeting places, plotting the movements of guards, shift changes, where they keep the weapons THEN her lightbulb moment would have had some meaning. But she’s done ZERO of anything.
Once again the show runners are more focused on visuals. Stark white room, red cloaked Handmaid. Row of blue clad wives with blue umbrellas walking in step with row of pink clad girls with pink umbrellas. Pretty visual, yes, add anything to the story, no.
I would have more enjoyed an episode about the factories they must have that does nothing but make blue dresses, dye blue shoes, make blue umbrellas, etc. Where do they get all this fabric in nothing but blue, red, pink and grey? That would have been a better bottle ep than this mess. And on a shallow note, someone needs to market the boots the handmaids wear because they are fabulous and I want a pair.