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  1. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Exactly. Without even getting into the ridiculous plot contrivance of no guards being around when June attacked OfMatthew/them being that slow to react when the other one flipped out in the store, in the end, OfMatthew was (presumably) killed. June's "punishment" for trying to kill her? She gets to talk back to all of her superiors and refuse to peform her duties as a handmaid. Makes total sense.
  2. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Her total indifference to Janine (an entirely and unconditionally innocent person in the whole mess) being brutally attacked, as a consequence of her own actions no less, was just so infuriating, and no state of mind can justify that. At that point I was totally fine with OfMatthew putting a bullet through her.
  3. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    I feel they've changed the religious ideology of Gilead a lot in S3, like they did with, well, everything. Back in S1 their religion seemed like a rather distant ofshoot of Christianity exclusively based on the Old Testament. I don't think there was a single reference to Jesus throughout the entire first two seasons. In fact, it's even debatable if the leaders of Gilead even considered themselves Christians. Now they're mentioning Christ, we're seeing the cross symbol everywhere, the Crusades are referenced, children are baptized etc. It looks like the whole thing has been watered down as to resemble the modern fundamentalist Christianity. It's one of the many, many dissapointing things about this season.
  4. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    It's actually possible that in her mind, OfMatthew really believed she was saving June from certain death that awaited her once her ill-conceived plan to meet her daughter fell apart. Because, make no mistake, that's exactly what would happen if June wasn't the protagonist of the show - she would have been immediately discovered and then severely punished. You can't really blame the poor woman for not knowing about June's plot armour. At the same time, you can't really blame June for not being able to see that perspective considering her state of mind at the time. Although, one may wonder how June is able to garner at least some sympathy for the people who raped, beat and tortured her and are ACTUALLY responsible for the kidnapping of her daughter, while absolutely none for the person who might have been trying to help her. Still, it's at least somewhat understandable. It's the behaviour of other handmaids that I really take issue with. Yeah, no one likes a snitch. Also, no one likes having their body parts cut off. We all know how much pregnancy is revered in Gilead, to the point of fetishization. Bullying a pregnant handmaid, in public? Calling her names, shoving her, spitting into her drink? All that for doing something that's actually looked upon very favourably by the authorities? That's a pretty huge no-no. Aunt Lydia would have none of it and she'd find a way to make them pay for that. They HAD to be aware of what. That they were able to get away with it (except poor Janine, the only one who didn't take part in it *sigh*) is an absurd plot contrivance.
  5. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    That's what I was thinking too. The other thing I was worried about was that Lydia will be aroused by Noelle when she was putting on her make-up and that it will turn out she's a repressed lesbian all along. Well, that's at least one tired ass cliche they spared us from. Always be grateful for the small things!
  6. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Agreed. If that's where they were going with that story, and I believe they were, then Aunt Lydia needed to be portrayed somewhat differently. For starters, she's not even overly religious. Yes, she's conservative and quotes the Bible and whatnot, but that's literally how millions of people act. She's certainly not Carrie's (of Stephen King's novel) mother. She knows Noelle is sleeping around and while she's not approving of such lifestyle (and frankly, a lot of irreligious people wouldn't be either), that doesn't bother her enough to stop her from seemingly genuinely bonding with her. I guess they wanted to show that she already had the tendency to "fix" women (her "You could be better!" line), like's she's doing now as an Aunt, but the way she goes about helping Noelle (trying to get her to get a decent job, settle down with a good man etc.) is simply incomparable with the monstrosity of Gilead's handmaid system. Moreover, she's clearly very much into the principal and she's really not that perturbed about that fact. They're awkwardly flirting from the beginning. She's willing to go dancing. She's willing to invite him over and make the first move. If her "straying" is what sent her down the shame spiral, it would have been much more effective if she had made a pass on that man and he coldly and flatly rejected her (thus adding insult to injury), instead of clearly stating that likes her and wants to spend time for her, but is just not quite ready yet for something physical. Or alternatively, if they had had sex, and she liked it, but couldn't cope with it later, feeling she had betrayed herself - but for that, they would have needed to amp up her religiosity. The way it was presented, it really looked like a tired cliche of a scorned woman going cray-cray, which does no benefit to anyone and is frankly insulting. Also, what I found odd is that there were absolutely no hints that she was acquainted with Sons of Jacob and their ideology at the time, no use of Gileadean "Newspeak". One would think she'd already be well on her way of becoming a "true believer" at that point.
  7. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    To me it looked like it was set in the time just before the "revolution", with Gilead not being officially in power yet, but with the society becoming more conservative in general and the Sons of Jacob possibly having infiltrated the government and amended the laws to suit their agenda. It guess it could be around the time June was chastised for sending her sick daughter to school. To me, that period is extremely interesting and I'd like to see more flashbacks exploring it - if they make sense, that is, which is really questionable now with this show. The problem I have with this timeline is that it doesn't really allow much space for Aunt Lydia to go from a fairly run-of-the-mill conservative Christian to a raging fundamentalist, already ranked highly enough within the Sons of Jacob to be entrusted with the duty of an Aunt.
  8. Joana

    S03.E08: Unfit

    OK, this has to be some sort of parody of The Handmaid's Tale and the real S3 is yet to be released? Because, what the hell is this. They're not even trying anymore. June can do literally whatever she wants. Last week she tried to kill a pregnant woman. The biggest crime imaginable in Gilead, right? Not only are there no consequences (to quote Aunt Lydia's favourite phrase), but it's not even mentioned. Remember when handmaids used to be beaten to a pulp for speaking out of turn? Now they can gang up on, again, A PREGNANT WOMAN, and obviously and unabashedly bully her in public, and no one gives a single crap, Aunt Lydia included. Remember when Alma seemed like she could be an interesting character? Such a shame she's been reduced to a member of June's Mean Handmaids clique. I've stopped feeling sorry for June in any shape and form and I spent the whole episode hoping someone would smack her in the face. Oh, and I call total BS on the McKenzies relocating. Yeah, uprooting your entire life and moving to a secret location because a random handmaid keeps pestering you is so much easier than, you know, getting rid of the pestering handmaid. But of course, she's so special. Aunt Lydia's backstory had so much potential. What do we get? She turned into a sadistic monster because a man rejected her. Well, of course, OF COURSE. What else could possibly motivate a woman??! I wish they'd just put Janine out of her misery. It's not that I want her dead, hell, she's probably the most sympathetic character left (and also, you know it's bad when Janine of all people is the only person acting sensibly in the entire episode), but I literally can't stand to watch the poor thing being beaten and abused all the bloody time.
  9. Joana

    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    It didn't occur to me, but yeah, it would have much more sense as Serena's fantasy. I can't get over how ridiculous the whole thing was. To quote that iconic scene from Rome, that dance party totally looked like early, EARLY stages of an orgy! As for the Martha being hanged, I thought OfMatthew clearly implied everyone was well aware who really was behind it and the Martha was only used as a scapegoat because of... Aunt Lydia's inexplicable fondness for June? Or maybe Commander Lawrence pulled some strings to make sure his wife's role in it didn't come up? That could actually even make some sense. But again, like always with this show, it's 10% actual storytelling, 90% fan fiction.
  10. Joana

    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    Yes, but June is far from the only person trying/wishing to escape from Gilead. Or who was separated from her child. As we have been shown numerous times, getting out of Gilead is extremely difficult and yet she was given a chance to escape already twice, and the second time she refused. So again, how is this particular handmaid worth such risk? Why would anyone try to help her again when there are so many people out there in the same situation? I mean, we have seen not one, but TWO Wives conspiring to get her to see her daughter. That's nonsense. That would never happen. And then a random Martha, who she does not know at all, agrees to help June see her daughter for a moment, even though it's incredibly risky and serves no real purpose as nothing substantial can come out of it. If anything, by now everyone remotely connected to the Resistance would know NOT to go anywhere near June, as it's a sure way to get yourself killed, all for nothing.
  11. Joana

    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    Also, why the hell is everyone in Gilead so obsessed with helping June retrieve her daughter? Who is she to them? What has she ever done to them? How is she possibly worth putting their own lives in danger over her? Organizing the escape for her and her baby at the end of the last season was already enough of a stretch, and when she refused it, every single Martha/Handmaid/Wife/Commander/Eye/Whoever should have been like "GURL, BYE!"
  12. Joana

    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    I'm still laughing because I was just thinking how amazing it would be if June became aware of her Plot Armour and then strangled her shopping partner right there in front of everyone and then... it ACTUALLY HAPPENED and I literally howled. OMG, this show. I can't wait to see how June gets herself out of this mess! Except that I don't really care at all. Good going there, June. What a brilliant plan this was all along. Relying on an obviously unstable woman (BTW, it's nice to know she's glad Janine's baby is not dead, she only repeated it like a dozen times) so you could see your daughter for a couple of seconds, while breaking 18982 rules in the process. Jeez, what could possibly go wrong? The answer is, well, everything. When the guard said that "Parker is not here", my first thought was "Obviously, he's hanging on a wall somewhere". Anyway, when they showed June desperately clinging onto that wall, for a second I thought her motherly instinct would give her enough strength to jump over it. And hey, why not. Crazier things have happened and will happen on this show. Emily being interrogated over her "criminal past" in Gilead was all kinds of ridiculous. And then she and Moira get arrested for disturbing the peace? I can't. I really, really can't. GTFO. The continuity on this show still never fails to impress. Last week, Washington made Saudi Arabia look like an ultra liberal place in comparison. Now? They're organizing grandiose dance balls straight out of Tolstoy's novels and men and women (and men and men) are freely and openly ogling each other. COME ON. This really was a dumpster fire of an episode throughout.
  13. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    You know who else would be "fascinated" by a masculine gay man, in 2019? Aunt Lydia. I think I preferred her when she was a character on the show, not the writer. Next episode: Emily puts on a lipstick and it's lauded as a deeply nuanced portrayal.
  14. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    I can totally imagine this. Hey, those devices are purely symbolic and represent the handmaids' vows to silence and obedience. The rings don't actually go through the flesh at all and the women are able to open their mouths at any time, they just choose not to. How did you not SEE that at once, duh? And actually, I AM half-expecting an explanation like this.
  15. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    That's strongly implied in this episode, yes. The Swiss officials refuse to negotiate with him "because of his past" and Serena refers to him as a "crusader" (although, would that be a real expression in Gilead? Isn't Catholicism a big no-no now?), saying that "they'd never be here without him", indicating he played a pretty major role in overthrowing the government. And then she sneers at the shocked June, mockinly wondering about how in all that time they had spent together he never happened to mention to her anything about it. We also see that he's now a very powerful military figure, for some reason. I'm convinced it's all a very deliberate misdirection and that it will turn out that his real role is something completely different, but we have seen his backstory, we have witnessed him serving the Waterfords, so there's absolutely no way this new piece of info can fit in there and I really can't deal with it.
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