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  1. Especially since his first appearance is sitting in a chair in the dark, waiting for Mary Anne to come in. It was a very Sean like moment 🙂
  2. I found this episode really tedious, the various shocking visuals aside (headless Lincoln, whatever they had done to the Handmaid's mouth that didn't really make sense). I don't think the show is going to have Nichole sent back to Gilead so this plot just feels like time wasting and an excuse for June and the viewer to spend more time with the Waterfords. I could just about stand seeing more of the Waterfords if their plotline was now totally separate from June's but at the minute, it feels like every episode features June being sent to spend time with the Waterfords for some contrived reason. They don't need June to ask for the baby back. It's also annoying to see June again taking the mad risk of screaming at Serena and burning her bridges with her. Even if June senses there is no chance Serena will stop trying to bring Nichole back, Serena is volatile and capable of being really cruel and vindictive. It doesn't make any sense for June to speak to her that way, given she is focused on trying to survive long enough to get Hanna out. It's also frustrating because pretty much all the characters in the Lawrence household are more interesting than the Waterfords at this point.
  3. I would love it if S5 was just 5 episodes of normal cases and Jane getting the tattoos removed.
  4. In the book Offred mentions that if a handmaid successfully delivers a healthy child, their reward is that they won't be sent to the Colonies but it is by no means clear if this is actually true or not given that resources are scarce and it's not obvious what would happen to them in terms of Gilead's society (would they be sent to work as Marthas or allowed to become Econowives). With the book, Atwood's thing was that none of those things that happen to women in the novel was made up (the Argentinian military dictatorship stole children from dissidents and then executed the dissidents.) June's status in the show is interesting because although she has delivered a healthy baby, Gilead didn't end up hanging onto the child and also June has been near to or actively caught doing several things the regime dislikes.
  5. I liked this episode and the June/Lawrence dynamic is interesting. From what we saw in this episode, he's pretty much as misogynistic as anyone in Gilead, give or take a few quirks. I liked the detail of him calling Emily "unnaturally smart". Presumably the silent next bit of that was "for a woman". I'm not wild about all of the writing for June in this episode though. We know June is observant and that she's seen Lawrence show concern for his wife on multiple occasions so it felt off that she would try and seduce him. Also, if he was motivated by any sort of sexual attraction to June, it seems highly likely he would not be skipping the Ceremony. This thought also made me worried for June. If he's obsessed with people being useful, June's main use to Gilead is the fact she can have children but Lawrence isn't doing the Ceremony and if she was to sleep with someone else and get caught, that's meant to be punishable by death (or apparently some light chores if you are June in Gilead). So if I was June I would be worried I was being used to stress test how sustainable Gilead is. The fact Lawrence talks about safety valves suggests he wants the society to endure. With the Waterfords, some people wondered why Serena's Mum had the house. All I can think is that either we didn't see her husband or she has some reflected status as Serena's mother/a widow. That may be why she holds the prayer circles and has so many friends; she needs to be useful to maintain her position as well. It may also have played into her advice to Serena, which seemed to have strong undertones of disgust. After all Serena helped create the world where she needs Fred to survive (divorce definitely does not seem like it would be an option in Gilead).
  6. I thought this episode was a big improvement on the season opener. Alexis Bledel continues to do the best work of her career as Emily. Aside from her expression, the deadened tone to her voice really sold how lost and disconnected she was feeling. Also I loved Samira Wiley's work in this episode as well. I'm curious to see where they go with Emily because given how extreme her experiences were in Gilead, you can imagine her snapping in Canada and reacting violently to something. I also liked that the show interrogated June's recklessness a bit more in this episode. She's clearly lost any sense of caution and here, it contributes to someone else's death. I find this totally believable, she's basically gone from being willing to do anything to get through and survive to the other extreme and her lucky escapes seem to have made her think she is untouchable. There were also other reminders the regime is onto her to a certain extent such as the walking partner and Aunt Lydia's anger. June shouldn't really trust or take liberties with Aunt Lydia, yet she seems to have a compulsion to do so. June is smart enough to realise that Aunt Lydia, having been stabbed by Emily, might be volatile and also thinking she was too lenient with the handmaids in general. I love what they are doing with Lawrence's character. For all his good deeds, he also seems like someone who would throw June to the wolves, if necessary.
  7. I can believe they would keep June around given that she has delivered a healthy baby and might be able to do it again but I couldn't help feeling like the Waterfords story was done and finished. No matter what either of them do, it won't erase the society they helped create and they keep blatantly breaking Gilead's rules so I'm going to get annoyed if they, like June, manage to keep doing so without anyone asking any questions. The whole terrifying dystopian future conceit only works if the people running it are competent enough to seem threatening.
  8. As ever, the production design and lighting for this one was amazing but this episode itself felt like a different show to me. I really wish they had gone the limited number of episodes route with this show. In some ways it is fun to see June trying to fight the regime from the inside but it just doesn't marry up with the Gilead of season one. In some ways I wish they had used this episode to clear the decks. As far as I'm concerned the Waterfords story is finished. There is no more there, there. And with June, her ability to somehow commit various crimes we know the regime will cheerfully mutilate and kill people for and evade all but minor punishment is just killing my suspension of disbelief. We know there are not that many Handmaids and they are tracked carefully and yet no-one in power has thought "wow this one Handmaid sure seems to be around for lots of major crimes, maybe we should look into that." The only way it makes sense for June still to be in Gilead would be if Marthas were hiding her or if she was basically under lock and key in the hopes she would conceive another child.
  9. I was really annoyed by the Evil Lauren thing at the end. Lauren is the only Strucker who doesn't annoy the hell out of me and I think she's a more interesting character when she wants to be ready to fight but not full on evil. The scene with the landlord was over the top and seemed a bit of a sudden and intense character shift. It's not exactly satisfying that it was brought about by a frigging music box. Also it doesn't help that her parents are so badly written and annoying that in her place I would be kind of hoping for the police to take them away ;-)
  10. Remi might be evil, delusional and dying but it still seems kind of unethical for Weller to want to force her to have massively risky brain surgery against her will just in case it makes her Jane again. I still call bs if Tasha is anything other than deep undercover on a mission. I don't really buy any of her motivations this season if she isn't. And it's silly but I found Rich tricking Boston at the end messed up also and the idea that the FBI/US miltary would just overlook who did the hacking that easily is too goofy even for this show.
  11. I liked the band getting back together to rescue John but I'm over from Agent Jesse from Burn Notice's bullshit. He's just not a nuanced enough character to be either interesting or sympathetic. Also Jace? You lost your child but the job and wife were kind of on you because of your repeated bad choices. And the way they write him (i.e. badly) is even managing to make his bereaved parent schtick less sympathetic because he only ever brings her up to score points in arguments. Something else that bothered me is that they didn't really address Lauren's perspective on the reunion enough. By which I mean: 1) Lauren's feelings while her parents were delighted to see her brother, who basically seriously physically assaulted her, back in their lives (albeit temporarily) 2) Lauren's feelings about Andy basically wanting her to reassure him in their dream after his actions and conduct towards her.
  12. This show frustrates me because it isn't great and it isn't bad enough to be entertaining but there's also still something there. That said this season could have used more moral complexity. There wasn't much conflict in Rebecca's arc at all, she was an overly powerful psychotic person who was clearly going to have to die. I think she would have been a more interesting character if she had had some good to her or if they had committed to her being warped by her time in the mental hospital. Whereas the flashback with her parents seemed to indicate she was always dangerous. Similar thing with the Hellfire Club. It's been hard to buy them as the antagonists for the last few episodes when they at least seem to be achieving more than what remains of the Mutant Underground. Also John has no alternative sustainable plan for improving things for mutants. Helping a few people until eventually you get stopped doesn't seem to be much of a plan. I like him so I was irritated to see his completely needless seeming capture this episode. I agree with everyone who wants Jesse from Burn Notice off the show yesterday. He's not sympathetic or interesting and you would think someone whose life had been wrecked by losing a child would be a bit more squeamish about tearing families apart.
  13. I feel like they got bored with the main plot of this episode and forgot to write a resolution. Why on earth was a rogue Pentagon biohazard fighting team using dolls to test out chemical weapons on random unfortunates? Or was that the whole plot? Also if we are meant to believe they were getting away with this for any length of time, surely they needed to be a bit subtler about their plans to kill a bunch of FBI agents and not be loading guns in front of their colleagues. I'm really struggling with this season because I liked Jane as a character and it feels like we've now had about 10 episodes of obviously off Jane and the characters are still spinning their wheels about it. Really Jane killing someone with a sword in episode 1 feels like the major clue here, guys. Thinking about it, they should have had Jane have episodes where she forgets her years as Jane Doe and reverts to her Remy personality. That would have made more sense in terms of them not catching on sooner.
  14. We just got this in the UK last week. I'm hoping the show will do what it did in S1 and not drag plotlines out too much. Jane/Remy is really, really obviously off (especially killing the woman with the katana!) You can't have the characters being smart enough to decode complicated tattoos and yet too stupid to pick up on her really obviously sabotaging missions, suddenly killing a load more people more violently and also smirking evilly and speaking in a sort of emotionless monotone most of the time. I still assume Tasha is in the midst of some kind of deep cover mission for the CIA (I thought her firing seemed very stagey and fake but time will tell).
  15. For me this episode got the key points right. I love Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and I think it was a smart move to dial back some of the regeneration confusion we saw with 12 and have her come into her own fairly quickly. Of the new companions only Ryan felt properly fleshed out but I really liked him. He also seems quite clever (he came up with a lot of the right questions). I liked Yaz but I don't think we learned too much about here other than being ambitious. I like Graham and I'm sorry that they killed Grace. I also liked Karl and can see why he would feel threatened enough to kill the Stensor. 13 was channelling 10 with Harriet Jones, with that remark to him. Also I live in South Yorkshire and can confirm: 1) We will not be impressed by anything new no matter how strange. 2) Lots of people here get drunk and throw food but it's usually not at Predator-y looking aliens. Hopefully they won't put the last five minutes of this episode at the start of the next one! Man that gets annoying when you binge watch the old series.....
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