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  1. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Anyone can get away with anything at any given time on this show, and that’s due to the terribly inconsistent writing. I don’t buy that June attacking Ofmatthew so violently would go completely unnoticed, especially since she was screaming and cursing at her at the top of her lungs and forcing her half off the side of the bridge in broad daylight. That should have gotten someone’s attention, and it would have but it just wasn’t written to. The writers didn’t want June caught or taken to task, so she wasn’t, that’s how they’ve been operating this whole season. Even in this episode, before Ofmatthew’s freakout, we saw that regarding the entire group of Handmaids, all led by June, openly bullying Ofmatthew and not a single one of them got a mere crack across the knuckles for it, or a cattle prod jab to the ribs. The show only makes a big deal of consequences or punishment when it wants to further along the plot, but aside from that these characters get a free pass to do almost anything they want and everyone who supposedly would catch or punish them goes on standby. June is the most highlighted example because she’s the main character we see usually getting away with shit, but she’s certainly not the only one and it’s just as ridiculous for her as it is for anyone else who’s trapped in Gilead. In season 1 you got the sense of constant fear and trepidation and terror everyone felt, worried any little mistakes could mean certain death. Even in season 2 it was still present at times, like Serena’s whipping or her finger being removed, or when Nick’s baby bride thought about reporting him as a gender traitor, and also when she and her new lover were cruelly executed by public drowning. But this season is the season of no fucks given or taken when it comes to consistently and sensibility. The show will give itself a pass on whatever it wants to, from sexy tangos, to June losing her shit in open public, to a pregnant handmaid being gunned down.
  2. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    That’s probably my greatest source of frustration at the moment with this show. Some shows clearly run out of ideas and creative inspiration and it’s blatantly obvious, so when you see them stretching for plots and storylines that are doomed to fail you get why. But this show has the complete opposite problem, they aren’t lacking in potential, they have plenty to work with, both from the original source material and the quality of actors, mainly, that they’ve working with. But somehow they keep giving us the bare minimum, if that. There’s no sense of quality control, they go for the most basic, hohum, contrived ideas and then act as if they’ve crafted incredible masterpieces. It’s like this show has become a a Michael Bay production, all flash and no substance. Oh I think I hated on Nick plenty the first time around, heh. I didn’t care for the character or the actor much. If he does come back this season, he’ll probably be a general or something. But no matter what happens to him or anyone else on screen, time will always be made for June’s nose hair pan, er I mean “closeup”. That is a common issue with this cast and the writers. I ofteh just want to ask them, honestly, what show are they watching/filming, because it sounds like it’d be a huge improvement over the mess of a shit bomb THT has become. If you really went off their interviews you would think this show is one for the ages, it’s baffling. I mean, I know most actors and writers hype their own work for obvious reasons. But the way they talk about this show seems borderline delusional.
  3. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Oh now there's an idea, I like it. Except there was a lot more Nick in that one...well, I guess that's still a sacrifice worth making, heh. Honestly that is one thing I will say has been nice about this season, Nick has barely been a factor. I was getting tired of his brooding boredom, especially after last season. I guess even the show forgot what else they could do with him after killing off his baby bride. Take three, I know well the feeling. This show has crashed and burned rather spectacularly from where it was in season 1.
  4. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    I admit I fanwanked hard in season 1 because of how much I loved the book and seeing such a large chunk of it brought to life was really enjoyable. And it was right after...everything, heh, so that too fed into my desire to support this feminism heavy endeavor. But like you said, those great qualities that the book had, and season 1 displayed, are almost nowhere to be found. I honestly feel like I’m watching a rip-off of the original show, it’s so unbelievably off base and seems to be portraying these characters as completely opposite to who they used to be. A sadist aunt like Lydia who thrives on inflicting pain and suffering on her “girls” now merely asks them nicely to mind her and behave. That’s ludicrous based on what we’ve already seen from her, including this season. That horrid wench has brutalized Janine in a rage, she’s zapped June with clear ferocity and desire to cause significant pain, but now she just sees no way around June’s insolence, just no way at all...fuck off, show. And the handmaids...are they tortured prisoners of Gilead, sentenced to be raped and abused, or are they now just a bunch of gal pals ruining the joint, taking shit from nobody, giving no fucks whatsoever. Ah, HH, now there was a masterpiece. And it was meant to be a comedy. This show has become hilarious for all the wrong reasons. I now believe that the show has officially stopped trying to oppress its’ characters within the show because it now freely oppresses its’ viewers. Normally I’d want full writing credit for an idea, but in this case... *slowly backs away whistling* Heeeeee, I love this group. Amen. It’s really sad to see what was once such an important voice of the story turned into a laughably bad joke. I remember wondering if I even wanted to start the thread for this episode, I was so let down by it, even more than I thought I would be. But then I just wanted to express my exact feelings in the moment so, heh, that came out. Were it not for this forum I probably would have checked out already. Oh, and welcome! We have wine, cheese and crackers, and limitless snark, please have as much as you like. Oh that is perfect. Now I want to see them doing one of those tragic and trashy sit down “tell all” reunions, complete with drunken slaps, hair pulling, and unintelligible screaming of every curse word known to man. Now that would have been a golden take on her backstory. When I realized they were going to involve a failed romance angle into Lydia’s trigger moment I just had to sigh and roll my eyes. This character had more than enough established layers that they should have been able to cone up with something even half as good as you did. Her motivation could have been based on everything from religious fanaticism to being a sadist sociopath, the well to draw from was deep with Lydia. Instead the show just went with the basic package of “woman felled by lust” and it’s such a tired, overplayed, trope at this point, so unoriginal and tedious. They could have dedicated the entire episode to Lydia, frankly with all the ridiculous handmaid bullshit they stuck in, I would have preferred a solo Lydia tale. Start her at the beginning of her day in Gilead, and as she goes through it, they could have flashed through her backstory, showing us pre-, during, and post Gilead Lydia. This show has forgotten not only how to tell a story, but also how to just merely entertain, imo. I don’t want to spend twice as long as I did watching afterwards in my head trying to make sense of what I just watched, and connecting umpteen dots to complete the story they couldn’t be bothered to finish themselves.
  5. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Tell the truth. This show is the one who made it clear to us what sort of society Gilead is, you don't just stop playing by its' rules, that will get you killed or you will end up in Jezebel's if you're a female to be prostituted to death basically. But now all these rules suddenly just have poofed, they don't apply to the most vulnerable members of this unforgiving society. Are they actually trying to say the second Lydia and her henchwomen saw their "girls" acting out so boldly they wouldn't have immediately been applying cattle prods and feet whippings, among other punishments, to get these troops back in line? There's no way these aunts would fuck around with even a sniff of such anarchy, they can't afford to. If the handmaids start revolting then they have a huge problem, they have to keep these women submissive and beaten down by the system by any means necessary. These fuckers once faked a mass handmaid hanging to "teach the girls a lesson", now they just wring their hands hopelessly, not knowing whatever can be done with these rowdy young ladies? That is straight up just fucking ridiculous. Here, the show would rather have Lydia dealing with the obvious ringleader, June, like she's her wayward niece whose been sent to her for the Summer to get back on the "right track" and improve her wild behavior. The harsh realities of this world no longer apply, and not only do we the viewers know it, the characters seem to as well, especially June. June may be fertile and she's proven she can deliver a healthy baby, but at this point Gilead wouldn't trust her to pee in a chamber pot unsupervised. Lydia would have marked June ages ago for reassignment, after all she is the one who in an earlier episode screamed at June she would have had her on the wall if she'd had her way. And if reassigned I could easily see June sent to DC, making sure her bad influence on the others was removed completely. It would be the perfect place for a rebel like her. A place where handmaids lose their ability to speak freely and are practically taught to kneel and heel for their masters, like proper pets. They would have either broken June by now or killed her trying, unless she managed to somehow get away. But instead we have unbreakable, unwavering June thwarting the system in its' face at every turn. And make no mistake, her Sisterhood of the Traveling Red Cloaks are all coming with her. Just try and stop them... Oy.
  6. In that interview Miller sunk to a whole new low for me. Even if I still had any hope for this season to somehow make a miraculous come back, and I absolutely do not, but it I did this interview would have dashed it all to bits and pieces. In fact I would be furious for an entirely different reason. For him to practically say "fuck it, she lives because the story says so, the end", to me he might as well be telling me to shove it. I'd be the one still trying to give his ass the benefit of the doubt, trying to trust the process and his end game, but this is how he'd repay my good faith and viewership loyalty? GTFO with that mess. Miller clearly has no respect for the audience, I'm convinced of that. It's one thing if he felt people don't agree with his vision or his take on Atwood's work and he defended himself against the criticism, but he wants to basically wash his hands of his own writing choices and decisions, and is unabashedly saying anyone who has an issue with the terrible plots needs to chill by implying the method to his madness is that he's working with a predetermined ending, and that isn't even true. He has personally made or directly been involved in all the major decisions for this show, even when using Atwood's direct writings, but especially now he is the main head writer in control. No wonder the writing keeps punking us, because this jerk is a punk.
  7. Just when I thought I couldn't stand Bruce Miller any less, he goes and does this. Okay, just...this is real, guys. Somehow, this is real... The Handmaid's Tale's Showrunner Shares What Keeps June Alive I...I've gone choleric again, I think I popped a blood vessel from internally raging so hard. So now he's back to claiming there is a shortage of handmaids even after we saw a goddamm massive hoard of them in DC, sure. Yeah...fine. Oh, and he also claims that: ...was he high when he gave this interview? Just feeling all the good vibrations he forgot what show and character he was supposed to be talking about? June is very wise...? She takes small chances...? This is madness! This has to be the most trolling interview he's given to date. They should have just put up a picture of him with both middle fingers up, laughing, surrounded by money. But I can't even get worked up about that too much, because this mf-er actually said this next: ...so lemme get this straight. Bruce Miller is basically telling us that since we know June "survives", supposedly, we just need to chalk everything up to happenstance, it doesn't really matter what's written on the show or how many times she fucks up royally or how many times she openly breaks the rules. She is going to live because it's already been predestined and therefore no other outcome can reached, bullshit writing and plots be damned. He is literally and figuratively incapable of writing anything that could interfere with June's survival. It's just not POSSIBLE. Now in the book: Dear sweet teenage jesus on a moped, mother Atwood must be crying blood tears right now. I never thought he would actually give us such a shitty, fucking copout, this really surprised me. He is officially the worst. At what exactly? I am just going to say "all the things", full stop.
  8. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Oh there just aren't enough expletives in the world at this point, heh. I never had to turn on a show the way I have with this one to be honest. Season 1 was like one of the best experiences I've ever had as a TV watcher, and to see what I'm seeing now, I feel personally attacked in so many ways. THT is no longer about the handmaid experience, imo, and not just because we don't see the "ceremony" anymore, or so much open brutality, but the whole universe seems to have shifted. I find it somewhat amusing that Miller developed the show "Eureka" but he hasn't got a clue about how to make this show appropriately function with its' subject matter. Watching the handmaids in this episode was baffling, they were handmaids in name only, but their behavior, their demeanor was like something out of a cheesy C movie drama on LMN about a girls' club at junior high where one member gets excommunicated. Not only doesn't June show fear anymore, though that's been happening all damn season, but in this episode almost none of them do either. It was too tempting for the writers, I guess, to pass up the chance to show June and her handmaid crew giving you all the attitude and "face!" because these ladies are hardcore. I could not roll my eyes enough about this bullshit. These women are watching and participating in hangings occurring every other day, they are still followed by guards who seem rather trigger happy, so much so in fact that they would actually fire on a pregnant handmaid, but none of that matters because hey're safe from repercussions the same way June is and so they operate as such. The writing team ensures these characters will hardly face a basic scolding, then there will always be some lazy excuse given for it and everything moves on until the next time. To me this current style of writing completely removes, not to mention ruins, the illusion these are tormented and tortured sex slaves, helpless, hopeless, victims in fear of the slightest mistakes or errors which could lead them to the colonies or the wall. If they wanted to start showing the handmaids resisting more and more, they skipped some pretty key steps. Step 1 should have been to provide these characters with actual resistance. We should have seen them actually pushing back, getting knocked down and then getting back up again only more determined than before, while all in keeping with the brutal, absolute consequences they sold us on during season 1. At this point any semblance of accountability for the key players has vanished, it's nonexistent. Everyone vital to the plot is always going to be safe and survive in this world, regardless of it being Gilead, a heartless, cold, cruel regime without any true sense of consciousness and morality. But if June wants to act out and mouth off, look out, she's the queen bee around here. I can't and won't accept that kind of fuckery just because she's the lead. I said something similar to this in another post of mine - if Miller wants to.make this show some kind of Sci-fi production where characters survive the impossible and improbable, and there's always some other worldly magic barrier that keeps the plot safe no matter what, I'd rather he stop halfassing it. When Emily was driven away with Holly at the end of season 2, I feel as if she was the last, true handmaid I've seen since. Just like June, these women may wear the uniforms and bonnets, but their handmaid roles are merely lip service now for the most part. They're daring and fearless and sassy and in your face about it in a place where a mere disagreeable word could get a finger removed or burnt hands just for starters. Yeah, I'll buy that, right along with Lydia being a secret dominatrix at Jezebel's. And I hope to god I just didn give them any ideas...
  9. AnswersWanted

    Spoilers For the Hulu Show

    June operates based on the plot, that's all she's been doing this entire season. She didn't escape when it made zero sense to remain in Gilead, she got tricked by Fred and Serena because of course she's super gullible when necessary, she leveled her path to Hannah by being dumb and careless as fuck, she apparently sees no point in working Lawrence for further favors as she displayed in episode 8, and now they've stuck her in a hospital room with the same handmaid they all are clearly aware she openly, like straight up in your faces, hates and despises, and yet they're going to act as if June isn't a huge danger to Ofmatthew, and on top of that she's being "driven insane" and will snap and attack another character impervious to any and all Gilead repercussions. This show has become the rollercoaster ride from hell. June has taken so many twists and turns as a character she's practically a pretzel. She does what she's written to do, like a plot barbie doll, she functions only to make shit happen while nothing actually happens to her, and seeing her lunge at Serena is not exciting or surprising to me, it's more pointless filler of so called "rebellion" that will render nothing earned or gained. For attacking a wife June would be sent to the colonies or hung, will she be? 'Course not, and it's tiring. She's not rebelling, she's not even resisting because June has no real resistance, she has to win and survive for the next episode to happen, so since this is just episode 9 we are on, June is guaranteed another pass for openly being the world's worst, most disobedient, and frankly unhinged handmaid. Honestly they should just have her rewire one of the hospital machines to explode for a diversion, then she could take someone hostage and make her way out to go on the run yet again. If Miller wants so badly to change June into this Sci-fi power princess then he needs to stop halfassing it. But this chick stopped being a handmaid at the end of season 2.
  10. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    I'm an equal opportunity hater, heh, I can hate all aspects to a story that is a complete failure no matter which way I look at it. I am also more than willing to take the show at face value, and right now, imo, its' face value is that it is a god forsaken shit pit of pointless plots, stagnant storylines, and character assassination, when they even bother to focus on actually writing characters and not just putting people places to do things that will either shock the audience or other. I read a review about this episode that basically said the show gave us a great reason to not care about her or her reasons for being who she is thanks to such a poorly executed story, and I could not agree more. This back story did not humanize her or make her further complex and interesting, it made her a cheap caricature. I see no need why they would even what to have Lydia's backstory hing on such a stereotypical path to darkness, especially for a female. There was no need to involve a man at all with her. Regardless of it was a failed romance or spurred sex tryst, whatever the case may be, Lydia could have and should have been written as a person first, not a reeved up libido gone wild. There was so much more she could have been than a plain Jane religious pollyanna that took one failed night of sexual awakening and let it become the main motivator for her descent into darkness. They might as well have just made her a staunch virgin who always viewed loose, immoral women as little she devils who used their lustful bodies to defy god and brought his wrath upon the US, cursing it with infertility and pollution. This show continually wants to settle for telling a story that's severely lacking in creative, inspiration, and motivation.
  11. AnswersWanted

    Spoilers For the Hulu Show

    Welp, I guess if they want to fully torpedo the premise this season ever had a point or purpose, this type of episode will do nicely. This is just getting ridiculous. June basically is playing 10 different characters at this point, and none of them are good. So we're back to a season 1 throwback, June in isolation losing her mind, but we're now holed up in the hospital, because sure, why the fuck not, and we're going to have a physical altercation that will surely lead to more of nothing because June and Serena are not going anywhere. Yawn. I already feel like this mess has truly turned into a horror show, they really didn't need to prove it with this kind of episode.
  12. Oh no...so much beautiful, glorious hate, lost to the interwebs forever...a moment of silence please...heh.
  13. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    _ Preach. It was like we’d entered the Handmaid Nursery School in the middle of class right after one of the girls had been “naughty”. It was such a pathetic attempt to recapture the same horror scene we witnessed in season 1. That was such a belittling and dehumanizing experience to witness. This? Was positively shameful. They’re so far off the mark they cannot even manage to match what they’ve already done before. It’s astounding that these writers keep mining the same shit pit and they just go deeper and deeper. At this point they should have just left in that entire cast dance sequence to the Taylor Swift song, it would have fit in just fine. In fact it would have worked better than 95% of this season has managed to. But she did her hair and makeup though. Her HAIR AND MAKEUP!! And she wore SEQUINS!!! What is a woman if she can’t get a man to give it to her? Well she becomes a bitter aunt who encourages rape and torture, that’s what. So remember ladies, if you don’t get the “d” there’s no point in living life for yourself, none whatsoever, just give up. Give up and make sure the whole world BURNS!!!!!! THT just throwing down all the “More You Know” gems left and right.
  14. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    Hah! Double jeopardy just took on a whole new meaning. BatJune (swoops down from the shadows) Fear not, lowly citizen handmaid, I saw the signal and- Handmaid (currently hiding in the bushes) : You’ve come to rescue me?? BatJune: Why would I do that? You have those safety bushes anyway. What I was wondering is do you happen to know where they took my daughter by any chance...? Handmaid: No, I...but I have a daughter too, her name is Ma- BatJune: Whoops, time flies when you don’t care. Anyhoodles, I’m sure it’ll all work out for ya. Oh look, here come some helpful dudes in vans! They’re sure to give you a lift! Handmaid: Wait!! BatJune: Gotta go, it’s scrabble night and I have the perfect 12 letter word score! Also this review, I want to share wine and cheese crackers with it. It’s nice to see even some of the more ardent reviewers are throwing up their hands at this point. The show is just too messy and discombobulated to keep defending. “Unfit” is the worst episode of The Handmaid’s Tale Yet I just want that title alone quoted at Miller and Littlefield through the world’s largest and loudest megaphone for days and days and days straight.
  15. AnswersWanted

    S03.E08: Unfit

    No, you missed nothing, they gave us nothing to explain her rapid descent into madness to such a degree. Being upset and feeling alone is one thing, this chick lost every bit of her shit because June stared at her basically like the Joker on acid. They decided another handmaid had to pull a Emily, that's precisely what this scene reminded me of except in Emily's case we knew exactly what caused her to snap, crackle, and pop off, and we had been building up to it for weeks. But these writers just cared about having more mayhem suddenly go down, with June at the center of it all as always. The way she waggled her eyebrows at Ofmatthew and used her eyes to gesture towards Lydia right before she pointed the gun at her definitely gave me telekinesis vibes as well. It was quite possibly the most ridiculous scene this show has aired so far. And last season we had a magic wolf...I am actually nearly dumbfounded they found a way to top themselves, but yet I know I shouldn't be.
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