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.
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.
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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.