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  1. All in all, I really enjoyed this show. I watched it with my niece and she seemed to like it as well. The whole experiment thing is interesting but I don't like the reasoning behind it. I've always been a sucker for the stranded-on-an-island trope, though. I liked all the girls and how diverse they were in backgrounds and personality. It made for an interesting watch. I adored Dot, though I suppose that's because I unfortunately identified with her the most. I like Leah precisely because she is rather unhinged. It makes for a great story. As for the Twilight of Adam, I'm in. I really did not see that one coming. It's kind of giving off "Maze Runner" vibes with the whole girls vs boys in isolation thing. I don't think that it will be exactly like "Lord of the Flies" just because they're boys.
  2. Good Lord, that is a huge baby! The Duggar babies are easily twice the size of the Tuesday family!! But he is a cutie and I love the name Gideon. I figured they would announce today as well and I knew as soon as I saw how many posts I was missing that he was born. I think he looks like the perfect mix of his parents. I am also very glad he is a boy but I'm worried for him that he will be forced into labor too early. All of the kids seem to be and that's truly sad. So now we're onto guessing who has the next pregnancy announcement and so forth. Sorry, Gideon, your time in the spotlight is already up.
  3. Sorry, can I interrupt the festivities? I've been trying to find this for years now and a reddit post has me on the hunt again. I thought in the 16KAC special, they visited somewhere that had a lady with a fiddle that taught the kids to sing "Mississippi Hot Dog" or whatever. Does anyone else remember this? Or is this from some other family or show or whatever?
  4. Well, I guess we're on Baby Forsyth countdown. I would be miserable, too, if I was that pregnant.
  5. Oh, that's terrible! I can't remember hearing about it but I don't come on here as much.
  6. Wasn't Clark Wilson the guy who helped build the TTH? The Bates Family instagram posted about his death. How sad for his family.
  7. I always think it's a security risk as well. If someone wanted to rob you blind and you post that kind of video, they'd have all the information they'd need.
  8. The only person I'm rooting for right now is Gracie. She can join Judith and be a dynamic duo. I wonder if Aaron is going to raise her? I still think she's Negan's kid. Maybe that'll really bring the hammer down.
  9. I would really like to see Rick walk out there with baby Gracie and have it be like that one scene from "Children of Men". Doubt it would happen, though. I'm guessing her mother has died - If my baby was there, I'd be in the room with her, especially since I guess Dad was the one Rick killed. I wonder if the Saviors would retaliate heavily for the taking of Gracie, though it would be a tough spot to be in because you can't exactly leave a baby alone in a building full of possibly reanimated dead guys. I really, really need to know what happened to that baby and I am 98% sure that we won't find out. I didn't think of this, but you may be right! Plus, Negan has shown a semi-soft spot for the kiddos, IMO, so if she was his baby, he'd definitely want her nearby. Might be why he was enthralled with Judith as well during the spaghetti scenes. And furthermore, he has all of those wives. We saw Sherry take a pregnancy test. There's definitely a possibility he has at least one baby. As far as I saw, though, she was the only one around.
  10. Coming at you several months late, but it was in Downton Abbey. I really liked this episode! I love Shelagh and Gloria chatting as they sat there all day. It must be terribly boring to be on bed rest, especially pre-internet. Gloria's dream of meeting Shelagh on the street with both of them pushing prams had me crying buckets myself. I love this show. As for Marnie and Dot, I thought both were very sympathetic. I couldn't help but wonder, though, if Dot and her husband took back money after Marnie took back the baby. What a terrible position to be in. I agree that keeping her baby made her situation worse, but I can't possibly imagine what it must feel like to be in such a position. I'm sure she found some way to keep her three children safe and well-fed. Women have had to make do like that for millenia and she was lucky enough to have to do it in a giving, understanding community that seemed to have many more resources than others. If nothing else, she could have Tom and the church's help.
  11. I'm getting serious vibes from "The Strangers" or whatever that home invasion movie was called. Every time the clowns show up, I get that feeling. The scariest thing to me is having someone in my house and I don't know about it. Seriously creeped out by that. I also think the Not-Changs remind me of Count Olaf's troupe in "A Series of Unfortunate Events". They have kooky personalities and have this weird way they speak where it's like each of them is half of one brain (not intelligence-wise, more like finishing each others' sentences and whatnot). I had to laugh when the Ozy asked if he was asleep or awake and the clown turned and said, "you're asleep", then carried on doing murderous clown stuff. Someone on another forum said it sounded like Kai but I thought it sounded like the psychiatrist? Any thoughts on that?
  12. My baby niece has eczema on her scalp and we put lotion on it. I don't remember the clip, but maybe Josie has sensitive skin there? I have eczema on my scalp as well and I put lotion in it from time to time, but only when it's really bad. I was somehow blessed with dry but oily skin. Makes no sense. That picture made me realize Josie is really growing up. She has always looked like an eternal baby to me, but she looks like she's actually a kid now, if that makes sense.
  13. I've had a brief couple of months where I forgot the Duggars existed but now I'm all out of things to talk about in "The Handmaid's Tale" forums and so I ventured here. This family is so boring. Poor Joy and her boring husband-to-be. This is your life now. Hopefully talking to people as they file in the family camp will bring some spice to your life. Otherwise, we all know your future. Just look at your sisters. Poor girl. She has no idea there's another world waiting for her.
  14. I thought it was an impulse thing, but once she was in the car, she realized there was really nowhere to go. At that point, maybe she was trying to drive home the point to June to join Mayday or even inspire the other handmaids. Emily realized there was really nothing left for her to give for the cause, so she did something radical that would make the handmaids stop and remember that they could drive and do what they pleased a few short years ago. I think it would've been effective on me and I think it was on June as well. Did anyone else see the little girls in red during the restaurant scene with June and Luke? They looked like they had two matronly childminders with them, maybe the precursors to handmaids and the aunts?
  15. Holy smokes, I need to pay more attention. Good catch!
  16. I think they must do some sort of fertility testing. They must be doing everything possible to find the fertile women and weed out the others, so this was just my logical conclusion and nothing from the book or show. That's how I supposed Moira was a handmaid. I guess she could've been a surrogate and we hadn't known about it, but in my opinion, she doesn't seem "the type" to be a surrogate.
  17. I guess it's true from a belief standpoint but not a really good idea from a sustainability point of view.
  18. I was thinking a lot of the men must've been in some sort of church hierarchy resembling the Duggar family's Gothardism, but in the show's case, it would be an oligarchy instead (Gothard is the head of Gothardism, I think the show would have a group instead of one individual). At the very least, they had to have some higher ups in the government. Maybe congressmen? Plant some fellas in the secret service? I'm really interested in how exactly they were able to topple the government of the US. I know some characters talked about blaming terrorism and using the fertility crisis, but then what did they do? How exactly did they use those to their advantage? I also want to know how the Commander is so high up when he is relatively young. He must be very good at business in order to be working on the trades with Mexico.
  19. I was thinking about that myself, especially since we know that women would be the one's declared infertile and it couldn't possibly be a man's fault. How many studs such as "Donny" are there? We know they do genetic testing - would they also do testing to find out which babies are related? What is the Gilead plan for when the handmaids' babies are grown and go get married? How are they going to prevent genetic incest (I specify genetic because the kids aren't raised together and probably wouldn't have a reference for their half-biological siblings)? So many questions.
  20. I don't want to start an argument so I won't get too political, but in the current mess of politics, this whole show is a parallel to the present-day global climate. Nationalism seems to be rivaling 1848 levels and some people seem to be clutching to the us versus them model in order for "safety" and to protect the future. Better to be with the in crowd than the out, I guess. The fear of losing reproductive rights is also a real one for many. And unfortunately the concentration camps for homosexuals and other supposedly deviant people. This show breaks my heart. All of it can be compared to something happening now somewhere in the world.
  21. At first, I thought casting a younger man as Fred was a bad decision, but it's growing on me. I think it's even a little creepier coming from Fred just because he is younger. I'm in my mid-twenties and I think many of my male peers would be more progressive and wouldn't stand for a Gilead-type thing, but then again many would. As June said, he tries to make a connection, maybe so he can "get-it-up", maybe for other reasons. I thought him nonchalantly asking her to get the dictionary was a good moment. For him, it was nothing, but for her, it was a big deal. For someone who most likely loved books (having been in publishing, I believe?) and was clearly intelligent, and someone who was denied even the right to read and write, I loved to see her run her hands over the books, as if she were remembering the "before". I enjoyed this episode because it showed a lot of characters' motivations. Every decision the handmaids get to make is a huge decision when they have so little choice. As others have said, I especially enjoyed the handmaids giving June the food, which I think served as both a thanks and a big ol' f-you to the aunts. There can still be solidarity, even in the loneliest and most desperate of times. As for the attempted escape, I think it helped June to think of her friend as having escape. I think that may have been why she was so jarred in Ep 1 when Janine said Moira was probably dead - not only was she thinking about her friend dead, but probably a lot of her hope as well. I think I might've gone crazy and killed myself after two weeks in isolation. maybe she had the martha to bring her food, but I imagine Serena Joy would've punished her for any more conversation than what needed to be said. Maybe the isolation is what caused previously Offred to hang herself.
  22. The barista man sure was quick to jump in with the name calling. I can't imagine being in the situation where all of my money and my job was gone in the same day. It was bad enough for June, but I imagine Moira was even more upset. She obviously didn't have a husband, so I wonder where her money went to? They said male next of kin, but who knows if it was her father, brother, cousin, whatever and she may not have contact info. At any rate, I appreciated June and Moira sticking up for women's rights even against Luke, who is one of the good guys. I felt so incredibly bad for the women in June's workplace as well. The confusion, sadness, and fear shown on their faces said everything. I was glad it seemed some of the male coworkers tried to help them, but they couldn't do much in the situation. I always have difficulty with violent protest scenes. I still cry over the ones in The Hunger Games and it's been years. But showing the Gilead army shoot down citizens and march down the street was awful. The sense of hopelessness when things like that happen, where you're in a desperate situation and there's literally no way out. I just can't handle it. But I think it needs to be seen. People live like that every day right now and I'm sure many of them didn't anticipate it happening. I know a lot of people who have read the book and said this kind of situation can't happen, not "here". But then you see a show like this where it's too real and you can imagine exactly how you would feel, what it would be like. And that's why the story-telling makes this show.
  23. One of the reasons I love this show is that it's so emotional and doesn't pull any punches. I loved the tangible fear and relief June had in her flashback when she found out she was pregnant, delivered a healthy baby, saw the empty hospital nursery, discovered her baby was missing, and found the other woman trying to kidnap the baby. I really love the additions of the flashbacks. My favorite parts of dystopians are finding out about the progression of the collapse and this does it splendidly. I also liked the subtlety of the transition to Gilead. As others have said, Hannah was born years before Gilead was in complete power, yet the signs of a mass following were there. The Gilead government was already gaining power over the populace then. I guess fear over the declining birth rate and viability of neonates helped a lot of that along the way. I can't imagine the pressure these women (the handmaids) are under. And if you know anything about fertility, you would know that stress certainly doesn't help things.
  24. This was absolutely amazing. I settled in playing a game on my phone while I watched it (thinking that I could follow and play at the same time) but I was completely engrossed. I have recommended everyone I know to watch it. I love the music in the background - I think the songs fit perfectly. Elizabeth Moss nails Offred. It's uncanny how connected I felt while reading a decades-old book 10 years ago and those feelings would still be (scarily) relevant today.
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