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  1. True. He was protesting that he was a man and he had rights, so , knowing Fred, it was probably a mix of him thinking "rights for me and not for thee", and of holding Canada and the United States to higher standards than his precious Gilead. It wouldn't surprise me if Fred was convinced that it was totally different for 'godless'/'sinful' parents to have their children taken from them than it was for a godly man like him to lose his son.
  2. I took it that the narrator's name was June when I read the book.
  3. It could be argued that June is named in the book, albeit indirectly. On the first page, the Handmaids at the Red Center, including the narrator, whisper their names to one another at night. Of the list of names given, June is the only one not to subsequently be confirmed to be the name of another Handmaid.
  4. Watching Fred’s death scene again, and his stupidity is staggering. Of all the appeals he could have made for mercy, he thought that “I have a son” had a snowball’s chance in Hell of working? That women whose children were snatched from their arms by the regime that he helped build were going to spare him so he could be a father to his son?
  5. The first thing I ever saw her in was Gypsy, as Baby Louise. She would have been about 11 when it was made.
  6. Do you think that there could be an element of PR at play for June? Right now, she's a celebrity of sorts, and could have a voice. Could wearing red be partly about reminding those around her that she is that June Osborne? I thought that the Red Centre scenes were intriguing. Aunt Lydia has had a soft spot (of sorts) for Janine from early on, and I could buy it that she is reluctant to send her to a breeding colony*. That reluctance would probably not have lasted, except that now she has found a use for Janine, and an excuse to keep her close at hand. Could we see Aunt Janine in the futur
  7. In the epilogue of the book, it's suggested that Particicution was intended as a release for the Handmaids, to give them the satisfaction of tearing a man apart with their bare hands. The show handles the Handmaids' role in executions differently. With hangings, for example, in the book, the Handmaids touch a length of rope as a symbolic participation in the hanging. On the show, they are doing the work when the Marthas are executed, physically pulling the ropes to open the trapdoors. I would say that, in the show, having the Handmaids participate in executions is a combination of framing
  8. Four seasons of waiting to see Fred die, and I was not disappointed with how he went out. Much more fitting than a hanging. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of common sense shown over the disposal of the carcass. I hoped that the women who banded together to reduce the world rapist population by one would bury it in a shallow grave or roll it into a pond or something, clean up and go back to their lives because Fred wasn't worth wasting another thought on. Canada and Serena assume that Fred was executed by Gilead for sharing information, Gilead assumes that Fred sang like a canary
  9. The Canadian government housed June in a nice hotel suite when she arrived. Maybe Nick and Moira got help with the house because they were the guardians of the famous Baby Nichole. It's also possible, given the extremely low birthrate, that suburban family homes are less in demand.
  10. I suspected it as soon as Serena's pregnancy was revealed. Nichole takes after June in terms of looks, so no clue there about paternity. If anything, Fred may arguably be the more likely candidate. Serena's pregnancy proves that he can father a child. There is no such proof where Nick is concerned.
  11. I wonder if the scene of the Handmaids and Aunts is a flashback. It looks like the other Aunt (Ruth?) is interceding when Aunt Lydia tasers one of the Handmaids, which doesn't fit with Aunt Lydia presenting herself as the benign protector of the new Handmaids.
  12. What horrifies me about the train's design and set-up is that they don't have any kind of back-up for the animals onboard. There were 1,001 cars. Why not have the cattle spaced out, so that if there is a breach in one car, there are still enough cattle left to maintain the species? They couldn't squeeze in a second aquarium car? In The 100, even though it was expected to be at least several generations before Earth was survivable again, the kids on the Ark took Earth Skills as a class. Even if it was expected that the children on Snowpiercer would not live to see the Earth become war
  13. What was the deal with Fred telling Serena that the pregnancy belonged to him as much as June's did to Serena? That was weird. The baby's paternity isn't in question, whereas there is no question of Nichole having any biological tie to Serena. Maybe I'll be proven wrong, but I can't buy that Fred is sincere about wanting to help Serena. If their strategy ends with her going free or getting a lenient sentence, it will be a side effect. His ultimate goal is going to be to keep himself out of prison. Realistically, Fred has more information about the inner workings of Gilead that he can use
  14. Has Serena even mentioned Nichole since she learned that she was pregnant? Gilead seems to be getting credit for the pregnancy - the clean water, etc. Perhaps, if the pregnancy is successful, Serena will want to somehow get the word back to Gilead that maybe some of the Wives are no longer "barren". It seems that, if a Handmaid is assigned to a household, the Commander and Wife don't have sex so Serena could reason that, for all anybody knows, some Wives are unknowingly missing out on an opportunity to conceive. I would say that, while Handmaids are viewed as a necessity and some fam
  15. I was thinking more in terms of easing the burden on Canada, given that there would be a limited number of refugees that they would have the capacity to host. If some of those who make it from Gilead to Canada have the option of going elsewhere, and avail of it, Canada is less likely to be in a position where they turn away refugees at the border because they can't cope with the numbers.
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