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  1. Way to take one for the team, @Brattinella! 💜
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    They may have dropped it because of the nickname "Oil of Old Lady" Haa! And I guess it's true because I use Olay products, they're good at a reasonable price.
  3. I believe we did see a newly promoted Black Commander in S2 and Fred congratulated him because his wife was pregnant. I think this was during the Eden episodes, maybe the wedding ceremony one in which she was married to... who was that guy? The one who was June's babydaddy and secretly a huge bigwig and then disappeared without a trace? Big bushy eyebrows... Nick! That's it! Nick.
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    S03.E09: Heroic

    My impression is that Janine doesn't believe in Gilead's religion or rules, but has accepted her fate. She definitely has full on Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to Aunt Lydia. I'm hoping we see more of her - I'd like to see her home life as a Handmaid. In fact, I think THT should do an episode that focuses on Janine in her Commander's house, same with Alma, let's give Rita an episode. Let's get back to the Martha network. Hell, I miss Serena and Fred. I'm not gonna lie, I don't really give a shit about Canada and the expatriots there, because they have been given so little to other than look glum. I guess this was an Emmy reel episode for Moss. I found the first third, or half? Boring. Maybe I'm too literal, but they made it look like June was kneeling in prayer 24/7. Even with being allowed to go to bed at night, and presumably being fed, June was tortured. They could have shown the whole routine from the beginning. I liked the scene with the doctor a lot. I can see why Commander Lawrence didn't swoop in to rescue her. Aunt Lydia still called her "Ofjoseph," but it had seemed that June was going to be pulled from that posting. Even if she's going to stay, Lawrence doesn't have patience for stupidity like taking his wife to the girls' school and the bridge attack and bullying that could focus unwanted attention on his household and put everyone in it in danger.
  5. Ashforth

    S03.E09: Heroic

    This is the second doctor we've seen that's been subversive, the first being the gynecologist in S1 who offered (in a creepy/rapey way) to help June out by impregnating her. It was gross, but he did make the point that Handmaids were being punished for failing to conceive when the Commanders are the ones who are sterile. Of course, the monthly medical evaluation aspect of Handmaid-ism (with its apparent opportunity to communicate with a sympathizer while no one else is present - and I'm not even going to go into why that was in and of itself unrealistic in Gilead) has fallen by the wayside. The consistent problem with THT is its inconsistency. In the days before Ofmatthew was shot at Loaves and Fishes, another Handmaid was in labor that stopped and re-started and then gave birth to a stillborn baby with the umbilical cord around its neck. The birthing ceremonies were like cultist Little House on the Prairie scenarios (Ma: Boil some water, Laura!), with nary a medical professional in sight and zero indication that the Handmaid and her baby received any prenatal care or a doctor's attention during a labor obviously fraught with danger. Yet in this episode, modern or mostly modern medical technology is brought to full bore to save the baby of a brain-dead Handmaid and the doctor says his job is saving the babies. Which is it? In other news, I wondered about the suitcase issue before. It is ridiculous. All about the visuals. Where would Gilead even get a supply of 1950's red Samsonite luggage?
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    S03.E09: Heroic

    You took the words right out of my mouth!
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    The Eyes: News and Media

    I'm not gonna lie, as I read the list of nominations I had a moment of schadenfreude, and then I started wondering whether Season 3 was eligible. Thanks to those who posted the rules. I see that Bradley Whitford and Cherry Jones are nominated as guest actors, not supporting (as pointed out above, they wouldn't have been eligible as supporting, even though I think it's arguable that Whitford was more than a guest in Season 2. But maybe not). I love me some Bradley Whitford and would be happy to see him win. I hate what they've done with his character in S3.
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    On a lighter note, when they showed Ofmatthew holding the can of tomatoes by her face, I flashed on this for a second: https://www.ispot.tv/ad/o1RY/aldi-tricks-fresh-produce
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    Given that Ofmatthew was shot and her apparently lifeless body dragged unceremoniously out of the store with no attempt to revive her or save her baby (really, show?), I wouldn't say that she got away with anything.
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    That was another missed opportunity. Since the timeline was fuzzy, we don't know whether the enslavement of fertile women was happening at that time, but wouldn't it have been interesting to see Lydia's reaction to not only the child being taken, but Noelle being cuffed and gagged, wrapped in a red cloak and stuffed into a van? We'll never see Noelle or the principal again, they were one of what are becoming signature one-offs on this show. The writers' vocabulary seems to be quite limited. As Noelle's son is taken, she screams "you bitch" at Lydia multiple times. June screamed "you bitch" at Ofmatthew last week. Is that what this sorry mutation of an iconic feminist novel has come to? Instead of meaningful dialogue, women call each other bitches? Shame. I paused during the recap of the last episode's hanging scene. Two Handmaids were executed along with the McKenzie's Martha. Would that not make the Handmaids cautious about what they do in front of Aunt Lydia? The idea that they are rallying around June because she got Holly/Nicole out of Gilead is nonsense. June had nothing to do with that, it was handed to her on a silver platter - with no knowledge of or participation on her part to set it up - by the Martha underground (and maybe Commander Lawrence, he was obviously aware of it because he took Emily to the drop site). Speaking of Lawrence, wow, there is another character that has been violently jerked back and forth with no sense of rhyme or reason. Is he part of the Resistance? Does he support the Martha network? If so, what happened to his longtime Martha who disappeared? Does he think the Handmaid system is an abomination? Is he a sneering, dismissive woman-hater? Is he super-powerful or does Aunt Lydia order him around? No wonder he always has a giant scarf around his neck, he must be trying to treat his whiplash.
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    So well put! It's so disappointing that instead of going deep, the writers chose to splash in a shallow puddle.
  12. Ashforth

    The Music of The Handmaid's Tale

    Ah, More Than Words, such a beautiful melody and exquisite harmonies in the original... but the lyrics are a guy telling a girl "you have to have sex with me to prove you love me" ☹️
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    S03.E08: Unfit

    What a wasted opportunity to tell Lydia's story. And they had it, they HAD IT, but they fucked it up. Lydia was an attorney practicing family law. I can tell you from my experience working in that field that you see parents at their worst. It would be easy to get into the mindset that their kids would be better off with someone else. So Gilead happens and family law is “privatized.” In other words, courts are abolished and the Sons of Jacob are in charge. There is something of a precedent for this - our government already does it with prisons. Did you know that many prisons and immigrant “detention centers” in our country have been turned over to and are run by private, for-profit corporations? Lydia is hired to administer family “justice” to people who have children (like Noelle), i.e. to evaluate their fitness and find justification to take away their children and give them to Gilead's Commanders. At first it's just a job and she may not be completely comfortable with it, but as she's indoctrinated, she comes to believe that she is doing the Lord's work. Over time, the Gilead government begins to conscript the unfit, sinful mothers to be Handmaids. Lydia decides that her ultimate calling is to help these bad girls to be productive (ha! See what I did there?) citizens. I haven't worked out the evolution of her comfort with sadistic treatment of her “girls.” Maybe it was there all along, maybe not. But in my script, it didn't happen because she couldn't get laid.
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    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    I guess I really am that old 😳. Prince was all that occurred to me. Topic? The dance in the episode was just odd.
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    S03.E07: Under His Eye

    Prince. From his iconic song 1999.
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