Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling - And Chilling

Hulu's 'The Handmaid's Tale' Is Compelling - And Chilling

AP's commitment to independent, comprehensive journalism has deep roots. By the time that I got to the end of [editing episode] three, I was ready to take a break from the world of Gilead, because it is a hard world to exist in and it's a lot of responsibility just doing that many episodes back-to-back. In both style and tone, The Handmaid's Tale reminds me of Syfy's reboot of Battlestar Galactica, which I intend as a compliment. I'm so attracted to playing a character like this. It's those other escapes, the ones you can open in yourself, given a cutting edge or a twisted sheet and chandelier.

And in case Moss can't actually remember the script, can I please remind her The Handmaid's Tale presents the story of a near-future patriarchal dystopia, where women are forbidden from reading or using money and are categorised by their supposed virtue and utility as child-bearers. "I wanted to say ― and I'll just say it right here, right now ― OBVIOUSLY, all caps, it is a feminist work".

The first three episodes of "The Handmaid's Tale" are being released by Hulu today, with more to follow in the coming weeks. A 'pious sh*t.' But she spends the whole first episode trying to figure out if Offred is someone she can trust. The trouble is, with a show this good, we don\u0027t want to turn away. "She knocked my little cap off", Moss says with a laugh. "I think we should never underestimate the power of morons", Dowd said. (Look out for her cameo in episode one, when she slaps a sassy handmaid in the head.) When I read the book several years ago, I thought about what a bad handmaid I would make, and I reassured myself that a takeover like this couldn't happen in America.

The Handmaid's Tale is about the totalitarian society of Gilead, formed after Christian conservatives machine-gunned Congress and instituted their military-backed vision of "traditional values".

Elisabeth Moss stars in The Handmaid's Tale. And as the credits role, Lesley Gore's classic feminist anthem You Don't Own Me plays.

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If you're not familiar with the book, The Handmaid's Tale envisions an America where none but the elite have much in the way of rights, and women have exactly none.

Moss, meanwhile, immediately connected to Offred's will to survive. (Almost inevitably, they do get worse.) At least once or twice each episode, I found myself shouting at my laptop and/or covering my eyes.

"Women who had taken for granted their rights as women are now really quite anxious", says Atwood, noting the women's marches and other protests since Donald Trump became president. In one particularly haunting scene, Offred and a group of handmaids are commanded to collectively attack a convicted rapist ― a directive some of the characters nearly eagerly obey. I think in a way that's inspiring.

MARGARET ATWOOD: I could, but I would have to make it plausible, would I not? Bledel filmed one of the series' most horrifying scenes late at night in a real hospital. I think everyone's going to be able to take something away from it that is really resonate and probably a bit emotional, ' she told E!