I remember hearing about Handmaid’s Tale ages ago and I mentally added it to my watch list and then forgot about it – this is a decision I now regret because honestly it’s a wild ride and so far I’m loving it.
For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, don’t worry this post won’t involve any spoilers!
So the main premise of this show is that it’s set in a futuristic dystopian world where infertility is a national crisis. It’s set in America and an extremist religous group has taken over and imprisoned the fertile women. The world looks completely different to what we experience today as the fertile women, known as handmaid’s are dressed in an elaborate red gown and are essentially treated as baby makers.
We’re following the story through June’s eyes, before the fall of society she had a husband and a child, and in this new world she experiences a monthly ritual rape in order to bring a child into the world.
It’s also a world where women are forced to live by their ‘biological destiny’, they live as housewives, handmaids, Martha’s (who are essentially the cooks) and Aunts (who torture the handmaids into submission). Women exist to serve the men, they can’t take up any important role, and aren’t even allowed to read as the punishment for that is losing a limb.
This show is dark, it’s not an easy watch and to be perfectly honest there will be times you’ll need to take an emotional break. I think that’s why I enjoy it so much, because no matter how twisted it is, it keeps you on your toes and is honestly one of the best shows created.
One thing I really appreciated about the way the tale is told is that they flashback to how things were before, and it’s a lot like todays society. They take the time to show how society went crazy and how the religous group took over. Most dystopian tales glance over it and expect our imagination to fill in the gaps. Whereas Handmaid’s Tale takes the extra time to show us how it happens, and in some ways it shows that any society can follow this route. Which is scary.
Honestly so far it’s been well worth the watch, I’d highly recommend it.