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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Should We Have Enjoyed It, If So Why?

The Handmaid’s Tale aired its season finale and while there are many questions being asked about what lies in store for the future I want to look back on what we have recently just watched.

We first got a glimpse of the Hulu production when it launched its first official trailer during the 2017 Super Bowl. Since then The Handmaid’s Tale has been thrust to the forefront of our minds and has undoubtedly been a TV hit since it aired its first episode.

Momentum for the show certainly didn’t slow down either. In fact I am pretty sure it gained more followers as the season went on and word of the show started to spread. It has even gone international with the UK midway through the season.

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However, My Question To You Is, Should We Have Enjoyed It?

Now, before you quickly scroll to the bottom and leave an angry comment saying that I am talking rubbish, here me out.

If you really didn’t enjoy this show then you would have either:

  1. a) Never have watched it in the first place,

OR

  1. b) Stopped watching it after a while,

I realise that saying we ‘enjoyed’ the show is odd to say considering what the story was all about but you and many others did enjoy this show.

Despite the darkness, despite the cruelty, despite all the god awful things that happened (which I hope will never come to pass) we did watch the show and therefore, technically, enjoyed it.

So Let’s Take A Quick Look At That. Why Did We Watch This And In A Strange Way Enjoy It?

In a nutshell, The Handmaid’s Tale was a dark, scary, unforgiving world. It was filled with unthinkable moments that just got worse as the season went on.

From the very first episode, we got a glimpse of how awful this world was and to then have an episode with FGM included in it gave me shivers.

 

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My husband who watched with me felt just as uncomfortable if not worse, as it wasn’t exactly painting the male species in a great light. In fact, he was continually telling me that if this ever happened we would get out of there as fast as possible.

Yet every week we both sat down to watch it. In fact, we both would talk about it earlier in the day about what may happen in the episode.

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So What Was It Then That Had Us So Invested In The Show?

Well, I think it was a number of things.

First of all the show was just compelling. Let’s be honest; there is nothing out there quite like this. I am unable to think of a show that even comes close to a story line like this.

It grabbed our attention from the start, and it held it throughout the season by giving us both answers and questions as the season went on.

 

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Second of all the show was filmed perfectly. There are very few shows or even movies that I would call perfect. Generally, there is at least one small detail which causes a flaw, but this was an exception.

It was put together beautifully. How it was filmed and edited to tell the story was just perfect.

Lastly the acting was amazing. Hats off to everyone involved from the main cast to the extras. The acting was just superb.

My most notable moment for me at how good the acting was in Episode 3, ‘Late’. Alexis Bledel’s, who played Ofglen, performance was outstanding. It was not until the very end of that episode that I realised that she had not said a single word. Yet I felt every emotion she had. I was able to experience it all by nothing more than the look in her eyes.

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a dark and twisted world that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemies, yet I must give praise where praise is due.

To everyone who was involved in the creation of this from the actors, to the behind the scenes crew, to the original creator Margaret Atwood.

You managed to bring a story to life on our screens that were both twisted and surreal yet had us coming back for more. You had us hooked with how compelling the story was, you had us intrigued by how you created this world and you had us awed by mere wordless performances.

It is odd to say that we enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale considering what it involved, but I suppose the definition of enjoyment or the reason for enjoyment is not as simple as one would think.

I enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale. I look forward to another season and where the story will go from here.

What did you think of the show? Did you ‘enjoy’ it? Leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts.

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAXy_NyUN6k

Author: Alexandria Gunn

Introducing the chief blogger of FanNews, Alexandria is an Ontario freelance writer, blogger and journalist who does all that while being a wife and mother of two girls.

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