The Handmaid's Tale - Ep. 1 - "Offred"

  • Apr. 29th, 2017 at 9:51 PM
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Anyone feel like an old fashioned "let's talk about a tv show" post?

Man, I sure do! Share it around, people!




The first scene. Trying to run into Canada, hefting her daughter while knowing her husband has sacrificed himself to the racist, fascists to give her the extra time... the whole scene.

The tight focus the camera keeps on actors' faces during visual horror: the rape scene of Offred that focuses on each face of the Commander, then Serena, then Offred. The Savaging that switches between each Handmaids' face, Aunt Lydia's face, our flash of the victim's face before his death. We're shown their humanity and their interaction with this real horror they are creating and interacting with in the world.

The side view of the Handmaids in their wings where we only see their light skinned noses. That's a thing I really appreciate about this going into visual medium: making the comment about the whiteness of Gilead. How, even the people of color that do manage to survive in the underclasses, they are very light skinned. The few African-american women we have seen as handmaids and marthas (like Rita) that have survived for several years, as implied by Offred's comment of how old her daughter would be now, they are much lighter skinned. Even the children we see, again, are lighter skinned children. They keep the mixed race and nonwhite children, because they don't have numbers NOT to so. But they are raising them pure now among the righteous. But you know that has to piss off so many of the fucking racists that built the damn country, and how the fuck do they think that will effect their next generation ideology? (how the fuck do they think they will have a next generation?)

I know the show says that made it about gender & they took out race because you can't cast an all white show in 2017. And god damn, do I appreciate they made Luke not white and Moira black and a lesbian has so many other levels to her character. But at the same time, Gilead is about whiteness and control. It is still there, under everything. Even if casting meant to be diverse? It was still too light skinned. And that itself was a comment.

Book spoiler: I think it is super interesting that they made Serena Joy much younger, closer to an age to actually have children of her own. I am super curious how this is going to play out over the series.

I hate the Commander. Every little attempt to be "polite" and "humanize". I ...god, I hate him.

The Red Center, our introduction to it and Aunt Lydia, and our brief glimpse of Atwood when she smacks us all to PAY ATTENTION, is horrifying. I think because I can see so many women I've known in my life that would embrace the type of power role Lydia plays (not the specific role, tho I know a few that might even the specific). Some of the things she says as well. I'm related to some of them.

Ofglen, when she and Offred finally get to speak as person to person, that is the part of the episode that really breaks me a bit. Not the rape or the violence. When they say it is nice to finally meet you. To have a real conversation between two women as people as almost friends again, that is hard to watch. I want them to be able to be friends so very badly.

Really, why I can love this episode and then go on to the next and trick myself into loving a series that is full of horror: Offred: June. Her internal monologue of sarcasm. She hasn't been broken yet. She will survive yet. She is still there, determined to fight this and find her daughter. And the show gave her a name, something we never got to have in the book. I loved that so much. Atwood never gave her name, very much on purpose, but there was one name mentioned that you could never find match up to anyone else mentioned in the Red Center. And Atwood shrugged and said well, must have been it then. Must have been fate.

You just want to yell resist.


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