The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2 – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale concluded in July. However, as I was travelling throughout summer, it took me until now to catch up! So let’s see what it’s all about…

 

The Plot:
In this season a pregnant June plans her escape. We enter this season with tons of unanswered questions: will she make it to Canada? What happens to her daughter Hannah? What about all those who help her and put themselves at risk?

 

The Rating:
Wow. Season 2 is intense. As I’ve mentioned above, there are many questions to be answered and believe me, those answers hurt like hell.
As usual, Elisabeth Moss is absolutely stunning. Her performance is outstanding and deeply moving. The story gets even more uncomfortable as it was in the first season and I ended up in tears several times. The scariest part of it all is how realistic it feels, like this could easily happen here too.
Another amazing performance I’d like to mention was given by Yvonne Strahovski. So far, I hadn’t been a huge fan of her, as she never managed to get any emotion across to me. However, in this show she definitely stepped up with her acting skills. The third round of praise goes out to Alexis Bledel who also was an important factor in making this season so frightening. She gave me goosebumps all the way!
As I’ve mentioned before when writing about the first season, another thing that makes The Handmaid’s Tale so impressive is the color palette. The colors restricted to certain roles and the gloomy set in general create such an opressive air, it’s beyond perfect.
However, as the show ventures further away from Margret Atwood’s novel, lots of new ideas are explored. Some of those are fascinating and gripping, others just seem to come out of nowhere with no explanation and don’t fit in properly. I was disappointed to see some promising ideas being dropped much too soon, just to add even more stuff. This plays directly into another problem this season created. The pace is a bit weird. Sometimes one episodes covers events that could fill half a season, while other times there’s only one tiny thing being stretched out to fill an hour. To be honest, especially the end left me with a somewhat weird feeling of irritation. Overall, the season was still very good and I hope they’ll manage to smooth out those flaws for the next one!

After and end like this I hope they hurry up with season 3. I can’t wait to find out how the story continues!

 

Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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