The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 3 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
It’s no secret that I’ve been deeply impressed by what The Handmaid’s Tale has offered us so far. Although the last season wasn’t flawless, I was excited when #3 was finally released. Let’s see what’s going down in Gilead!

The Plot:

In this season June stops giving a shit is fighting Gilead from the inside trying to take this shithole down.

The Rating:

I can’t seem to make my mind up for this season. There were some super-intriguing moments but the season is far too long.
We get 13 episodes but half would have been enough to encompass everything that’s going on. The first episodes are really strong as are the final ones but somewhere around the middle, it’s dragging on a bit.

Anyways, there are many great things about this season! First of all: Elisabeth Moss is beyond intense. Honestly, I could watch an hour of her staring angrily at the camera.
I beginning to like Yvonne Strahovski as well. I’m not sure if her acting is getting better or if I just got used to her but hey, who cares?

The overall story takes on a very different vibe than in the first two seasons. While, so far, it had been about being trapped in this nightmare of a state it turned into a revenge fantasy. June is – understandably – angry at everybody and this season is about her wanting to take every last one of those fuckers down. It’s like she lost her entire personality to vengeance. Despite Moss’ brilliant performance June often seems to be more of a means that drives the plot that a character with depth.

On results of this is that several episodes are way over the top. I wish they would tone it down a notch. The past season didn’t lack in shock or intensity but did so in different ways. Actually, those seasons were extremely haunting, this one is not.

However, there are episodes that grip and shake you! Especially the finale (although it was a little over the top) was touching!
In this season many issues are raised that will again provide you with food for thought. I guess you can see now why I am so torn with season #3!
I can still appreciate the underlying ideas but the execution is a bit funky and off at times.

Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale has outstanding moments. Some of those are outstandingly good, others are outstandingly over the top and boring. Although the season was too long, it was also gripping and left me curious about what we will get in #4!

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

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3 thoughts on “The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 3 – A Review

  1. I think they’ve overused June staring into the camera so much lol. I’m glad I binged this season and didn’t watch it week by week. I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it as much if I did because not a lot happened at times. I ended up disliking June, which I never felt before. She wasn’t using her head and she was being so obvious in her may day stuff that her plot armor is beyond unbelievable at this point. I am really looking forward to S4 though.

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