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Postby Blue Jackets » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:35 am

The first three episodes of the series premiered April 26, 2017, with subsequent episodes added on a weekly basis.[2] In Canada, the series will be broadcast by Bravo, beginning with the first two episodes premiering on April 30.[3]
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In a dystopian near-future, the totalitarian and Christian fundamentalist government of Gilead rules the former United States amidst an ongoing civil war and subjugates women, who are not allowed to work, control money, or even read. Widespread infertility due to environmental contamination has resulted in the conscription of young fertile women—called Handmaids, according to biblical precedent—who are assigned to the homes of the elite, where they must have ritualized sex with the men in order to become pregnant and bear children for those men and their wives.

The main character, Offred, is the Handmaid assigned to an elite Commander and his wife, and as such is subject to the strictest rules and constant scrutiny; an improper word or deed on her part can lead to her execution. Offred, so named because her master is named Fred, can remember the "time before", when she was married with a daughter and had her own name, but all she can safely do now is follow the rules of Gilead in hope that she can someday live free.

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Postby Tyler » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:10 am

I had no idea that was the plot of the show. I'm seeing some reviews call it scary even. Someone watch and report back.
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Postby cwilkins88 » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:35 pm

Once I get caught up maybe

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Postby cwilkins88 » Tue May 02, 2017 9:29 am

Well, i didnt read the synopsis or watch any trailers. Did not expect this.

I watched two episodes. I like how the distrust is ingrained into all the handmaidens. The narration from Offred is also really cool.

What do like...the rest of the people do. They round up all the women who can have babies, but the rest of the population is just like "Oh okay, lets only let rich people have kids, thats fine."?
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Postby Tyler » Tue May 02, 2017 9:43 am

cwilkins88 wrote:Source of the post Once I get caught up maybe

5 days later...
cwilkins88 wrote:Source of the post I watched two episodes


Is it worth watching? Your post doesn't exactly say if you like it or not.
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Postby blake » Tue May 02, 2017 10:42 am

want to know as well. It's on my next show to watch after I see one more episode of Fargo and finish The Path
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Postby cwilkins88 » Tue May 02, 2017 3:58 pm

Tyler wrote:
cwilkins88 wrote:Source of the post Once I get caught up maybe

5 days later...
cwilkins88 wrote:Source of the post I watched two episodes


Is it worth watching? Your post doesn't exactly say if you like it or not.

It's very well done. It's worth a watch. The contrast between how people act and the narration of how they think is interesting enough to watch.

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Postby cwilkins88 » Tue May 02, 2017 9:14 pm

Man, this show is messed up

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Postby blake » Wed May 03, 2017 9:01 am

in a good way?
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Postby cwilkins88 » Wed May 03, 2017 9:07 am

blake wrote:Source of the post in a good way?


The show is incredibly well done, and the dialogue is well written. The rise to power of the dictator who put this society into effect is kind of scary, as a lot of that is definitely meant to parallel our current government.

1) Incite fear in your citizens
2) Convince them you need temporary additional powers
3) Once you have the powers, shut down dissenting opinions, and those of the first amendment
4) incite more fear, and declare Martial law
5) Take away individual rights.

Also, the nonchalant way that both the men and the women react to rape in this show is insane. The handmaidens are literally raped on top of the husband's wives so they can get pregnant. Everybody involved knows its messed up, and it makes everyone sick, but nobody says anything about it.
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Postby Tyler » Wed May 03, 2017 9:50 am

Dang. Sounds totally messed up. I'll try to make Jocelyn watch the pilot with me if we can find time.

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Postby blake » Wed May 10, 2017 8:08 am

watched first episode. Lol at Gilmore Girl in it

Otherwise gave me the creeps watching. Very good and some crazy scenes
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Postby cwilkins88 » Wed May 10, 2017 9:26 am

I look forward to watching this show every week. I think the next episode is tonight
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Postby blake » Wed May 10, 2017 10:37 am

started late last night so only watched the 1. I'll knock out the rest tonight
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Postby megatron » Sun May 14, 2017 10:24 pm

Curious if any women on here have watched this and what their thoughts are. My co-worker was telling me about the first episode to me and it sounds infuriating....

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Postby Tyler » Mon May 15, 2017 7:05 am

megatron wrote:Source of the post Curious if any women on here have watched this and what their thoughts are.

If only wilkin's baby mama would post....
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Postby cwilkins88 » Mon May 15, 2017 8:30 pm

Tyler wrote:Source of the post
megatron wrote:Source of the post Curious if any women on here have watched this and what their thoughts are.

If only wilkin's baby mama would post....


She finds it very frustrating, but she likes the lead.
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Postby Tyler » Wed Jul 05, 2017 10:43 am

My mother-in-law watched all of these. She said it was very disturbing, but she liked watching it the same way a True Crime story is interesting.
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Postby Kath525 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:29 am

So good! Just binged this over two days. I can't even process it all! The whole thing is insane and disturbing. Lots of emotions-both in the story and also in me.
Tims mom tried to argue that this could happen. I thought about it a lot, and I think it's possible. Not exactly the way it is in the show but a power move like this leading to removal of rights etc.
(Side note Tim wouldn't watch pass the first episode because he "doesn't like dystopian stories" and found it "unrealistic that a whole government and society could change like that in like 5 years" so he didn't even get most of the back story)

After a little more thought the thing I find the most disturbing is that people seem to agree across the board that things going on in the show are disturbing - namely the raping of women. The thing is some of the most disturbing things in the show are things that women in particular already experience constantly-the only difference is the acts aren't ritualized and claim to be in gods name. I'm talking rape-specially domestic rape, belittling of rights, stereotyping and encouraging "biological destinies" etc. another hot topic in the show that are already real issues: hate for and abuse of homosexuals.
I'm surprised there wasn't a race issue in the show. All sex.


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