'Handmaid's Tale' remains dark and bold 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: TV Review Here's what the critics think of 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2 The Handmaid's Tale has the most emotionally wrenching nine minutes of TV 'The Handmaid's Tale' narrowly avoids becoming a parody in season 2

'Handmaid's Tale' remains dark and bold

I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series.

The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t easing up to attract more viewers. That’s one of the points of creating a dystopia — to take our current reality and stretch it into frightening possibilities. If Bledel and Moss were last year's awards darlings, Strahovski seems poised to join them this year. We now know, of course, that her name is not Offred, but June. Handmaid's  was too capital-I important, and too intellectual, to be pulpy and cheap.

Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. However, while Moss is still very much the lead, Season 2 feels a bit more like an ensemble, with Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel at the forefront. Last seen: Stepping into a van for parts unknown, delivering one last piece of narration: "Whether this is my end or a new beginning, I have no way of knowing.

'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2: TV Review

With the great Elisabeth Moss leading the way, Hulu's Emmy-winning breakout 'The Handmaid's Tale' continues on a dark path, even without Margaret Atwood's plot to steer it.

That being said, the scene is emblematic of the series’ indelible cast. There’s still nothing redeeming or remotely serene about Gilead, the authoritarian republic formerly doing business as the United States. Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Ann Dowd, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Max Minghella, Alexis Bledel, Samira Wiley, O.T. Serena is such a complicatedly unlikable creature, an ice queen capable of both affecting softness and petty viciousness.

Aided by her lover and baby daddy Nick (Max Minghella), June attempts to escape Gilead. Aunt Lydia is here to offer them redemption. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. The Handmaid’s Tale” has always stood out for touches that make the world of the show feel truly alive and growing deeper with each episode.

Here's what the critics think of 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2

Reviews are out for the first six episodes of 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, and critics are weighing in on the dark, oppressive expansion of the series.

Oath Inc. However, the scene’s inclusion of Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” is so obvious, it’s distracting. This show is as relentless as they come. Fagbenle On: Hulu, premieres April 25 Matthew Gilbert can be reached at [email protected] . The clash of Strahovski's guarded menace and Moss' open accessibility is always a pleasure to watch. Moss’ face is, of course, one of the world’s most transfixing transmitters of emotion.

The Handmaid's Tale has the most emotionally wrenching nine minutes of TV

Last seen: "Praised be, bitch. When Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered last year, it was a revelation. In the past, the series left its musical moments for the credits sequence. I was blown away by the first hours of the new season, which are so gripping that my blood pressure rose right along with my admiration for everyone behind this series. Real journalists. Criticizing the show's men is tricky.

'The Handmaid's Tale' narrowly avoids becoming a parody in season 2

Season 2, which debuts April 25 on Hulu, returns with some of the previous season’s tone, but the show now has to avoid falling into parody itself.

What's next: Nick's final words of the season are ones that should be swimming around the collective minds of the Handmaid's Tale audience. What's next: For most of the first season, both viewers and June alike assumed Moira was dead; there were few reasons to doubt reports to the contrary. The original season contained the entire narrative of its source material, Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name.

It’s one of the most uncompromising stories I’ve ever seen on TV, with sustained scenes of terror, torture, and grief. That was inevitably greeted by a face somewhere between a wince and eager anticipation, an expression that perfectly encapsulated how many people felt about the Emmy-winning drama's first season. On one hand, it's not their story and keeping Fiennes' Commander and Max Minghella's Nick one-dimensional is a choice.

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The Emmy-winning drama returns with a roar, though meanders a bit too much.

What's next: Great question, and one that Offred herself was likely asking at the end of the first season. With his role as a spy for Gilead, Nick is as connected to the behind-the-scenes dealings as anyone. Now, Moira is not only alive, but she's free from Gilead ... at least in terms of her immediate physical safety. It took place in a dystopian, yet not entirely unfamiliar, future in which a Christian extremist elite rule over a militarized, mostly infertile society called Gilead — the new United States.

You won’t easily shake the opening sequence of the season premiere, on Wednesday, especially if you’re a Red Sox fan. Part of why The Handmaid's Tale hit as hard as it did when it premiered last spring was that it was a bracing splash of salt poured upon a collective wound felt by its target audience. They should feel grateful they have names. But nobody here gets to make the choice.

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Bad Hollywood Men who sexually harassed their employees were hiding in plain sight and “open secrets” were commonplace. While it's unclear where she'll wind up at the end of her current van ride, showrunner Miller has already revealed that June, currently pregnant, will wind up on the run in season two . If he's telling June to trust the process of what's coming next, then it's reasonable to assume she will be safe for now.

Then she’s assigned to another family. How will she use this privilege? Does this all sound like a warning? The premiere, hitting Hulu on April 25, begins with a sequence as harrowing as anything the show has done before. But even if those characters and performances are inert, those are the moments when you can just concentrate on what is probably TV's most breathtakingly shot show. Samira Wiley (Poussey from Orange Is The New Black ) returns as Moira, reunited in Canada with Offred's husband (O.T.

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THR forecasts the future for Offred (Elisabeth Moss) and Gilead's other denizens ahead of the season two premiere.

Much of the season is driven by the big reveal from the end of last season: In a nation starved for children, June is pregnant. Showrunner Bruce Miller has established the stakes for this world, and while it’d be nice if there was more focus, the series remains as unforgiving and unforgettable as ever. Exactly how that comes to pass, whether she makes it as far as Little America, and whether she's able to find her daughter Hannah while on the road?

Last seen: "They called me up. June is defiant. Perhaps the first sign of this unraveling is the premiere’s reliance on excessive violence. I suppose it is, for viewers who shy away from challenging, dark material. T. Fagbenle), safely in Canada with June's friend Moira (Samira Wiley). For all of the returning stars and writers and directors, cinematographer Colin Watkinson practically deserves equal billing at this point.

How The Handmaid's Tale season 2 will advance beyond the book

We see the college where Emily once worked and how she was advised to hide her sexuality as the regime grew in power. There are brutal moments that result not only from June’s pregnancy, but also her rebellion. Sign Up Stay on top of the latest film and TV news! Last seen: "I've had quite a day. After all, Serena not only saw Nick and June's tender moment in the kitchen following the revelation of her pregnancy; she knows full well that Nick is the unborn child's probable father.

At the end of the first season, she lead a revolt amongst the handmaids. Sophie-Marie Prime covers television. At this point, most of the story line has moved beyond the book, but you nonetheless feel a great sense of momentum as June, known in Gilead as Offred, fights to escape and to retrieve her daughter. Geographically, The Handmaid's Tale is opening up beyond the ironically counter-revolutionary prison of what used to be Boston and the freedom of Canada.

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When it debuted in April 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale was met with a chorus. In one of June’s flashbacks, a nurse at a hospital questions her about being a working mother after her child falls ill at school, a sign of the ideology to come. Gilead, we come to understand, goes well beyond physical borders. Screen Talk Episode 193: The 2018 Cannes Film Festival lineup is out, but it might change, and a public battle with Netflix has overshadowed the whole thing.

Last seen: "Watch the space between you. But what can and will Luke do to make sure that his wife is not only alive, but safely away from Gilead? The handmaids’ keeper, Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), ordered them to kill a handmaid who tried to kill herself and, apparently more importantly, her newborn child. Please keep our community civil. I can’t say enough about Moss, who delivers a seamless, beautifully modulated performance as a woman in extremis.

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In case all that didn't get the message across, the handmaids are muzzled. This isn’t fiction! We also get a glimpse of her mother (Cherry Jones), an activist who informed her feminist ideals, though the two clash over their commitment to activism. Visuals continue to impress, though the bold primary colors of the show’s aesthetic are now tempered by a new location and new look. Copyright © 2018 Penske Business Media, LLC.

What's next: Frankly, it's somewhat astonishing that Janine is still alive heading into season two. And what about their daughter, Hannah? This season opens with the handmaids suffering those consequences, being lead down a tunnel leading who-knows-where. Comments should remain on topic and be respectful. Now, we see her in weary survival mode, hiding her true feelings even from those, like Nick, whom she trusts, her cold stares a front for despair.

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Because nothing gets someone all hot and bothered quite like an “Offred” camisole.

If at the end of Season1 you expected things to turn around for the handmaids and society as a whole, you are way, way off. As they're violently herded onto a field, Offred realizes it's a famous Boston landmark: Fenway Park. It’s happening now! June’s journey to freedom allows her to more aggressively explore her past and future, as she is with child now, but also struggle with exactly what freedom entails.

All rights reserved. Additionally, shortly before Offred's departure, Waterford and Serena made a vow to focus solely on their own family following the birth of "their" child. Not only should she have died from her suicidal leap from the bridge, she only escaped death thanks to her fellow handmaids rising up against Lydia's commands. What are your predictions for Handmaid's Tale season two?

'The Handmaid's Tale' premiere sets discomforting, promising standard for season 2

The second season has no concrete source material, and it’s often challenging for series based on novels to maintain the focused narratives they began with.

The same is true of Alexis Bledel, like Moss a deserving Emmy winner last year, who gets to be the centerpiece of the scenes in the Colonies. The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 opens up the claustrophobic scope of Season 1, following the characters into new locations and through new difficulties. There are rows of nooses lined up for mass execution. It’s a documentary! Gilead might be safer than the outside world, and that is a depressing thought, but the boundary between the two is more obscured now.

Offred offers these prophetic words in "Night," the tenth and final episode of The Handmaid's Tale 's first season. Last seen: "Praise be His mercy. How will Janine survive season two? Praise be!” Lunya declares on Facebook and Instagram. “Meet our limited-edition silk set. But who would believe that the oligarchs would kill off their only means of continuing their reign? Like so many dystopian dramas, “The Handmaid’s Tale” strikes parallels to today’s news.

What comes through clearly in the opening episode of the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale is June’s silent, burning rage. The handmaids are shoved into the hanging ropes. It debuted a few months after the Women’s March, in the wake of Trump’s first few months as president, when we were looking for parallels to resistance and outrage. Still not sure what to watch on Hulu? Driven by Moss’ always-striking performance, the writers seem to have greater trust in the narrative and allow June’s darkest moments play out silently.