Spoiler alert: this recap is for individuals watching The Handmaid’s Story, collection three, on Channel four within the UK. Please don’t add spoilers for later episodes within the collection.
Season three of The Handmaid’s Story has given us many excruciating sights, however a minimum of we’ve had a little bit of a respite from rape, till the Ceremony lastly reared its ugly head once more on this episode. We and June had all the time recognized that her comparatively unmolested days as Ofjoseph couldn’t final endlessly.
This was fairly totally different from the scientific or merciless Ceremonies we’ve seen earlier than on the present, and one wherein June was removed from the one sufferer. “Bearing witness”, June tells us, was frequent within the early days of Gilead when households have been nonetheless proof against month-to-month rapes, however that resistance, it’s implied, was swiftly eradicated. And no marvel – as June tells Commander and Mrs Lawrence, the complete family, Marthas included, shall be executed if the Ceremony doesn’t go forward. June is put into the terrible place of conducting her personal rape, in a family that hasn’t received a clue in regards to the guidelines of the Ceremony, all whereas two Commanders, an Aunt, a physician, and a spouse are respiration down her neck. Nevertheless it isn’t all dangerous: “A minimum of it wasn’t you,” June tells Fred afterwards, as soon as once more shattering the lie of their forbidden love that he repeatedly tells himself.
The episode additionally supplied us the clearest view of Commander Lawrence that we’ve but had. Beforehand, his common flits between rebellious rule-breaker and architect of Gilead made no sense, however this week we discovered that it’s the Martha black market that will get Eleanor Lawrence her medicine, which has now run out. He offers within the black marketplace for his spouse, and he doesn’t merely depart Gilead as a result of he’s a warfare legal, and could be jailed or executed as quickly as he crossed the border. “And he would deserve it,” the newly-unmedicated Eleanor factors out. He needs out, and he needs to dwell, and he needs to maintain his spouse secure – however he can’t have all three, therefore his unusual way of life, making an attempt to cling on to his personal little bubble of freedom on the sting of Gilead. “You helped create this world,” June tells him as he faces the horrific penalties of his personal previous actions. “How lengthy did you suppose it might be earlier than it got here for you?”
The double-punch of the Ceremony and his spouse’s lack of medicine are sufficient to lastly push Lawrence in the direction of motion, and he agrees to June’s plan to get Eleanor, and as many youngsters as she will be able to, out of Gilead. “And be a hero,” he says, ambivalently. He’s no hero. One thing tells us there’s no probability of Lawrence getting out of this alive. Bradley Whitford was good on this episode, lastly capable of shine some mild on Lawrence and expose who he actually is beneath all that bitter snark.
The Waterfords are nonetheless in deep with Commander Winslow, and Fred is clearly having fun with his time in Winslow’s mirrored glory, strutting his manner by means of an inspection of handmaids with all the boldness of energy and mislead righteousness. He thinks himself untouchable sufficient to converse brazenly with June in entrance of dozens of handmaids, the ever-watching Aunt Lydia and his spouse. The finale introduced him again all the way down to earth with a bump, with each June and Serena placing him again in his place. Serena is so determined to get Nichole again that she is forcing Fred right into a cope with Mark Tuello, the person who has been making an attempt to bribe Serena into deflecting with guarantees of cigarettes and Honolulu. However will Fred threat his new standing, even for his personal (stolen) daughter?
The sound of music
Not one of the common pop music this week reminding us of the world Gilead left behind solely 5 years beforehand. As a substitute we have been handled to some classical music as an alternative. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor performed over the opening scene, as June hobbled with decided velocity again to the Lawrence home.
The episode then closes out with Vivaldi’s triumphant Gloria, as June offers us the primary correct smile we’ve seen on this present for a very long time: “We’re going to wish an even bigger boat.”
Below his eye
Handmaids and Marthas can agree on few issues, however youngsters appear to be one in every of them, if the kitchenful of muffin baskets is something to go by. June nonetheless refuses to depart Gilead with out Hannah, however her new focus is on saving the youngsters of her ‘buddies’, and Alma and Janine are the primary two handmaids to hitch her campaign. After their final encounter at Natalie’s bedside, it was sort of June to spare Janine additional ache by mendacity to her about her son – though the lie will, we suspect, harm Janine in the long run.
Within the inspection scene, Winslow could be overheard speaking to Aunt Lydia about rolling out the ‘veil’ slowly – it appears like, regardless of her reluctance, Lydia goes to be complicit in silencing the Boston handmaids, similar to their DC counterparts.
Winslow is a real misogynist, as seen in his look of confusion when June tells him that Lawrence treats her with respect, and within the curl of his lip every time Serena speaks of political issues. What a repulsive character.
The punishment for contraception is being torn aside by canine. After all it’s.