Even for a show as shocking as Hulu’S“The story of the maidThe fourth season of the series, based on the cautionary dystopian book by Margaret Atwoodis surprisingly bleak. Granted, a show that deals with an apocalyptic totalitarian society known as Gilead that subjects women known as “handmaids” to child slavery and bondage is no great joy. In the fourth season of the series, however, the protagonist and central maid June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss) personal demons, threaten to undermine and devour them.
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June’s problems with self-blame, remorse, and anger escalate to such devastating emotional heights that something explosive feels on the horizon. In the post-Gilead, post-Trump texture that fed the show, this season moves beyond the stagnation of previous seasons – the repetition of catching and letting go, planning an escape, failing, and then back into cruel submission To guess – but don’t beat it, the usual exploration is based on a rigid dynamic of men and women, ignoring those who exist at intersections like black women.
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Last season, Commander Fred Waterford (Joseph Fiennes), who with his wife Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski), who was molested and raped the previous June, was eventually arrested for war crimes despite Serena trying to avoid accountability by turning on her husband. June also killed a few people: Commander Winslow who tried to rape her and a soldier who shot her in the finale. So this season begins with her being bloody, injured, and on the run from Gilead, essentially free to a greater extent than ever before.
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While June saw some hopes last season and helped dozens of kids get to Canada, this season it’s slowly dissolving. June has broken down emotionally before – crippled by the loss of her daughter and the death of allies who tried to support and favor her escape, such as Season 2 Omar who was killed (his wife contributed a maid and child another family). . But now her PTSD manifests itself in uncontrollable festering anger. And when the government persecutes them, it does not have the luxury of despair or vengeance. Everywhere characters like Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) throw June’s affair with today’s husband Luke (O. T. Fagbenle) who was married to another woman at the beginning of their relationship, in June; say that she will be punished for her transgressions. Although June mocks loudly, she is often paralyzed by a fear that she might speak dark truths.
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When June sees so many Handmaids and Marthas suffer while she somehow always survives, June is both plagued with guilt and forced to take action. Even when her darkest days seem to be behind her, June struggles to feel normal due to the trauma she experienced. Deliberate or not, this fight is in line with the “return to normal” notions that many have expected in the post-Trump and post-pandemic era. “The Handmaid’s Tale” has always tried to capture the cultural zeitgeist, particularly with regard to the notions of invading authoritarianism and the misogyny inherent in this structure, and this season mainly and effectively – at least in relation to rights of woman – through characters. However, the series still mostly ignores the intersection of gender, race, transsexuality, etc., which feels like a missed opportunity. The exploration is continually monotonous feminism of white women. However, the transition from feminism in submission to feminism on the warpath is at least a refreshing change.
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Elisabeth Moss’ role as Juni is still amazing, of course, and it is her complexity and wide range of anger mixed with suffering and pain that has always heightened the show when writing has otherwise failed. Moira (Samira Wiley), June’s friend before Gilead and her husband’s sibling, is a perfect counterattack this season. Moira fled to Canada, and although she too struggled with the trauma of living after Gilead, she showed up on the other side thanks to a support group of Gilead survivors who share her experience. This recovery of the emotional soul is within reach by June, but it must want to go there first. At the moment, however, she does not want to fight with words but with actions. This is where “The Handmaid’s Tale” is most potent because its desperate need to be accountable and the crimes committed haunted the past four years of American trauma.
When anger blurs the lines between hero and villain, the racial tension is unmistakable. One scene can particularly upset viewers because of the violence and racial dynamics. June is seen as the protagonist, but she also has all the selfishness and aspiration that a white woman has. This season feels similar to “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, ” than June the need to fight and resist, and “game of Thrones“Because of the music and the striking resemblance of June to Khaleesi. And we all know how that white savior turned out.
Not only does the Liberator tire as the season progresses, June’s ability to survive while the people around her are mutilated, shot or hanged becomes less likely, and frankly, crazier. Everyone on the show makes their way over to her and it’s puzzling. After all, June isn’t the first woman in Gilead to become a victim. Hell, some of those who risk their lives to help June are also victims of missing children.
An entertaining sense of “enough already” permeates the show in its constant brutalization, dehumanization and the way it favors the hierarchy of privileged women. It can be a challenge to cheer June for her immoral acts, but her circumstances were understandably dire. While there must be understanding when someone suffers something terrible, the show’s sense of morality and retaliation goes a dangerous line. Because of all the suffering she has endured, the White Savior Complex will be reinforced in June. She has the feeling that no one can tell her something that feels so typical of Karen. She knows what’s best, and that tragically resembles those she wants to destroy. While we fear she may turn to the dark side and the relegation will be compelling, her distinctly white feminism often undermines what can be a compelling show. [B]
The new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is now available on Hulu.