TV Club: The Handmaid’s Tale will not become ordinary

Writing about television is a pleasure, almost all of the time. It’s a chance to champion excellent performances and smart writers, to pick apart something that’s not quite working in an attempt to find the cause, to cheer for great writing and follow compelling characters for weeks, months, years. Writing about really good television is even better, as the best art often grows even more resonant under closer examination. The Handmaid’s Tale is better than good television, and yet the most apt review might be to write “this is great, please watch it immediately,” and call it a day. The reason is simple, and it’s also the best reason to watch: this is a story that speaks for itself. No stray observations required.

That’s not enough, of course, and there’s much to say about this episode (and those that follow, two of which were …

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