I’m not sure about the trade deal with Mexico for the handmaidens. Like, if fertility is THAT bad wouldn’t they want to hang on to all the women they can? Especially if they want to shore up their already fragile society they’d need to breed more kids to indoctrinate. It doesn’t sort of jive with the whole ‘this society is evil’ either, if anything it kind of backs up what they’re doing as it’s working where other places are failing.
I watched the first three episodes last night and had to dig up this thread. I re-read the book first and I have to say they’re doing an amazing job. Even the added plot lines are great. The cast is ridiculously good. It’s so good it kept me up part of the night with sympathetic rage and a feeling of helplessness. It feels way too real.
I wanted to wait to watch this until I finished the book — I read about half of the book early this summer and just wasn’t into it enough to keep reading (it wasn’t bad — just too slow to keep my attention at the end of a day). I finally decided to start watching the series — I’m five episodes in now and riveted. Elizabeth Moss is so good!
I loved her in Mad Men, of course, and in Top of the Lake, and now Handmaid’s Tale. I always believe her as the character she’s playing, and they’re all pretty different (Peggy, especially, is so different from the characters that followed). She disappears into a role, which is rare. I also really like Alexis Biedel (she had a small role in Mad Man, too, and married the guy who plays Pete Campbell, whose character got Peggy pregnant in the first season…).