With Offred beginning to perk up following her zombie phase in episodes 4 and 5, the first six episodes of Season two have led in a circle to the restoration of the Waterford household status quo. Like the 6th episode of Season 1, 'First Blood' is Serena Joy-focused.
The most recent episode of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, “Seeds,” had a tough act to follow. Last week's episode, "Other Woman," took the story to a new emotional low, leaving Offred broken-spirited and semi-catatonic, exactly how Gilead wants her. “Seeds” does its best to top that. The show can’t move Offred/June forward too quickly. Instead, it brought its heroine new and different depths of pain and dehumanization before finally doling out some hope.
'The Handmaid's Tale's Emily-centered second episode, 'Unwomen,' looks at the tragic consequences a rollback in civil liberties. One of the spookiest aspects of any dystopian artwork is the idea that the characters used to be like us. Citizens of the Republic of Gilead on 'The Handmaid’s Tale' used to be Americans. What happened, and how did they give up on 'We, the people?'