‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Ended With a High Note, But Can That Salvage a Flawed Season?

/Film | 8/20/2019 | Caroline Cao
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 3 Ended With a High Note, But Can That Salvage a Flawed Season?

The Handmaid’s Tale season three finale “Mayday” is miraculous in believability as the rebellion against Gilead pulls off its own Great Escape.

Spoilers - Episode - Thoughts - Season

Let’s talk about spoilers for the episode, along with some overall thoughts about the season.

After June allowed the death of Eleanor Lawrence, June (Elisabeth Moss) and the Marthas proceed with their mission to rescue 52 children. Handmaids smuggle supplies into June’s shopping bag. There are touching over-the-head shots of June and the Martha packing a bounty of meals and filling water bottles so no child will go unnourished, unfurling the scope of the mission’s peril and humanity.

Things - Martha - Child - Sooner - Martha

To make things more complicated, a Martha and a child arrive sooner than expected. The Martha panics and nearly snatches a Gilead child refugee back to her Commander’s home. In the frenzy, June points the gun at the Martha and the girl. June breaks down, realizing her desperation has demoralized her mission.

She goes against Commander Joseph Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), in a seemingly all-should-be-lost defeat for their mission, knowing she had a moment of serious failure by losing her temper and aiming a gun at a child, and not to mention a rogue Martha out there that can be caught. But she also rises to override Lawrence’s authority—or assumed authority, just because he possesses power in Gilead doesn’t make his leadership in Mayday certain–knowing she cannot surrender to his patriarchal command because of her ****-ups and her charge still matters in this insane world. She continues to acquire more children and Marthas.

Outcomes - Convenience - Circumstances—perhaps - Point - Survival

The outcomes are almost good to be true and furthered by convenience of circumstances—perhaps the point is that survival does rely on luck. When the enormous party of 52-plus kids starts on the 5-mile...
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