Handmaid's Tale: Make Sure You Escape the Dystopia Before It's Too Late

WIRED | 5/25/2017 | Charley Locke
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YOU CAN’T KNOW how tightly bound a dystopia is until you try to escape; you can’t know how much has been taken from you until you realize you can’t get it back. If losing your job seemed bad, just wait for the gunshots and government-enforced fertility centers.

As The Handmaid’s Tale has rolled out on Hulu, two main talking points have emerged: First, it is very unsettling, and second, it is unsettlingly possible. It’s dystopian fiction, but not very far removed from reality. Instead of dropping its audience into a bleak world they could never imagine, it shows that world’s gradual transformation. Through flashbacks, viewers see June (Elisabeth Moss) remaining in Boston after the Commanders make it illegal for women to have bank accounts or jobs, and staying put even though they’re shooting protesters and coordinating attacks on the US government. It shows June upset, but thinking things might right themselves. Handmaid’s Tale feels real because it’s not just a story about a woman trying to endure an oppressive society—it’s a story about how easily she could become a part of one.

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A great deal of this comes to light in “The Other Side,” which flashes back to the time when June and her husband Luke (O-T Fagbenle) realized they had to get out of Boston to save June and their daughter Hannah (Jordana Blake). After being smuggled out of the city by a friend of June’s mother, they believe they have found temporary safety in a remote cabin. For a while, as they make chocolate chip pancakes and skip rocks on the pond, it seems as though they’ll be able to escape to Canada.

But they’ve waited too long. June and Hannah never make it across the border. The state-appointed Guardians of Gilead capture June and take her daughter away. Luke tried...
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