‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ season 4 review: Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama shifts gears, changing more than just its clothes
The main possession stays Elisabeth Moss, who has actually grabbed the franchise beyond simply her work on screen, directing 3 of this season’s 10 episodes. (8 of those were provided for sneak peek, providing an excellent concept of the narrative arc, while staying hazy about its endgame.)
Possibly primary, “The Handmaid’s Tale” obtains its enjoyments at this phase mainly from private minutes including its magnificent cast, whether that’s the ghastly Auntie Lydia (Ann Dowd) purring, “You wicked, wicked girl” or Moss’ June directing among her withering looks at somebody genuinely deserving of it.
Still, June’s steely personality and tries to run away Gilead has basically mixed the deck, separating her from the scaries she experienced under Leader Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) and his partner Serena (Yvonne Strahovski), whose own bonds have actually been checked.
June closed the 3rd season (which concluded, it deserves keeping in mind, 20 months ago) by smuggling an aircraft loaded with Gilead’s kids securely to the sanctuary of Canada, an act laden with repercussions on both sides of the border.
“Gilead doesn’t care about children,” states the dissident Leader Lawrence (Bradley Whitford), in among those lines plainly planned to echo beyond the series. “Gilead cares about power.”
Yet in spite of the complete satisfaction associated with indulging in Moss’ sparkle — viewing the character assert herself in this transformed landscape, while bearing scars, psychological and otherwise, from her experience — the series feels as if it’s extracting a story all set for its conclusion more due to industrial imperatives than imaginative ones.
The Majority Of those who praised the series, truly, throughout its very first 2 seasons will likely be inclined to stay till the bitter end. Nevertheless, it’s possible to continue to appreciate the program’s premium pieces and still believe that end must come earlier instead of later on.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” starts its 4th season April 28 on Hulu.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.