It’s no exaggeration to call episode 7 of the Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale a “game changer.” The episode steers almost completely clear of its novel source material, choosing instead to build a whole other world. It also answers some pressing questions about Gilead, about what remains of the US, and about what became of one of June’s family members: Luke. It is the Luke episode, and Rose and Laura have a lot to say about it.
The Red Center is back this week to talk about episode 6 of The Handmaid's Tale, “Faithful.” Hosts Laura June and Rose Eveleth run down the episode’s major developments, and then consider whether Gilead could ever be a functioning government.
This week we’re joined by very special guest Annalee Newitz, the tech culture editor at Ars Technica. She’s here to dig into episode 5 of The Handmaid's Tale, and later on in the episode, we discuss the aspects of surveillance in the show, and whether the technology and circumstances in Gilead are realistic.
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This week, hosts Rose Eveleth and Laura June tackle the first three episodes head on: is The Handmaid’s Tale a feminist story, or not? And how closely does the show seem to be adhering to the novel it’s adapting?