The Red Center: A Handmaid's Tale Discussion
Episode 10: How does it end?
Shows are often crunched for time in season-ending episodes, and The Handmaid’s Tale is no exception. Its creators managed to pack a lot into the hour, and though Gilead persists, it’s clear that season 2 won’t be strapped for material. Rose and Laura talk, however, about how the source material of Margaret Atwood’s book is indeed exhausted by the finale, in some unexpected ways. How does it end? We can’t really say.
Episode 9: Who needs to chill?
The ninth episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, “The Bridge,” shows us women on the edge. Janine literally so, but other women more metaphorically: June, Moira, Serena Joy, and even the Waterfords’ housekeeper seem ready to revolt. The cracks in the Gileadan system are now clear to everyone — not just the handmaids. Rose and Laura are left to wonder: is Aunt Lydia the only clear-cut villain of Gilead?
Episode 8: Who's shaving whom?
In episode 8 of The Handmaid's Tale, “Jezebel's,” we visit a brothel and get to know Nick a little better. And so, this week on The Red Center, hosts Rose Eveleth and Laura June discuss that brothel and Nick, and express dread over the potential Fred-centric episode they hope is not coming soon.
Episode 7: How does a gun work?
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.
Episode 6: Does anyone like Gilead?
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.
Episode 5: Who's cucking whom?
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. If you like The Red Center, would you consider leaving us a rating or a review on Apple Podcasts? Or tell a friend!
Episodes 1-3: What is feminist, anyway?
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?