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I finished watching Season 1 of The Handmaid's Tale and by the end I was fully committed to the show. This is good stuff!
I thought the first few episodes had frequent slow spots, with occasional very slow spots. As the show progressed, though, it got better and better. The last two episodes had me on the edge of my seat.
The show's stars, Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, and Max Minghella were all terrific. Moss and Strahovski's performances simply blew me away. The scene in which Serena (Strahovski) made Offred (Moss) take a pregnancy test and the later one depicting Serena taking Offred on a road trip in a locked van were both chilling.
The music in the show impressed me too. The many tense scenes were ratcheted up by the eerie weird music that accompanied them.
Finally, highest marks to the novelist, Margaret Atwood, who created the awful dystopia in which a few autocratic and religiously zealous (albeit selectively so) men managed to make slaves and concubines of the few women who remained who were capable of bearing children. Brrr!
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