The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5: Is handmaid’s tale worth watching ?

The Handmaid’s Tale: With Roe v. Wade overturned, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian vision appears to be returning at an opportune time. As it stands, however, the arc of this fifth season is ill-suited for the present moment, with the focus more narrowly on June’s hatred for Serena than almost anything else.

At the close of the fourth season, June (Elisabeth Moss) orchestrated a brutal, cathartic end for Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) that left its mark on his widow, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski).

Even in a patriarchal society, Serena has the skills of a survivor when it comes to political skills. Despite escaping Gilead, June cannot shake the simmering anger inside her (no one does intense stares of rage like Moss), bringing her back again and again.

Even though letting go of old grievances would certainly make sense, she simply isn’t in the mood to do so, much to the dismay of her husband, Luke (O-T Fagbenle). In this way, the season provides Moss and Strahovski with splendid showcases, as well as an extended reflection on the sacrifices associated with motherhood, despite the characters being separated.

With Moss once again wearing multiple hats as star, producer, and occasional director, “Handmaid’s Tale” rarely fails to deliver stark or shocking moments. On the other hand, watching eight out of ten episodes makes me feel even more guilty that the new season indulges in chapters that serve as filler and move the story along at best.

After announcing the sixth season will be its last, the series has the advantage of building toward a definitive endgame.

In the pragmatic pursuit of political accommodation, Gilead’s neighbors must tolerate uncomfortable questions about the relationship between Gilead and the larger world. Other less developed subplots include Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd), what it might be like to have a conscience; Nick (Max Minghella), still pining for June as he tries to figure out how to proceed; and Bradford’s Commander Lawrence, whose belief in quietly reforming Gilead from within has become a central tension on that larger scale.

Despite the Emmy-winning first season’s searing urgency and striking imagery (all those crimson cloaks, which even appeared at a Supreme Court protest), “The Handmaid’s Tale” has struggled to match its first season’s impact.

Hulu’s series has clearly not lost any relevance, and indeed, some of its themes resonate more strongly now. Although this season continues June’s story, it reinforces the feeling that this show’s best days are behind it, despite the promise of a conclusion.

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