Hulu just released three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s book of the same name. I binged watched it over the weekend, and I had some difficulty being immersed into it. There was something about the world that didn’t sit quite right with me in this adaptation, but I couldn’t quite put a finger on it. Eventually of course, I figured it out.
The story is set after the fall of the United States into Gilead. Not much is known about the world at this point, and so much is still up for speculation. However we the audience are entreated to these details:
- Pollution and toxicity is so bad that it caused fertility rates to drop.
- Congress was slaughtered, martial law was enacted.
- A theocracy hijacked the government under martial law.
- Communications between the populace and government is reduced - it would appear that the Internet doesn’t exist.
- Swift changes were made to the laws of the land, leading up to the scenarios we see in the show.
So what was it that made me unable to pay attention to the world building of the show? The speed at which things fell into place - it all happened within a few years of Offred’s lifetime.[Read More]