Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Season 2, Episode 9: “Smart Power”
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by Dorothy Fortenberry
At home, Luke, Moira, and Erin (Erin Way) go through the Mayday letters. They each have their own losses to endure, while witnessing all the loss of others. Moira just wants to blow Gilead up. So, Erin suggests perhaps the letters can function as an ideological bomb.
Next day, the Waterfords are being kicked out of Canada. Turns out the letters were uploaded last night. Canada’s made a decision: “We believe the women.” A perfect moment in the era of Me Too, if only in fiction. Here we watch Serena do a walk of shame alongside her rapist husband. The most bare, truest face of Gilead has now been unveiled to the world. They’re not going to be able to hide so well anymore. On the way out, Fred sees Moira in the protest, coming to realise their nation-state’s not so secure as once thought.
Nick gets back and tells June about the letters being released. One bright spot in a sea of darkness. At the same time, things have changed for Nick, after meeting June’s husband. He tells her about it, and also that Moira’s safe. It’s more hope for her, despite being emotionally tough. Knowing Moira is free gives June a breath of needed fresh air— she understands freedom is possible. Her fight’s renewed.
Wow! One of my favourite episodes this season. Something heavily relevant about seeing Canada and America on two opposite sides of the spectrum, in such vast contrast. Particularly with all the nonsense as of late between Trump and Canada. BUT REMEMBER: Canada is nowhere near perfect, we’ve got horrible history of our own. It’s still an intriguing perspective to see up close in this episode.
Can’t wait for more.
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