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Based on the best-selling novel by margaret atwood, "the handmaid's tale" is set in gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the united states. gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. in a desperate attempt to "repopulate" a devastated world, the few remaining "fertile" women are forced into s****l servitude. one of these women, offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.
a pivotal quote in episode 3 sums it up. "now i'm awake to the world, i was asleep before. that's how we let it happen. when they slaughtered congress, we didn't wake up. when they blamed terrorists and suspended the constitution, we didn't wake up then either." she continues, "they said it would be temporary. nothing changes instantaneously. in a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it."
in an interview, wiley tells cnn, "i think it's scarily "relevant" right now. i think one of the things we can see -- especially through the flashbacks [in the show] -- is how it doesn't happen all at once. and that's the thing that's so scary. i think right now, we think that, 'well, this can't happen.' and then it does. and then we think, 'well, that next thing can't happen.' and it does. we've become complacent and aren't vigilant. and that's dangerous." ---------
it's interesting but quite disturbing to watch; nevertheless, it's thought-provoking and strangely "relevant" on many fronts. watch with an open mind. adult material, viewer discretion is strongly advised (10 episodes).