Most of my thoughts in the order that I thought them while watching the third season of The Handmaid’s Tale S3 E3 “Useful” on a Wednesday night in Southern California while I should have been taping my podcast.
For the slow folk: SPOILER ALERT!!!!!
They love hanging folks in Gilead. Everybody in that bih gotta have PTSD.
Wait. We just leave a fire burning in the kitchen? This is safe?
Geez. Cora’s options are the colonies or hanging??
What is up with Bearded Daddy? He’s hazing TF outta June.
Oh shit! Mister is at the house!
June is mad casual.
Zaddy is Gilead’s visionary. I wonder what changed for him? Like you built it, now you want to get people out of it? Like, I’m glad. But why the change of heart?
What is June’s angle with Mister? Her demeanor is so weird. Oh, she’s trying to get info.
What is “salvaging”??
Wait. They’re using Darwin to determine women’s value? Or is the point supposed to be that Zaddy has June fetching like a dog?
This is a white hotep meeting.
And June acting like she can’t read. I mean, it’s to survive. Lawd. The parallels they make with enslaved people are intentional, right?
Architect- Zaddy is on a straight ego trip. I’m not so sure he’s a bad guy gone good anymore.
Serena’s staying with her mother?? Is her husband also there?? Or are they still separate ways??
Wow. Martha made Serena a fake pinky. That’s how you know you bad off. When the forced help who don’t even like your ass takes pity on you, you in a bad place.
Serena’s sense of humor is coming back.
Wait. This woman is clearly dying. She needs more than prayer. God provides doctors too. They got her an actual doctor... right?
Everyone who be talking about submitting to a man just because he’s a man needs to watch this show.
What is the Commander talking about? Who is he talking to?? Is Serena in the room?
Serena tied up somewhere on the other side of the room or dead and sprawled on the floor bloody, ain’t she?
Oh, no. He’s with a sex worker. This dude. Righteous and a ho. Cut your wife’s pinky off for wanting to adhere to the Bible, but will break a Commandment willy-nilly.
What June up to? She gonna poison Zaddy, who ain’t Zaddy no more?
Fred got demoted?
Wait. So Not Zaddy thinks he is really still helping the world? Like I thought maybe he set this all up and then felt guilty about it, but nah, he really thinks he’s doing something good for the people. I mean, maybe rich, white men. Ayyeee! Look at America repeating itself.
Wait. There are no more orphans in Africa? Huh? Is this supposed to be the upside of this new world order?
Wait. How does he know June’s whole life? Who told him all this? Did June tell him this at some point?
I’m sure it feels really great to June to tell this dude off, but like, Sis, he will kill you or have you killed. Dude is not the nice guy you thought he was. And you don’t want to die.
There better be some pay off or point to June being in Gilead again.
They got suicide doors in Gilead? Is that Biblical?
Random: Gilead has some dope cars and trucks.
Who Are all these folks caged up? Oh, folks that are going to die. They’re going to the colonies.
He’s forcing June to choose, and essentially kill a bunch of other people.
June won’t participate. Gah. She coulda saved five.
What’s up with Serena’s Mom? Wonder if she changed since Gilead or was she always this way?
I mean, Serena does have to go back to her husband if she wants to live. Gilead doesn’t believe in divorce. Or she could just leave and join the resistance. Why won’t she leave? It would be such a statement? I guess folks would hate her and some Good American would try to assasinate for her causing all this ruckus. Oh, well. Guess she’s stuck.
“You gave that baby away... and it wasn’t even yours.” Serena’s mother is either Claire Underwood or Claire Underwood’s mother.
Nick just showing up at the house to visit like it’s normal-ish times.
Nick is a Commander now? He went from driver to Commander? I guess that’s why he was in the meeting with the Architect. Derrrrr.
Wow. That’s Nick’s goodbye? Oh, no. He going back in and locking the door. One last taste before likely death. I still can’t believe Chicago is lost.
Random: it’s not lost on me that it seems to be the Northeast region that Gilead controls. I woulda though the South would have been their strong hold (Bible Belt), or even the Midwest (Middle America). But the Northeast with all the alleged white liberals and people of color became Gilead’s headquarters.
Back to Serena. I’mma guess her mother was like that all along and that’s how Serena ended up with her backwards ass views.
Serena gotta get outta Gilead. Although, she probably deserves to suffer the most under it.
Serena is really tore up over this baby. I mean, I guess inSerena’s head, June was a consenting surrogate and the baby is legit Serena’s. I mean skip the whole rape and steal part.
Serena really didn’t think about the other mothers until June said something about them? Seriously, Lady?
“You’re scared. Use it.” — June with a good Word.
June seems to have faith that Serena will do right. Or just be decent. Ummm.... 53%. I have zero faith.
Is there such a thing as too much choice? Huh?
It is hard when men revile you. Really, Serena? You don’t say? You thought you and them would revile other women, but they would never turn on you? It never works that way.
Why Serena take her fake pinky off and why she walking in the ocean? What is this chick up to?
Also, GOT writers, this is how you do a character arc. Serena seems to be going thru a change. Maybe. We’ve e seen two episodes of her doing wild ish and looking despondent. So when she does whatever she does next, we won’t be asking, “where did that come from?” GOT is ruined, but surely there will be other projects. Something to keep in mind.
I’m interested to see what Serena does next.
Oh, hubs showed up and Serena walked right by him. Lol. Yeah, she on some new ish.
Just for the record, I still hate her. But she’s a damn good character.
June did pick after all. She’s assuming the women she saved will join The Resistance. Will they??
it’s destroying some ish that ain’t yourself.
I need Serena to just deflect and