I thought I had ranted enough about it, but then episode 6 came out.
What the hell, seriously.
Even with the lesbians the previously strong characters are a pathetic codependent shred of their former selves.
I thought that as soon as Oona declined to help June, Moira would break up with her. I mean, it’s certainly a deal breaker that your partner doesn’t show compassion, right? Wrong. Not only is Oona who breaks up (and fires her) but Moira goes to her and says that she hopes that this can be separated from “us”.
Then June. I thought I had reached my cringe limit with her when she kissed and said she loved the dude who SENT HER TO TORTURE because aT LeAsT sHe’LL bE aLiVe. But we reached a new low this episode, where her biggest concern, in the present and the past, was Luke’s approval. In the flashback, she’s worried that she’s going to disappoint him because he really wants babies and she doesn’t know if she can give him babies. Is this flashback from the 50’s or something?!? Then in the present we’re supposed to swallow with no critical reading whatsoever the scene where she’s concerned that he’s not going to accept her if she doesn’t bring their daughter (a daughter who btw he seems to have totally forgotten when he’s at the porch with Nicole and Moira, whining about how sELfiSh June was to remain in Gilead and “leave everyone here”. Everyone?! Yep, let me see, you, me, this baby, yep, that’s everyone, no one else I can recollect right now). She’s all worried that he’s going to reject her if she shows up without the girl. And we’re supposed to share this journey. No “oh wow, what a dickhead if he doesn’t”, or “hunny, you’ve been to hell and back, what do you care if a dude who hasn’t experienced a tenth of your trauma starts making demands?”. No, we’re back on chick-flick mode guided to think “awww, hope he takes her back, hope he understands”.
I mean, Margareth Atwood’s book is long gone since season 2, but right now it’s becoming a joke. Not surprised at all that the writer is a MAN.
Next thing will be a TIM being oPpReSsEd in Gilead, mark my words.