For What It’s Worth

I have a reputation for burying my head in the sand and where better to do it than on a smallholding in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands? That’s not to say I don’t care about what’s going on, I do – deeply, but politics is just not my thang. That said, every now and then I do venture up into the stratosphere and have a look around. And for what it’s worth, these are some of my thoughts on what I see.

I was an avid fan of the Handmaid’s Tale season 1. Based on the novel written by Margaret Atwood and published in 1985, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future and “explores themes of women in subjugation in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence” (Wikipedia).

Season 1 ends basically where the novel ends but without the epilogue.

I eagerly awaited season 2. The writers apparently had help from Atwood in creating season 2 but I just don’t feel her presence. For me, season 2 has lost all the subtlety that made season 1 so riveting. It’s such a blatant political statement on the rise of fascism and I find the overall message so brutal and in your face, that I just can’t watch it. Yes, it needs to be said, and if you have the stomach for it, it needs to be watched but I can’t do it – it’s that ostrich mentality of mine!

Perhaps the difference is that Atwood was writing about an imaginary future and the show’s writers are seeing that future as the present.

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2 Responses to For What It’s Worth

  1. Chris Ammann says:

    I with you on this Cathy. I found Series 1 riveting but am battling with Series 2. It really is brutal and nasty. I get it – I’ve read enough dystopian fiction. And it does need to be said but I keep on finding reasons to watch something else while still keen to know what’s going on. Ah, first world dilemmas.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I’m also keen to know what happens. The acting is just so darn good, it pulls you in and that’s what makes it so difficult to watch. Perhaps this is a case for googling the end!

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