Darren Maule's 'The Handmaid's Tale' season four review

Darren Maule's 'The Handmaid's Tale' season four review

With the multi-award-winning series making a return after Season 3 left us at the edge of our seats, Darren Maule gives a review of Season 4.

Handmaid's Tale Season 4

One of Darren Maule's favourite series premiered its fourth season in late April. 'The Handmaid's Tale' is back! 

Three episodes have been released and he has already watched all of them. If you're a fan of Margret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale', then you'll enjoy this read: 

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What are you enjoying so far about 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 4? 

First of all, it's been a while since I've enjoyed a film or series set in a Dystopian era, so I'm enjoying that. Another beautiful thing to experience is the cinematography - the series is magnificently shot. The music score is also so intentionally and creatively chosen. So it's just one the most gripping things to watch. Most of all, returning to the question, I'm enjoying that it's a true follow through from S1 to S3 and it has more of a punch to it. It's more dynamic. 

Describe the mood when you first watched the season? 

I must say, what I enjoy most about the series is that I can watch it with my Anna despite her not being a Sci-fi fan. When we sat for this one we made sure there were no distractions that we could enjoy it completely. We made sure to have all the animals fed; all the kids are bathed and tucked in. We set the correct mood light in the lounge and we were wrapped in each other's arms with the perfect amount of pillows and blankets. 

Who's your favourite character?

It is near impossible to choose a favourite character for 'The Handmaid's Tale'. It was a long debate between my Anna and I but we finally  settled with Janine Lindo - Ofwarren, then Ofdaniel, and now Ofhoward. She is the one with the eye patch who's had a journey almost as brutal as June's. She actually had it harder - remember she got put in the quarry to get stoned. She still manages to maintain a level of silliness and wonderful light moments of joy. She's delightful; she's the light in the darkness of this one. 

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Any new themes you sense coming through this season? 

I don't think that there will be much difference. In the first three seasons, the theme is that June is trying to survive and fight in some small way against the tyranny of Gilead. In this one, the Waterfords have been arrested, her child is safe with her husband and has freed Martha. She has achieved a battle that no one would have imagined and it seems the theme is she doesn't know what to do with this. The theme is, "How do you go back to normal after everything that she has experienced and witnessed?" One can make parallels of June's current situation with the world post-Donald Trump. Although he may not be in office anymore, the influence within a large proportion of the US and the world still lingers. 

The theme is June won't be able to reconcile a life after Gilead.

How do you predict it will end in this season?

I don't think it's a good idea to try guess where Margaret Atwood would've gone with this. Her books and storytelling are dystopian, so the ending might not be so much of a happy one. I think 'The Handmaid's Tale' series and Margaret Atwood would want to leave you with that it is much better for society to never get to such a brutal place because not only is living through the brutality nearly impossible, but surviving the aftermath is equally as hard. 

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In his closing remarks, Darren says: 

I think there will be little victories that we as viewers enjoy, but as a whole the narrative will lead us down the path of how horrific a world we can become if we allow the ravages of fundamentalism to take hold.

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