The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Episode 8 Review: The premise of The Handmaid’s Tale has moved, with June out of Gilead. It’s a drama about resistance and endurance which has become a drama about recuperation and survivor hood, and those new topics are being treated with characteristic intricacy.
Throughout the year, this show could be accused of lacking positive progress, yet never of distorting the untidiness of its characters’ emotions.
That proceeds in ‘Testimony’, which confuses the cliche in fiction that enduring either giving a character righteous quietude or transforms them into an instant villain.
The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Episode 8 : Is June Channeling Aunt Lydia?
June and Janine (alive, we learn, however in Aunt Lydia’s custody) are neither. They’re not mouth-foaming baddies, nor have they been cleansed and raised by their suffering. Janine is exhausted and June is furious.
Recently free, June is reluctant to release that outrage for the sake of “feelings, forgiveness, journaling” healing. She actually wanted to make Gilead hurt, and it’s taking her character to some dull, unsympathetic places.
In ‘Testimony’, June’s fury spread through the survivor support bunch (what preferred area over a library, incidentally, for these once-banned from-perusing women to assemble). She changed its voice from compassionate to sadistic – group therapy tends towards specific lexis and “I’d utilize a broom handle” is not it.
Throughout the span of three meetings, she organized a coup using Emily’s previous Aunt as a prop. June had taken Moira’s place as a leader and pulled together the group away from recuperating towards the intoxicating high of revenge.
June told Emily to face her enemy and she will feel much better. It was a similar message she would have given to fourteen-year-old Mrs. Keyes toward the beginning of the season.
Emily confronted Aunt Irene, the woman indirectly answerable for her own grief and mutilation. She declined her plea for pardoning and felt the high of victory when she took her own life.
That was an entrancing turn from Kira Snyder’s script. Heading out from the sight of the Aunt’s hanging body, Alexis Bledel kept Emily’s response controlled. It was just when June incited her that she admitted “I feel… astonishing. I’m happy she’s dead.
I hope I had something to do with it.” June was the midwife of that confession, and of the vicious fantasies from the others that followed.
Discussing midwives, who did June resemble when she set a seat in the center of the circle, constrained its occupant to tears, and walked around leading an ensemble of voices, saying she was just doing it to help?
The equivalent goes for her relationships with Luke and Moira, both who love her the most. June is transparently hostile and combative with them both, driving away Luke, dismissing real intimacy, and attempting to use sex as an avoidance strategy.
Luke is plainly hurt by her rejection, and reeling after the last episode’s attack. Will June sharing her disgrace at her last meeting with Hannah reduce a portion of her self-disgust and help them with modifying as a couple? Does the audience even need that for Luke at this moment?
June might not have been sanctified by her torment, however, she was enlightened with a halo during her testimony. Pretty much every other set yet the court in this episode, from Serena’s cell to Moira and Luke’s dinner table to Commander Lawrence’s home, had been obscured by darkness.
In court, June plainly stepped into the light, maybe a symbolic impression of her unburdening. That fan club scene was a delectable hard-eyed look at celebrity, internet fandom, current politics, and eventually, how Gilead came to pass.
Playing a more baffling game is Commander Lawrence, whose heartless realism appears to know no limits. Auntie Lydia required a punching bag to work out her disappointment on rather than disturbing life at the Red Center, so he gave her Janine.
Is Janine simply a body to him, or does he realize that she holds an special place in Lydia’s twisted heart? “The work that we are doing is the fate of Gilead,” he told to Lydia. The inquiry remains: would he say he is working to cause Gilead to succeed or fall?