The Handmaid's Tale

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Season 1, Episode 1: ‘Offred’

Washed-out colors — moss green, dusty blue, sunlight like aged parchment — give the premiere episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” an almost fairy tale quality. Flashbacks depict a near-future version of the United States, full of people that use cellphones and reference Uber. But that world eventually becomes Gilead, a retrograde and repressive theocratic society in which the title characters wear Amish-like bonnets. The cinematography and the blend of signifiers from different time periods make it all feel somewhat timeless. (Which is part of the point. This could be any moment in time given the history of female oppression.) But there is one color that stands out: blood red. It’s the color of the robes that “handmaids” like Offred (Elisabeth Moss) must wear as a mark of their position in this world.

Bastien, A. (2017).The Handmaids Tale Series Premiere Recap: Welcome to Gilead.  Retrieved from

The Handmaid's Tale Episode 1

Miller, B. (Producer). (2017). Offred. [Television Broadcast] USA: Hulu

The Handmaid's Tale Episode 2

Miller, B. (Producer). (2017). Birth Day. [Television Broadcast] USA: Hulu

The Handmaid's Tale Characters


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