Ballet is discussed in this review of The Handmaid’s Tale season 5, episode 2
The novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is very well-balanced. The most recent episode, depicted the addictive joy that comes with exacting retribution. In this episode, it was shown how damaging it is to let oneself get overtaken by drinking. The grin that June wore as she buried the pistol in the backyard while she was daydreaming about the wrongs that Serena had done to her was not the smile of someone who had a future ahead of them; rather, it was the smile of a zealot. In the fifth season, June realizes that the understanding that comes with acceptance is more effective than her anger at times. She was first cautioned against continuing down this road by Sylvia and, more recently, by Rita and Luke as well. If she continues to allow herself to be devoured by her want for retribution, she will eventually find herself in the same place she started: consumed.
Unluckily for June, she and Serena are presently caught up in a psychodrama similar to that in the movie Black Swan, in which each character is a mirror of the other. As a result, the preparations that each of them made for the burial and the ballet were jumbled together; for example, they both used the same pair of leather boots and the same three-way mirror, and one wore black while the other wore white. Even the photo that lines up Serena against the Gilead statue angel wings is a mirror image of the shot that was taken in June in season three framed in the same manner. And what about gardening in June? In any other program, save this one; it would represent a rejuvenated return to life. In this particular episode, it serves as an even additional connection between her and the villain who has green fingers.
Serena’s segment was titled “Ballet,” and it focused on her imposing efforts to put her plan into action. Serena was successful in spite of the fact that she had no supporters in Gilead and disliked almost everyone with whom she interacted. Regarding this topic, do you know whether there has ever been a television program in which almost every line of speech translates to the phrase “fuck you,” regardless of the actual words that individuals say while they are talking to one another? (maybe Real Housewives). At that oh-so-tasteful wake, the undercurrent of hatred that ran through each and every conversation that Serena had was wonderfully pleasant. Fred Putnam considered Warren Putnam to be like a brother. If you say so. Mrs. Putnam fervently hopes that Serena will one day come back for good. Naomi, you could try telling your face.
The waspishness turned such passages into a game for the audience, who had to decipher the meaning of the platitudes and “Under His Eyes” references in order to understand what was really being said. Consider the example of Nick interrupting Serena’s assault on June at the airport by informing her that the Lord had blessed him. This successfully stopped the onslaught. The perfect example of doublespeak: Nick adores June, and for that reason, his time spent with her was most definitely a gift. Consider the statement made by Commander Lawrence to Mrs. Waterford: “You are a… wonder.” We can quite safely assume that “marvel” was not the word that he had in mind at all.
Despite this, Commander Lawrence and Nick became staunch supporters of Serena’s cause. They are not real believers, but as excellent pragmatics, they saw the soft-power logic in it, and what is now beneficial for Gilead is also beneficial for them. As an offer to write an espionage thriller for Nick from Mark Trello (more flattery, constant references to Nichole as Nick’s daughter), Since everyone on this program is a manipulator, Nick wouldn’t have made it this far without knowing which horse to support in a race, and it’s fascinating that he backed Serena against Putnam because of this.
Commander Putnam. Who would have believed that after generating over 50 episodes of the most upsetting television drama that has ever been shown, The Handmaid’s Tale could still make us feel sick to our stomachs with anything new? Who would have guessed that? When Putnam shoved that enormous piece of chocolate into Esther’s distressed face, it was almost impossible to watch. He looked like the creepiest of creepy uncles. Not just because we are aware of Esther’s past of being molested by much older men, but also because the viewers of this drama have been taught to the point where they are able to adequately fill in the blanks.
What took place when everyone, including the camera, gave up on Esther while she was in the midst of the dangerous GQ photoshoot lion’s den? Just look at how disheveled the slimeball was at the meeting that took place immediately after, and just look at how determined she was to commit suicide rather than become one of his personal toys. It wasn’t simply chocolate that was shoved into the lips of that unfortunate child.
It is difficult to rejoice at Esther’s vengeance on Gilead when it might result in the elimination of two of the most entertaining actors on this program. It will be a tragedy for the audience if she is successful in murdering herself and Janine with those poisoned sweets, but god dammit it if the girl is not acting normally. “Be decent, and you’ll be secure.” Get pregnant and live out your dream of becoming a princess. People often say that having a child is the “most full love you’ll ever know.” Every single thing that poor Janine says is a lesson that she has not only been taught at Gilead but also over the whole of her life. And so have all of us. If you behave yourself and don’t break the rules, you won’t be hurt, right? Excellent work. Esther is able to see through the charade and see that women in Gilead do not have any legal protections available to them.
When Serena lost a finger in the season 2 finale, it served as a valuable lesson for her, and as a result, she took further precautions to protect herself physically before submitting her second plea to the Sons of Jacob. Her defense this time around, what is it? Celebrity. She is betting on the fact that her reputation as the bereaved pregnant widow would elevate her to the status of a symbol. More than just a representation of the holy (even if she looked more like Darth Vader than a saint in that billowing black cloak). As she described herself to the Sons of Jacob, she is a “barren woman turned prolific by his favor,” and the carefully composed photo of the Gilead statue’s angel wings springing out behind her demonstrates that she is going for an angelic look. In order to establish herself as a worldwide superstar and establish herself as the prima ballerina in a careful performance, Serena stage-managed Fred’s extravagant funeral.
The greater the amount of support that Serena is able to get from her fan club located all over the globe, the more protected she is. She will play the role of the courageous wife while she is in the throes of her sorrow in front of the world, but behind closed doors, she will be compiling guest lists and analyzing each and every gesture that is recorded on video with one specific spectator in mid — June. The choice to have Hannah play the role of the girl who hands out flowers on film was a provocative move of such depraved brilliance that it really deserves praise. Talk about sophistication combined with brutality. You are responsible for the death of my husband, Serena argues, and I now have your daughter. What action do you intend to take in response to this?
What actions will June take, and what actions will Luke take once he watches Hannah on the big screen? They can’t just abandon Serena, forget about her, or mess her up, as Luke had said before. Just now, Serena demonstrated to June that even though she may have defeated Fred in one fight, the conflict is far from over.
In the United States, The Handmaid’s Tale may be shown on Hulu on Wednesday nights. It is anticipated that it will be shown at a later time on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom.
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