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THE HANDMAID'S TALE
June 5, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Hulu, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

SEASON PREMIERE: Season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale begins tonight on Hulu – which, with this series, copies the long-established broadcast TV formula of presenting one new episode per week, rather than dropping an entire season at once. The season begins, though, with a triple-header, treating fans to the first three hours of the new crop of shows. And they begin precisely where last season’s cliffhanger left off: with Offred (Elisabeth Moss) smuggling Serena’s baby off to safety, but staying behind herself, in hopes of similarly rescuing her own child. What happens next includes Bradley Whitford (now elevated to series regular) as a rebellious patriarch, and Alexis Bledel as the handmaid trying to get the baby to safety – and both of their performances, like Moss’, are standout examples of the acting craft at its best. With all three, some of their best acting comes in silent closeup, when only their expressions tell you what they’re feeling and thinking. And boy, do they… For a full review, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower

 
 
 
 
 
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