Critic Consensus: Elizabeth Moss' expressive eyes speak volumes to unspeakable horrors in "Offred," an effective, if allusive, introduction to the bleak world of Gilead.
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Moss's beaky physiognomy and hawk-like stares might have been custom-made to play a bowed but unbroken woman incubating secret memories of a previous life, with a sarcastic commentary unspooling in her head.
The brilliance of The Handmaid's Tale in part emerges from a quality it shares with the book: it never over-explains, or preaches.
The world of Gilead isn't quite fleshed out, but we get the gist of it from subtle details...Despite the show's tone, it's beautifully shot. Even the ugly scenes are pretty.
The Handmaid's Tale begins fittingly with the end of the world as we know it.
The great thing about this show is that it allows us to glean information about the new world we find ourselves in piece by piece. There's no lengthy exposition provided. The show trusts that we're smart enough to figure it out.
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