The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1, Episode 4 - Rotten Tomatoes

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum



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Episode Info

Punished by Serena Joy, Offred begins to unravel and reflects on her time with Moira at the Red Center. A complication during the Ceremony threatens Offred's survival with the Commander and Serena Joy.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

It's a testament to how dark the going has been that an episode featuring torture, psychological abuse and a creepy doctor offering to impregnate indentured heroine Offred could be considered optimistic.

September 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In a horrific dystopia like Gilead, sometimes you need to stop and smell the corpses.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The Offred from Hulu's Handmaid's Tale is a different woman from the book, and I'm glad of it.

September 18, 2017 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Gilead is a horror movie. It's full of monsters. What makes them truly in-the-pit-of-your-stomach-scary monsters, is that they really exist.

September 18, 2017 | Full Review…

For all the great writing in this series, and there's no shortage, it's tough to think of a series in recent memory more reliant on the stories told by its actors in silence.

September 19, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The world has shrunk for Offred, and it just keeps on shrinking. She has a life in miniature, a dollhouse life, and she is a doll to be taken out, played with, then put away.

September 19, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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