Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

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Critic Consensus: "Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum" is buoyed by Offred's lasting optimism -- though performance-wise the episode belongs to Joseph Fiennes.

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.

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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.

Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is these Handmaids in her past, along with the present ones, both living and dead, are the ones who inspire Offred to utter the episode's final, mic dropping line.

Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Kudos to Joseph Fiennes for his performance about his lack of performance.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite all attempts to isolate the Handmaids from the world and one another, a connection remains.

Jul 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Elisabeth Moss is so good at these tiny veiled moments of manipulation, as she meekly tells him that she knows Serena is right to punish her, but she doesn't know how much more confinement she can take.

Sep 30, 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.

Sep 20, 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.

Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Serena Joy wasn't kidding around with that "things can get much worse for you" threat.

Sep 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum," acts as both a war cry and beacon of hope. Without Moira's presence, this episode, and Offred, would undoubtedly fall apart.

Sep 20, 2017 | Full Review…