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Critic reviews for A Woman's Place
One of the briskest and most illuminating episodes yet delved into the backstory of Offred's tormentor-in-chief, Lady Serena Joy (a torturously self-contained Yvonne Strahovski).
It was great to see the evolution of the character Serena. It was even better to see actress finally show a range of emotion, besides every color of the fury rainbow.
Serena Joy's flashbacks this episode were fascinating, as she went from an extreme conservative writer to a wife of Gilead.
I have conflicted feelings about the last 10 minutes of this episode, especially, but I'm encouraged by the way that The Handmaid's Tale has been slowly evolving and mutating over the past few weeks into a TV show, instead of an adaptation of the book.
"A Woman's Place," artfully directed by Floria Sigismondi, manages the rather delicate trick of coaxing its audience into a position of empathy before offering an ever-so-gentle condemnation of the very character we've just gotten to know.
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