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Critic reviews for Jezebels
Episode eight did little to advance the plot or deepen our understanding of Offred or her tormentor. And yet it sand-blasted our senses as Waterford brought his chattel to a quasi-official house of ill repute.
The show is also shading out the Commander in a way I'm not sure I can quite track, though I'm interested enough to give it the benefit of the doubt, for now. (This is, not for nothing, in part thanks to Joseph Fiennes's impressive performance.)
Nick lies back, and we get our first glimpse into his backstory! Finally! I've been wondering about this from the very beginning. Nick seemed almost too normal -- how the hell did he end up with the Waterfords?
There's no rabbit hole for Offred to escape through (if only!), but she's brought into a new facet of this strange new world. Curiouser and curiouser, indeed.
The episode's potential is squandered as the writers choose to focus on Nick's back story and thorny relationship with Offred rather than put Moira in the spotlight.
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