Critic Consensus: While "Jezebels" gives insight into Nick's backstory it does so at the expense of other, richer characters, creating a rare misstep in an otherwise engrossing season.
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 wants its Commander young and disgusting, and Joseph Fiennes delivers. Every smile is shark teeth, every line brushed with cod liver oil. This Commander knows exactly what he's doing.
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.
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