The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2, Episode 3 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: The Handmaid's Tale lifts "Baggage" beyond its source material by incorporating stellar acting, writing, and a terrifying cliffhanging climax.

Episode Info

Offred reflects on her relationship with her mother as she navigates her way through Gilead. In Little America, Moira tries to cope with the trauma she endured.


Joseph Fiennes
as Commander Fred Waterford
Ann Dowd
as Aunt Lydia
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Critic reviews for Baggage

The Handmaid's Tale can get bleak, but never has it been so devastatingly cruel as it was in "Baggage." That's because the third episode of season 2 offered a resource that is progressively rare in Hulu's dystopian series: hope.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

"The Handmaid's Tale" continues to deliver.

May 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The plane comes under fire... and wow that sentence really doesn't convey how freaking terrifying this entire sequence is.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This second season, despite my overall wariness, has already justified its existence. Now that it's gone beyond the book, the show can travel more freely around Gilead and reveal more of the world's enduring ugliness and resistance.

May 3, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode is framed around the most difficult questions relating to escape: what it means to be free, for a person who's been through so much and who yet would still have to leave so much behind.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Samira Wiley is excellent and has made the most of every moment, but it's time for Moira's history now, too.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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