Critic Consensus: The Handmaid's Tale lifts "Baggage" beyond its source material by incorporating stellar acting, writing, and a terrifying cliffhanging climax.
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.
The plane comes under fire... and wow that sentence really doesn't convey how freaking terrifying this entire sequence is.
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.
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.
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