First Blood

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Critic Consensus: "First Blood" is an intriguing prologue to the world of Gilead, as well as Serena Joy's key role in bringing it forth.

Episode Info

Offred finds unexpected allies and obstacles in her search for a way to protect Hannah. The Commander prepares for the dedication of a new Red Center. Nick struggles with his new assignment.

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Critic Reviews for First Blood

First Blood advances the storyline in a few major ways, and the push and pull between Serena and June makes their interactions the most complexly layered of the show.

Jun 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The sixth episode of season 2 finally turns the tide on the dour mood (even more than usual) that has overtaken the series for the past few episodes.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The episode title obviously embodies this tragic fact of life in Gilead, but it's rage that takes the forefront. Rage on the part of not only all the female characters on-screen in The Handmaid's Tale, but the writers too.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Season 2 has continued to devastate and surprise Hulu's subscribers, and the most recent episode is certainly no exception.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This week, she pushes Serena too far, but finds a surprising ally once more in Fred. I can't image him trusting her again in the slightest after her disappearing act.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode goes out to anyone who is a bit scared of public speaking.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

While in real life I do not condone violence, I've got to say: Watching one of the fictional handmaids lay waste to a whole lot of commanders does hit the spot.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

What appeared to be a story line about how a smart, tough woman had suffered for beliefs that later silenced her suddenly becomes a demonstration of how much stronger Serena is than her husband, and how ruthlessly she fights to get her way.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

This episode easily could have ended with Serena, June and the knitting needle, and the viewer would have felt satisfied, but there was one more kink in the narrative in store, and a big one.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

The most interesting part of this episode was a look back at that "before" but from Serena's perspective.

May 23, 2018 | Full Review…