The Handmaid's Tale - Season 2, Episode 9 - Rotten Tomatoes

Smart Power



Critic Consensus: "Smart Power" dramatically builds on The Handmaid's Tale's gripping arc en route to a climactic season finale.

Episode Info

The Waterfords embark on a diplomatic trip abroad; Serena faces the temptation of life outside Gilead; Luke and Moira grapple with survivor's guilt; Offred seeks support from allies.


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

The Handmaid's Tale continues to entangle several key characters in unlikely alliances.

June 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Handmaid's Tale achieved a milestone in that it finally got me to sympathize with Serena, "Smart Power" does something far more essential. It holds her accountable.

June 15, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

This show gives you the chance of revolution...No matter how dire the circumstances are, there are people who are going to fight it and maybe topple it.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

We finally have some movement, and God knows, we needed it. As much as I love this show, it has been frustrating that nothing ever goes anywhere.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The koshing of Janine was callous, but the spewing rage aimed at the Waterfords went some way to diluting the usual grimness. What would have been a 4 rises to a 6, thanks to Isaac's casual brutality.

July 16, 2018 | Full Review…

In this season of "The Handmaid's Tale," Serena's catastrophic lack of foresight about Gilead has made her the show's most fascinating character.

June 14, 2018 | Full Review…

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