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The Handmaid's Tale lifts "Baggage" beyond its source material by incorporating stellar acting, writing, and a terrifying cliffhanging climax.
After the relentless trauma of the previous two episodes, this week offers brief hope before snatching it away again, because series three is already commissioned, people.
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.
Samira Wiley is excellent and has made the most of every moment, but it's time for Moira's history now, too.
Going beyond the source material is an immense challenge for a TV show, but so far The Handmaid's Tale has handled it seamlessly, the first three episodes of season 2 being as strong as any in season 1, if not stronger.
It did serve as a very inward looking episode that gave both June and the viewer time to reflect on all that has happened and attempt to come to terms with it, while this was also echoed with Moira across the border.
After a very strong premiere, The Handmaid's Tale once again shows its limitations in the episode "Baggage."
Any concerns you may have had about The Handmaid's Tale losing its way without the source material can now be well and truly quashed, you absolute fruit loop.
"The Handmaid's Tale" continues to deliver.
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.
Here, The Handmaid's Tale reminds you to be cognizant enough of the world around you so you are never caught unaware of what's coming, but don't put yourself too far out in the headlights so you're the first to go, either.