Smart Power
The Handmaid's Tale Season 2



Critic Ratings: 16
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Elisabeth Moss
Joseph Fiennes
Commander Waterford
Yvonne Strahovski
Serena Joy
Alexis Bledel
Ann Dowd
Aunt Lydia
O.T. Fagbenle
Sam Jaeger
Mark Tuello
Sydney Sweeney
Eden Spencer
Krista Morin
Rachel Tapping
James Gilbert
Dr. Bruce Miller
Dr. Bruce Miller
Daniel Wilson
Ilene Chaiken
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Critic Reviews for Smart Power

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.

Jul 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.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Handmaid's works best at its most humane and this meditative, quietly devastating episode is, accordingly, one of the season's very best.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

"Smart Power," a tense hour of The Handmaid's Tale, is a carefully wrought piece of television that mostly sets the stage for what's to come, and yet there's something about it that lingers.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There really is no rational reason that Canada would invite the Waterfords at all. But Handmaid's Tale had to kick-start what I'm assuming will be further escalating tensions with our no-longer-friendly neighbors to the north.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I can't praise the creators, cast and crew behind The Handmaid's Tale enough, the show is soaring in its post-source material era, perhaps even topping the novel-based first season.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The best and most uplifting part of the entire episode, nay, series to date, was when Nick delivered the news to June that Luke loved her, that he would never give up, and oh yeah, that Moira escaped and is alive and well.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 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.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

[Fred] is so smug about the whole thing that I want to take the sign Luke is holding and stick it where the Good Shepherd's countenance will never shine upon it.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…