The Handmaid's Tale Trailer Shows a World Where Fear Breeds Contempt

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The first full trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale is here, and there’s no doubt it’s going to be one of the most impactful shows of 2017.

The trailer takes us fully into the world of Offred, a woman whose rights were persecuted and subsequently stripped away, turning her into a breeder for wealthy couples. The show presents a world that’s not unlike ours, showing how easily we could fall into the abyss ourselves through compliance and tolerating intolerance. It’s no wonder woman are dressing up as these characters at Texas legislature meetings to let doctors lie to female patients about fetal defects. We’re one red hood away from the point of no return.

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The Handmaid’s Tale debuts April 26 on Hulu.

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“The first full trailer for The Handmaid’s Tale is here, and there’s no doubt it’s going to be one of the most impactful shows of 2017.”

Why will it be impactful or why do you think it will be impactful? Look, I do not mean to single you out but more and more i09 is doing this* - just stating that something will be great, someone is perfect casting, or something will be impactful (well, this is the first time I remember that being said) without making a case as to why, without adding just a line to clue those of us who need it in to “the why” of why something will be great. It is not always obvious to some of us (or maybe it is just me).

For example in this case I (hopefully incorrectly - and I am usually wrong/off) do not think it will have any true impact. We pretty much already know the work (well, the novel plus or for some the first adaptation) and the folks we would want to have impacted, to sit up and take notice, possibly change their thinking, simply will not be impacted, will ignore it. I think this is one of those things that will be preaching to the choir (the converted? Either way I am not sure I am using it correctly in this case), may gain some good press and some awards, but will not really be noticed overall.

*Or io9 has done this all along and I am only recently noticing. In the last few months I swear I have turned into a person who tells everyone to get off not just their own lawn but every frikkin’ lawn.