Today Hulu released 30 seconds of its adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale,. and it did not disappoint. The concept itself is terrifying on its own – ultra-conservative theocracy eliminates all female rights and reduces them to breeding machines or sex workers – but seeing it brought to life given the current political climate makes for a chilling experience. Honestly, it would do that in any political climate – this show is about to be GOOD.
In the teaser, Offred’s voice narrates an excruciating montage of the revolution staged by the Sons of Jacob that will change her life forever. We watch her child and husband get ripped away from her. We watch her indoctrination and transformation into a Handmaid. We watch her friend Ofglen (newly-revealed Alexis Bledel) get captured. All the while Offred’s voice wistfully tells us that she can’t tell us her old name – it’s forbidden to speak it.
The Handmaid’s Tale is most women’s worst nightmare, and one of the only widely-read female-centric dystopian novels pre-Hunger Games. It’s unique because in books like 1984, Fahrenheit 451, and Brave New World, women are generally tertiary characters who either embrace their lives or experience oppression nearly identically to their male counterparts. Margaret Atwood’s seminal work illuminates a dystopia designed for women, and the series looks like it’s going to terrify us all with just how bad this kind of misogyny can get.
The Handmaid’s Tale also stars Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, and Yvonne Strahovski. The ten-episode series premieres April 26th on Hulu.