Who knew that Margaret Atwood could see the future?
If the current political landscape makes you fearful, then you'll probably want to steer away from Hulu's upcoming series, THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Set in a dystopian future, the nation of Gilead (formerly the United States of America) is a totalitarian society where a large population of women have become infertile due to environmental contamination. Man's response? To round up the women still able to procreate and force them into a life of slavery and childbearing for the wealthy. If that's not gloomy enough, the fertile women--called Handmaids--are simply executed if they speak up. Oh, and there's a civil war going on.
Elisabeth Moss headlines as Offred, the narrator of the series. Offered was formerly named something else (another effect of the subjugation), and had a husband and daughter before being snatched away to her new life.
Hilariously, the series is being damned by the cuckoos of the far right, and supporters of the USA's current president, incorrectly linking its release as some sort of social commentary on his leadership. Canadian Margaret Atwood, the author of the source material released a statement:
Frankly, some of the imagery is downright terrifying. Hulu is releasing the first three episodes of THE HANDMAID'S TALE on April 26, and then the remaining ones in subsequent weeks following.