Summary: Flashbacks reveal how June met Luke and started their relationship. Fred starts making passes at Offred which frustrates her. Serena approaches Offred, asking her to have sex with Nick since she believes Fred is sterile. Nick reveals he is an Eye. Offred meets Ofsteven, who is Emily. Emily is much more secluded now. She steals a car and drives around before killing a guard. She is escorted away by officials. Offred has passionate sex with Nick.
The Good: The depressive nature of this show has done a fantastic job of providing some genuine tension. I don't want to see the main characters suffering, yet the show has established that even the smallest things can have disastrous effects. Because of this, every scene has a notable amount of tension as I worry that things can escalate when I'm least expecting it.
Fred and Offred's relationship has been decently fun to watch so far. It provided for a really good scene towards the end where Fred revealed some nice details about his character and motives, while also posing himself as a potential threat to Offred despite being so welcoming to her. Clearly Fred has some affections towards her, and I'm interested to see what that leads to.
Seeing Emily return as Ofsteven was great. Alexis Bledel put in a tremendous performance as always, and I really loved how she conveyed the tragedy her character was put through. The simple scene with Ofsteven playing with the dog was really sad and powerful, and I like how it actually took the opportunity to show a wife who seemed genuinely nice, as she tried to give Ofsteven a bit of a break.
The Bad: I still feel like Nick is completely lacking as a character. I know nothing about him, and I found it tough to buy into the idea of Offred going to have passionate sex with him by the episode's end. Sure she may have been inspired by Ofsteven stealing the car, but it's hard to imagine her feeling quite that inspired. The Eye twist was predictable too and it had no real impact to me. It's also hurt by the fact that we don't exactly know what an Eye is. I assume it's somebody who works for the government, but then why doesn't Nick report everything to the government? In that case should I feel afraid that Offred is having sex with him since it's illegal? Would Nick tell officials? But wouldn't he tell them anyways about Serena setting up Nick to have sex with Offred? Since he apparently isn't telling anyone, then what does him being an Eye even mean for the story? It serves no purpose and changes nothing, which is just sloppy writing.
The scenes between June and Luke did nothing for me. Luke is a very bland character and I find it hard to buy into their "special" love. They just don't have good enough chemistry.
I wasn't a fan of the car scene either. I could maybe buy into Ofsteven doing it, but it still felt spectacularly stupid in my eyes. Because of that, I was completely taken aback by the tone of the scene, as it was apparently supposed to be empowering or something. I didn't get that vibe at all with the scene, so it completely missed its purpose.
The Unknown: Looks like a lot of people are in love with Offred. Where is that story going?
Is Offred going to be pregnant soon? She threw up in this episode, so could that be a clue?
When will the Mayday resistance come into play?
And I'll repeat this again, but what does it mean to be an Eye? I expected we would get answers before the reveal but we really didn't.
Best Moment: Ofsteven playing with the dog in complete sorrow was quite powerful.
Character of the Episode: Ofsteven.
Conclusion: This was a notably weaker episode with sloppy writing and moments. It still consisted of solid storytelling, but the attention to detail was very weak and the flaws really dragged the episode down a lot for me.
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