The Handmaid’s Story – The Crossing – Assessment

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  The Handmaid’s Story “The Crossing” was written by Bruce Miller and was directed by none aside from Elisabeth Moss (June) – doing double responsibility once more! This was a very horrific episode each for the torture that June undergoes and for the excessive physique rely of all these we lose on this episode. Moss throws in some fantastic homages to horror movies and likewise incorporates quite a lot of photographs that resonate with earlier episodes.

Because the episode opens, all we hear is June’s respiratory. Then we get an in depth up of her face – and all we will see are her eyes as she’s within the gag we’ve seen earlier than on Handmaids earlier than – good for filming throughout Covid! She’s at the back of a truck, chained by her neck and toes in place. We get the same old aerial shot and see that she’s being taken to a big facility, nicely out within the nation. The truck stops, and Nick (Max Minghella) will get in.

He leans in shut, seeming to drink in her presence and scent. He proceeds to unlock her chains. He tells her that Esther is secure in custody, however the different Handmaids are nonetheless at giant. I liked the best way his face is proven in closeup, going out and in of focus. June doesn’t know whether or not to belief him. Is he tormenting her with this info or attempting to ease the torment of not figuring out. He tells her that he can’t assist her if she doesn’t inform them the place the subsequent safehouse is. He asks her twice – including “Please” to “let me make it easier to.” She appears like she’s nearly about to consider him when Aunt Lydia (Ann Dowd) exhibits up with two Guardians. June shuts her eyes. She is aware of what’s coming now. 

Aunt Lydia thanks Nick for bringing June and tells him she’s there as June’s advocate! HA! He ought to consider her as June’s Guardian Angel – omg… Nick tells her to “be sturdy with the Lord and the energy of His may.” June simply stares at Nick. They each know what he’s turning her over to. June is lead via concrete halls, bathed in pink, with torture rooms open till she’s dumped in her personal cell by the Guardians. It’s fantastically shot like one thing out of Noticed or Hostel.

As quickly as Lydia is alone together with her, she smashes June throughout the face, berating her as a depraved “woman” for taking all the youngsters from their houses. June, nonetheless, goes from terrified to livid as quickly as Lydia touches her. Lydia asks if she thought of how their poor dad and mom would really feel – and the way SHE would really feel! It’s not lengthy earlier than we see that Lydia’s true concern has at all times been herself – and her energy. 

4 Guardians are available and strap June to a metallic desk. A Lieutenant (Reed Birney) is available in, and Lydia tells her that he has questions, and he or she’s positive June may also help. He takes off the gag and tells her that she doesn’t have to be afraid – ‘blessed be the fruit.’ He asks ‘Ofjoseph’ the place the opposite Handmaids are, and Lydia tells her to reply whereas “God’s gentle nonetheless shines upon you.” I liked the best way this scene was arrange. The room is lit solely on one facet – the facet the place June’s toes are, so her head is bathed in darkness as she says “There isn’t a gentle right here. God has forsaken this place.” 

The Lieutenant responds by punching her viciously within the abdomen. He asks her once more. She stays silent. He asks if she’s positive she doesn’t wish to reply, and Lydia tells him Ofjoseph is at all times positive – she needs to ensure that June is tortured. The Lieutenant prays earlier than starting to waterboard June. He smiles – clearly he likes his work – as he places the material – with a cross on it – over her face. Outdoors the door, Lydia really appears troubled as she hears June inside, however she sits down and begins engaged on her needlepoint anyway. Does she really really feel something like sympathy? She’s been tortured herself, and he or she retains saying these are “her” women – however does she actually care about them previous the ability they provide her? We’ve seen glimpses of it earlier than with Janine (Madeline Brewer), however I don’t belief it.

In Toronto, Luke (O-T Fagbenle) tries to get information about June on the American Consulate. Rachel (Krista Morin) confirms that June has been captured and is alive, however doesn’t assume they’ll get far more info. There could be a trial, however it gained’t be public – no verdict or sentencing will probably ever be forthcoming. Rachel tells him that her Grandmother used to bury a inexperienced persimmon within the yard for luck – “for what it’s price.” 

June – soaking wet – is taken to a room and positioned, palms tied on a chair. Aunt Lydia is available in. She appears involved and tells June that the Lieutenant may be very decided. Lydia tells her it’s going to get loads worse. She factors out that the opposite Handmaids are wished fugitives and at risk due to her. June must convey them dwelling. June factors out that this isn’t their dwelling. Lydia insists that they’ve a lifetime of service and which means in Gilead. June responds that the one which means there’s violence. 

June tells Lydia that she instructed the women that in the event that they adopted the principles, they’d be okay, after which she despatched them out to be raped and crushed and humiliated – again and again. Lydia appears troubled, however when June tells Lydia that she failed them, Lydia hits her and pushes her off the chair. Lydia requires the Guards and places June again on the chair. June calls her Lydia – no Aunt – and that basically pisses Lydia off. After which June enjoys actually driving the knife in. She tells her that Lydia’s valuable Janine was straightforward and turned on Lydia in a second. That one clearly hits dwelling. 

The Lieutenant comes again in. June appears defiant nonetheless, and Lydia doesn’t depart this time. He will get out a pair of pliers, takes her hand, and is about to begin ripping out her nails. He tells her that she will cease it any time. June appears like she’s breaking, and he or she out of the blue sounds utterly submissive, she requires Aunt Lydia. She tells them that they went to Vermont. Lydia appears confused. June has a minimum of purchased herself a while. 

It appears like Luke and Moira (Samira Wiley) now have a home. Luke is on the porch, which is festooned with lights, with Nicole as Moira fills the automobile with indicators. There’s going to be a march – and prayer vigil – for June. Luke tells her it’s early, however Moira says it’s going to be crowded. She gives to attend for him. It doesn’t look like he’s even intending to return when he says he’s going to tub Nicole and get her to mattress early. He factors out that June is in jail they usually’re lighting candles. Moira factors out that they’re doing every part they’ll. Luke tells her to not rub it in.

Luke asks if June selected this. Moira is adamant in saying no. She’s been subjected to Gilead. She is aware of that there aren’t any decisions there. However Luke factors out that she selected to remain behind, figuring out she’d probably be caught. Moira says perhaps. Die attempting to do one thing once more. Luke can’t recover from that June needed to make the selection to not ever see him – or Nicole once more. He has to respect it. He can’t ask God for one thing she didn’t need. I liked the distinction of them being outdoors, in a nicely lit house, whereas June is in darkish, sterile concrete. 

Again with June, we get pictures very paying homage to the primary episode. June is on her chair, the door opens and the chair is framed within the doorway. Lydia seems instantly behind her bathed in pink gentle. Lydia walks up behind her and says poor selection. June says she’ll by no means inform, and Lydia says courageous phrases – however simply phrases. June is taken from the room. She appears at Lydia – does she actually assume there’ll ever be assist there? She’s placed on an elevator and brought as much as the roof the place it’s pouring rain.

Handcuffed and crushed, Beth (Kristen Gutoskie) and Sienna (Sugenja Sri) are standing on the wall on the fringe of the roof. That is fantastically shot – and I’m assuming some actually magnificent CGI. June is shaking her head. Beth is stoic, however Sienna is crying. The Lieutenant quotes scripture, laughs and asks once more the place the Handmaids are. Beth tells her to not inform them something, and the Lieutenant merely pushes Beth over. He takes June to Sienna and tells her that she will save Sienna. June and Sienna be a part of palms and press their foreheads collectively. They pull aside and smile. It appears like June is about to inform, and Sienna says “June…” earlier than the Lieutenant pushed Sienna over and tells June to not mislead him once more. They take her again to a different room and put her in a really small metallic field. I used to be so completely satisfied to see Beth – and devastated once they killed her. This was punishment for telling a lie – there was no means for June to save lots of them, even by telling the reality.

Nick goes to see Joseph (Bradley Whitford). They sit earlier than his fireplace, ingesting whiskey. Joseph factors out that June isn’t silly, however she is cussed. Nick tells Joseph that he owes him, and Joseph tells him that he can’t save her, and he or she’s by no means coming again to Nick. He is aware of – he simply needs her to remain alive. Joseph says it’s good to need issues, and Nick factors out that Joseph used to need issues – like change. He factors out that June modified Gilead. Nick factors out she additionally modified them – and Joseph says maybe she’s fulfilled her goal and it’s time to maneuver on. It’s exhausting to reconcile this Joseph with the one who was so dedicated to his spouse. Nick says he can’t transfer on. Joseph says he needs he might assist him.

The room is darkish, however their faces are lit by the fireplace. Nick factors out that Joseph has gotten very snug in his home. He tells him that he might assist him get again to the highest. He might assist him keep in the home – it’s a really veiled risk. Joseph may also help him, and Nick will assist to get him again to the highest, get his energy again, or Joseph doesn’t assist, and Nick will see him kicked out of the home and ruined, with no probability to get energy again.

June is singing to herself – “Heaven is a Place On Earth” – ironic. However the tune can be about love making Earth like Heaven. Is that this an ode to Nick to assist her? As she sings, we see Luke sitting on the porch with Nicole. Might this be June’s final Heaven? Luke takes Nicole into the yard they usually bury a inexperienced persimmon. 

June’s field pops open and he or she crawls painfully from it, unbending herself to lie on the ground. Guardians are available sit her up and put a bag over her face. After they take away the bag, she’s sitting on the finish of a eating desk with Joseph on the different finish. He tells her that she’s appeared higher. He then tells her to eat. Nobody will harm her there. She takes a number of mouthfuls of soup. 

She’s shocked to see him. He tells her that they want him, particularly now, and we lastly discover out what occurred on the Membership – six Commanders useless and 9 within the hospital. Joseph tells her that he has to inform her the place the Handmaids are. June’s face hardens and he or she places down her spoon. She shakes her head. He tells her that if she doesn’t inform, they are going to harm Hannah. I liked the intense closeups on this episode. We get Joseph’s face – simply his eye from the facet. We’re actually digging into the core of him. 

He is aware of harm June essentially the most – and he’s additionally, apparently, prepared to harm a baby within the identify of his personal energy. June doesn’t consider that Gilead would harm a baby. And Joseph is admittedly speaking about himself when he says that Gilead doesn’t care about kids. Gilead cares about energy – although it’s true of Gilead too. All the values in Gilead have been only a means to an finish. June reminds him that he was going to scrub up his mess. He tells her that he can’t do this from the top of the world, and that is the place they’re. June tells him to “go fuck your self.” Joseph tells her that motherhood has at all times been an evolutionary puzzle to him. He appears actually upset that the has to truly put his plan in movement. 

June is lead out. Lydia is there – and likewise appears sorry. She pats June’s shoulder. Hannah (Jordana Blake) is in an enormous glass field in the midst of a concrete atrium. June walks as much as the glass, smiling and places her hand out. When Hannah turns and sees her, she screams and rushes to the opposite facet of the field. June walks slowly round so she’s sitting by her on the opposite facet of the glass, telling her it’s okay. When the Lieutenant exhibits up, June tells him the place to seek out the Handmaids. Lydia is clearly relieved when June tells – as a result of Hannah has been spared or as a result of she’s getting her Handmaids again? Lydia drags June away, telling her that Hannah is secure.

The Handmaids are asleep in a basement storage room. Janine hears the canines barking after which flashlights are seen. The ladies huddle collectively. There’s no escape – just one door in and one out. They crouch in a nook, however when it’s clear that they’ve been discovered, Alma (Nina Kiri) is the primary to face. Higher to die in your toes keep in mind.

June is sitting within the nook of her cell. Lydia is available in with a chair and tells her that the entire women have been taken. June strikes onto her knees in entrance of Lydia and tells her that she’s prepared – for all of it to be over. She tells Lydia, “Please. Simply kill me.” Lydia tells her that none of them will probably be executed as a result of with all the youngsters gone, they’ll’t spare even one Handmaid. June can’t consider it – they’re getting new postings? Lydia tells her in a fashion of talking. They’ll all be going to a Magdalene Colony. There, they are going to do exhausting labor, and when it’s their time of the month, the Commanders and their wives will go to them there. It’s like a Jezebel’s solely worse – no sitting about studying and smoking in the course of the day! Lydia says she had her doubts concerning the innovation however can see the worth for sure temperaments. Lydia tells her to keep in mind that every part that’s occurred to June, the Handmaids, these poor Marthas is all a results of June’s actions – it’s all her fault.

There’s a lovely shot of June being hosed off. She’s sitting and within the lengthy shot her physique appears like an hourglass. In shut up, we see bruises, and her bullet wound. All that she’s suffered to get her. Lydia redresses her within the Handmaids outfit once more.

We get one other aerial shot of a truck shifting via the nation. June is let loose. Guardians flank her as she walks down a path towards a bridge. Nick is ready on the bridge. He tells her that Hannah is again dwelling and secure. He apologizes and says he needed to do no matter he did to maintain her alive. June tells him to cease. The true horror was that Hannah was afraid of her – not them. She didn’t know her. Nick tells her that Hannah loves her and that he loves her. The Handmaid truck is ready for her. The 2 press foreheads collectively. June goes to get the truck however turns again and rushes into Nick’s arms, kissing him. The 2 press their foreheads collectively. She turns and goes to the truck with out trying again. Will she ever see him once more?

The remainder of the Handmaids sit with their hats on their laps. Janine is buzzing. Lydia can be there. Alma simply appears at June. They’re stopped at a rail crossing. The driving force tells them they’ll be some time and he’s going to deal with the necessaries. Lydia tells them “It’s so fantastic being altogether once more, isn’t it?” She will get no response. It’s clear that the others are ready for June to do one thing – and he or she does. She grabs Lydia’s cow prod and holds her down. Alma tells her to return on because the others are already out. She’s going to hit Lydia – however Alma stops her. And that’s there undoing. Lydia is ready to name the driving force – who comes and begins capturing. Two of the Handmaids are shot. The others race with their cloaks and heavy boots, palms nonetheless cuffed to beat the practice and get it between them and pursuit. June and Janine get throughout, however the practice runs down Alma and Brianna (Bahia Watson). Janine doesn’t wish to depart, and we get one other scene of June together with her brow pressed to Janine’s brow. And after giving her energy, the flip and run.

The ultimate scene takes us again to the Pink Middle. It’s evening, and of their beds, after the Aunts have left, the ladies maintain out their palms to one another and inform one another their names silently. It’s a requiem to all we misplaced – although a minimum of June, Moira, and Janine are nonetheless alive. 

This was a very highly effective episode. All that June sacrificed is unquestionably going to hang-out her. I believe that Nick is unquestionably going to remorse serving to Joseph. What did you consider the episode? Let me know within the feedback beneath! 

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