Plot Twists & Teasers
Hey there...have you noticed some oddities in the Hulu series? I've mentioned a few things before in comments, talking about placing the time of the show.
Those in Gilead remind me of Mennonites I know that live in clusters. The women wear a uniform, a smock dress of a small, light pattern, over a blouse; with a head covering bonnet. The women only wear skirts or dresses. What the women wear is dictated by the ruling church leader for that cluster (always a man). The men only wear button-down shirts, with or without a vest, and slacks. Large families are encouraged. Children dress like their parents, and work alongside their parents.
The live somewhat communally (the cluster), sharing things with each other. Technology is rare to see. There is often a computer, that may or may not have internet access. They raise animals and food, and create things for income, like the men selling and installing sheds or odd jobs to your home. They strive to live according to God's Word, which is why they dress in a recognizable way, and have their own community ("...be in the world by not of the world...").
In the show promotions, Fred's poster says "Know the Lies Behind Their Laws." Finding these details, to me, is fun.
In the episode "Women's Work" we see Serena producing printed documents, but we don't see a typewriter, much less a computer or a printer. The availability of colored pens is also shown to us. In "Seeds", when Aunt Lydia was checking on OfFred/June's progress, Serena is surprised that Lydia has a pencil, and Lydia explains it away as a necessity of her work.
If those in Gilead, like the cloistered Mennonites, have put aside most technology for a simpler life, how do they produce printed documents? Have you noticed why they need Martha's? The kitchen is all manual. Have you noticed the style of furniture? Every home seems decorated pretty much the same way, with wardrobes (armoirs) that are of gorgeous wood and construction.
If they gave up their worldly life for simpler things, what is Commander McKenzie doing with a pristine collector's Camaro in the garage? (If you aren't a gear head, the car is from the 1980s and Boston Red Sox won the World Series in October 2013, making the car about 25 years old. "Present day" is something after October 2013. In another scene, OfFred is in her attic room, and muses about her room in Gilead being part of AirBnB, which began in August 2008, and was quite popular by late 2013.)
Oh, the Lies Behind Their Laws.
PS: In "The Last Ceremony," where OfFred has false labor, does bigotry live in this idealistic society? As Fred is passing out cigars, a new Commander is introduced, but not offered a cigar. He was promoted to Commander because he and his wife conceived a child. Interesting way to earn a promotion! Why did he not receive a cigar? Was it the dark color of his skin?
NOTE: I've not read the book, and I've not seen the last episode of Season 2 when I wrote this.