While taking an increasingly depressing and horror-inducing path, The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2 was an improvement from the stellar first season, believes Todd VanDerWerff. More powerful storytelling, more character development and a strong plot stood out. Its themes are profound and scarily representative of the current state of affairs. The show is depressing because of its accuracy in depicting a world where certain corrosive ideals were allowed to fester. The Handmaid’s Tale grew a lot from Season 1. Its only issue is how to continue this excellent narrative next season.
The second season of The Handmaid’s Tale becomes too dark, limiting how enjoyable it is to watch, suggests Justin Kirkland of Esquire. An endless spiral of violence, oppression and hopelessness leave little to keep viewers intrigued. Plot points are stretched as certain rules are applied only to some characters. In general, the torture of its characters loses meaning as it continues seemingly endlessly. The bigger narrative, which is highly interesting, didn’t get the attention it deserved. The show has many qualities to play with but its focus on misery and torment robs it of plot vital elements.