Emily Thrace

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  1. Yeah scenes like that show that Ralph Angel might actually be a great or at least a good man someday. Its what makes him such a frustrating realistic wonderful character to watch.
  2. This kinda is supposed to be like flip or flop its made may be the same people. I like it though in spite of that, I'm more interested in the design.I love thier style and how much colour they include. I like that they go into the history of the neighborhoods and architecture, too.
  3. That's not really what I was trying to say but the two conflicts would get a very different reaction for a couple of reasons. Gilead emerging in the US would be seen as in internal conflict so other countries wouldn't be allowed to intervene under most international statutes. There would be a time when no one would be sure who was the legitimate US government so they would hold back on sending aid until they knew what was going on. We actually know they have responded somewhat with trade sanctions. Which would be the proper response to something like this. Invading Gilead even at the behest of whatever is left of the US government would be interfering in an internal matter and a violation of US sovereignty. Its the same reason no one has invaded North Korea and not officially chosen sides in Syria. As horrible as it sound they have the right to treat their citizens however they want that what being a sovereign nation is. Invading Canada however would be an external conflict so Canada would have every right to ask for help from their allies. There probably would be countries jumping at the chance to to take on Gilead.
  4. I think if they had any brains at all they would be smart not to try. First of all every theory or projection about invading Canada has said the same thing, you could invade in summer and you might do well until winter hits. After winter hits you would be lucky to hold on to what you grabbed in summer before Canada could come up with a counter attack to push you out again. That's actually one of the reasons why one of biggest military bases is in Edmonton. Its far enough away from the border to work as a fallback point for CFB Shilo and the other more southern bases in the West. In the end I don't think it would be worth it for Gilead. They also would simply be pissing off to many other countries to make it worthwhile. Also the entire common wealth army probably would be larger than whatever Gilead could muster. I doubt they have the entire US military and even if they did the US was stretched when it was trying to hold Afghanistan and Iraq at the same time Canada is twice the size and has much stronger military presence. I think Gilead wouldn't be in a hurry to overstretch themselves. That will bring them down even faster than resistance we could inflict.
  5. I think Gilead might not control the entire US Military for one. Taking over DC doesn't guarantee the whole military followed and a lot of Us military is on the West Coast where it would be easy for them to resist. Also it probably wouldn't just be Britain that would respond. The commonwealth includes India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and a slew of other smaller countries as well. Not all of them would be required to respond but some of like the Anzac's definitely would. We are also a former French colony and would probably get some support from them if not with direct military support then certainly economically. Our second largest trading partner China might want to stick their noses in to protect their investment. Basically Canada is the goofy kid no one dares pick on because they have a lot of tough friends. In the end I think it more a matter of resources. With Gilead fighting civil war they're probably too busy to worry about what Canada is doing. Don't forget the hockey stick. Although one thing I noticed is that he said it was "mac and cheese night" Canadians usually say Kraft Dinner even if it generic macaroni noodle and cheese. I suppose you fanwank that he was translating for Moira's sake.
  6. I like them too , they seem to genuinely love each other with out I also love that they like colour in their design and that the houses are so different.
  7. Yeah I got a good laugh at that one especially how he tried to sound Posh at first and then just gave up and went full Liverpool (his natural accent).
  8. Except feminism is about equality not supremacy or exclusion and by its very nature has to include men. Women can never be accepted by society as equals unless men accept it too. We can pass all the laws and have all the marches but unless we win over the male half of the population we're fucked. Men should care patriarchal structures hurt them too (male stats on mental health and suicide alone prove that) but many of them don't realize it. That's actually what makes Luke's journey so essential to this story. He starts off as a typical clued out male. Then slowly he becomes aware of what is going on and he becomes a victim of Gilead's system. Finally he emerges out the other side someone willing to fight for himself and his family. Its a completely feminist story even if it is based around a man.
  9. I was thinking Bucky could step back from the label and be Maddie's manager. Its what he's actually good at and it would keep him in the family. I suspect the show is not so much retconning Juliette's Dad's death as Juliette never new the truth herself. The "Whole Daddy was killed in the Marines" always rang a little false and sounds like something Meth Mom might have cooked up. She didn't want to explain that Daddy got killed in a bar fight after I caught him with Trashy Tammy or a drug deal gone wrong with his deadbeat friend Jimmy so she lied to poor little Juliette. I half expected him to turn out to still be alive. I felt bad for Deacon tonight, he clearly is using the girls and the label to help fill the void left by Rayna. I half expected him to turn up at Scarlett's when the girls didn't need him. He is a little lost without her but that's to be expected. He just needs to make some friends his own age. That might makes things interesting when useless Teddy gets out of jail. With Rayna gone they might finally be able to actually be friends. I half expect that Scarlett is going to lose this baby (the over the top morning sickness is so often a sign of that in TV land) so I'm not invested in that. I was observing that Scarlett and Gunnar have amazing chemistry and the writers thrown everything but the kitchen sink at them to keep them apart. It ridiculous at this point.
  10. I feel like with Luke people are reading a lot into the asking about Moira and June's relationship that isn't really wasn't his intent. If June's best friend had been a man he might have asked the same questions. Its June who actually makes the "all women are lesbians in college" joke. Luke back pedals and shakes his head. Also he was a lot younger in some of these flashbacks(He and June would have been together almost ten years at this point) so its less immaturity and more actually being less mature. He tried to make his wife feel better, when she lost her job. What was he supposed to do rage and throw things? I wonder what response would have actually gone over well on this board. He probably skipped the protest to care for Hannah since it was more important for June to be there. If they were losing an income paying a babysitter probably wasn't the most practical idea. Luke is still mostly a cipher and an example of how we got here rather than an actual character at this point. He is someone with room to grow which isn't such a bad place for a character to start. I for one am not writing him off based on two comments. The show has many more characters worthy of my hate. I also think the tale of black man escaping to Canada certainly has its place in a story about American oppression. As long as the show isn't saying Luke story is more important than Junes its not problematic. Feminism should be about inclusion not how white women's stories trump a black man's. A story like this should have room for Luke's story and Junes story and Moira's and anyone else who is being torn apart by this regime. The lack of POC is something that was a flaw in the original book that I'm glad is being corrected. There were flaws in the episode execution and Lukes character in general. (The writers really haven't given him much characterization) It does feel like a bit of a missed opportunity but the basic idea of focusing on another character wasn't the problem. Mostly the issue was them not wanting to commit to actually showing us anything about Luke or the greater world in which Gilead takes place.
  11. I'm actually surprised they aren't drugging the hell of the Handmaids just generally to keep them compliant. Opiods have low risk of birth defects and low doses would be a very effective way to keep the handmaids "happy" and dependent on the state. I wonder if its not a result of supply issues as well. Gilead does seem to have issues with getting imports.
  12. Serena Joy mentions these are the children born in the district. So I would assume that is only the children born in a certain area. How big the district is is anyone's guess at this point.
  13. Something to note about using fertility treatments opposed to handmaids is that sex still has a higher success rate than anything else. So I can see if things got desperate that they might see handmaids as a solution instead of IVF.
  14. Yeah I think that's half the reason I find Tom and Barbara so boring. That and Barbara is boring in general which is a much bigger sin for an tv character IMO. Frankly I hope Tom talks her out of working so we see less of her. I kinda hope we see Patsy and Delia outed next season too. I don't think they would get universal support though and I think it would be a more interesting story if the didn't. For instance Trixie would be supportive but I don't know about Barbara (Shes such a mousy thing actually having an opinion would make a nice change) especially since Tom's job basically requires he doesn't at this time. It could be a great conflict and it bothers me when period shows include LGBTQ characters but skate over the very real hardships they faced. Realistically if they were outed Delia and Patsy would lose their home and jobs and would have to pack up and start over somewhere else. Probably somewhere quite far away. I can see Sister Juliene be conflicted about them, much like she is about the pill. She loves them and wants them to be happy but she would have trouble getting her head around the idea that what they're doing is wrong in the eyes of the church. I think you would be surprised about that. Nonnatus House itself might disappear but that's more due to a lack of nuns then patients. The clinic and district nursing still exist in some form today. The Baby Boom slows down so their not a s busy but even with more hospital births they still do baby well checks and home health checks. Shelagh and Patrick's grandkids could still be running a clinic not that different from the one they do. Also given her vehemence about Birth Control I wonder if Valerie's secret isn't that shes a lesbian but rather is contraception or even abortion related. Giving out that sort of information outside of the family planning clinics was illegal at that time. I think that would be less contrived and potentially more interesting than another lesbian at Nonnatus. I would love for Valerie to be more of a sixties child who burns her bra and fights for womens lib.
  15. All things considered I wonder if the colonies are really as bad as they are made out to be. The only information about them comes from the Aunts and the Commanders which makes it suspect to me. It could be just propaganda for all we actually know. Like how District 13 was supposed to be irradiated rubble in the Hunger Games. Perhaps will see that in the next season. Yeah I suspect if Fred could easily arrange a tragic "accident" for Serena Joy and get a new wife if he truly wanted to. Divorce might not be legal but I suspect a widower would be encouraged to move on. The other thing to remember about using Nick as a sperm donor is that June is quite fair. I can someone who doesn't pay much attention to biology might think that their child might pass as the commanders. Also that is an advantage of not knowing anything about June as well. Serena Joy could easily blame any Asian traits on June's background. She could say June had a Japanese grandmother or something like that and Fred would have a hard time arguing with her.