performance | Yvonne Strahovski
Width | The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode | “barren land(October 19, 2022)
performance | Regardless of whether you love, hate, or love Serena Joey-Waterford, one thing is undeniable: Yvonne Strahovski is extremely good at this role. Five seasons in, namely resident Finding new ways to spoil us emotionally is a difficult and complicated part. Praise! Let’s talk about this week’s episode, shall we?
Strahovski put on a adorable all-round show, which began with the ousted founder of Gilad going into labor with her first child. Serena’s desperation, both physical and emotional, was evident in all of Strahovski’s choices: the sullen grumbling as the contractions intensified, the desperation she kept her weapon training with in June as it wiggled, the steely in her voice as she refused to go to a hospital—even if it meant enduring one of the most intense operations of her life. Life is painful in an abandoned barn.
This pain broke Serena emotionally, allowing Strahovski to play up the human aspects of her highly obnoxious character. As an audience, we were there with June; One moment she’s basking in the mighty love that flowed from Serena to her newborn son, Strahovski’s faint smile is a thing of beauty, and the next day she hates for comparing her standing with the Wheelers to that of June in Gilead. (We know Serena was exhausted, but how dumb was one person?!)
Want to go back to a moment of television perfection? Recall the moment Serena suggests that June take little Noah and give him a better life than she can give. Strahovski’s eyes well with tears as Serena calmly explains her seriously not-so-good prospects. You know what overflows? Our admiration for how beautiful this actress can play on our sympathies And the Our contempt, sometimes within minutes. We’re still not sure how we feel about Serena these days, but Strahovski? she’s amazing.
honorary | To remind us all why she is a legend, she deserves recognition Marla Gibbs It turned out to be quite a heartbreaking performance on Thursday instinct anatomy, first by introducing us to the feisty and funny woman who was Simone’s grandmother before, and then by showing the confused and frightened older she had turned into dementia. As soon as Simone gently explained to her grandmother that she was not her mother, her mother died, Gibbs changed her whole demeanor, her face writhing in anger and hard to witness a lack of understanding. “Somebody help,” Joyce cried, unable to believe what she was told. “Bravo,” the audience shouted, was thrown back in by the 91-year-old TV icon who had been killing for five decades.
honorary | Comedy can come from the strangest places, and this week Documentary now! Found in the rugged mountains of Russia, thanks to the funny duo Alexander Skarsgard And the August Diehl. Skarsgård played a German film director in the 1980s making a documentary about the Outback — while also filming a pilot for the CBS sitcom there called Bachelor’s degree nanny. The intensity of Skarsgard’s trademark intensity fully contributed to the comedy, as the director’s noble artistic ambitions pushed him to absurd extremes. And the fun only doubled when Diehl entered as an avant-garde comedian who violently clashed with Skarsgård’s director – when he deemed his accommodations inadequate, he carried a knife to the director’s throat – bringing mad energy to an already wild episode. Documentary now! It’s always been a treasure trove of little acting gems, and with Skarsgård and Diehl’s super silly double acting, Season 4 is off to a great start.
honorary | Andor‘s Fiona Show We had the feeling of Cas All Stuff as Marfa rejected her son’s offer to skip town, instead of taking the good fight over Ferix. For one, we were crushed To hear how for 13 years Marfa avoided the part of town where Clem’s husband was hanged by imperial troops. But after learning of the Danny Garrison’s daring raid, “I put on my best overcoat and walked across the field with a smile on my face!” She shared, the inspiration because she is now “sticking it here” on Ferrix. Then when an acquaintance pointed out that Cas had a “different path” ahead of him, your heart was It was To puff out as Xu looked at Diego Luna with loving eyes. “I’ve never loved anything the way I have loved you,” Marfa said. “But you can’t stay. And I can’t go.” Suffice to say, Shaw made us sad to see mom and son separated from each other.
Which performance(s) knocked for you socks off this week? Tell us in the comments!