Some years I’m more excited about the Emmy’s than other years. This year I was really looking forward to them because I had watched a fair amount of the series that were up for awards.
I devoured The Handmaid’s Tale! Yes, it was a bit dark, but it certainly gives one something to ponder in light of our current political climate. I had not read Margaret Atwood’s book so I didn’t know too much about the plot. Here’s the synopsis from google, in case you’re not familiar with it.
Plot Overview. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
These handmaids are NOT doing this by choice and that becomes the major part of the story. All rights for women have been taken away. It’s a powerful, thought-provoking story. It made me angry, sad, apprehensive and I was constantly rooting for Elizabeth Moss, the main character of Offred.
So I was thrilled the show got best picture, Moss captured best actress and I believe it won six other Emmy’s. If anything, it only impressed on me even more the importance of staying involved, speaking up, protecting our First Amendment rights and never, EVER, taking our democracy for granted! Needless to say, I’m anxiously waiting for season two.
The other show that took a fair amount of awards was Big Little Lies. Based on the novel by Lianne Moriarty, the Australian author. I had read a couple of her other books and loved them, but not this one. I thought the first episode was so so. However, a friend on Facebook had finished the first season and raved about it. So I decided to go back and give it a chance. I’m so glad I did! It was wonderful and done with intelligence, understanding and compassion covering the difficult topic of domestic abuse. It also was a testament to friendship. Women supporting women. And the difficulties of motherhood. And the final episode of season one was simply jaw dropping! I had to stop knitting and just watch. I won’t give a spoiler here. But as a writer myself, I thought that part of the plot was brilliant. So I’m also looking forward to season two of this series.
And Game of Thrones…………it wasn’t eligible for any awards this year but I guess it took quite a few last year. Like many things, I came to the party late. It’s been on for seven seasons and until a couple of months ago, I hadn’t watched any of it. But my BFF, Alice, told me she had started to watch it. I truly did not think it was my kind of show. OH! Was I ever wrong! Just proves I don’t know myself as much as I think I do! I was hooked immediately after the first episode. Jon Snow (who could resist him!) the evil Cersei, the tough and spirited Ayra Stark, and my favorite, due to both her compassion and strength, Daenerys. I loved Bran and the Weirwood Tree. And my favorite male character, without a doubt, is Tyrion. They’re all good. They really are. But some touched me more than others. So I’m now all caught up and finished watching season 7 a couple of weeks ago. Now the wait begins for season 8. Sadly, it will be the finale season. (Sigh) But, all good things must come to an end, I guess.
That’s it for this time. See you here again soon……………..