Today’s entertainment can sometimes have a lot in common with Batman from The Lego Movie: “I only work in black,” he says, “and sometimes, very, very dark gray.”
Much of the entertainment landscape today can feel pretty dark, too. We were reminded of that with Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which wrapped up its fourth season last night. The show takes viewers into a bleak, dystopian future where women are treated as property, and a horrific theocracy (built on a twisted version of Scripture) rules the land. And while it’s one of entertainment’s most critically acclaimed dystopian tales, The Handmaid’s Tale hardly stands alone.
To quote yet another movie character—Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind—tomorrow is another day. But these days, we tend to tack on something to the end of the sentence: Tomorrow is another day, and it’ll be much, much worse. We look to the future and see wafers made of people and planets of the apes; Katniss Everdeen competing in a lethal reality show and Mad Max racing through wastelands in search of gas and water.
Why are we so fascinated by dystopian stories? That’s what we tackle today on The Plugged In Show. We can’t promise that we’ll engage in a battle royale over scarce resources, but we can guarantee a lively conversation—and, hopefully, a few thoughts that might get you thinking, too. And if you care to check out anything we talked about on the show, here’s the links to follow along.
- Gift of Any Amount Offer: Burning Bush 2.0 by Paul Asay
- See Life 2021 Event: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/see-life/
- Plugged In Review: The Planet of the Apes
- Plugged In Review: The Hunger Games
- Plugged In Review: Divergent
- Plugged In Review: The Handmaid’s Tale
- Plugged In Review: Maze Runner
- Plugged In Review: Snowpiercer
- Plugged In Blog: Vodcast: “God in The Handmaid’s Tale”
- Plugged In Review: The Handmaid’s Tale (book)
- Plugged In Review: Falling Skies
- Plugged In Review: The Walking Dead
- Plugged In Review: The Book of Eli
- Plugged In Review: The Mist