If the overall grim dystopia of “The Handmaid’s Tale” wasn’t already frightening enough, the start of season two may feel downright chilling for Boston viewers.
In the first two episodes of the new season, both released on Wednesday on Hulu, Boston landmarks are reimagined as they would appear in the totalitarian, theocratic Republic of Gilead.
The season’s inaugural episode almost immediately begins at Fenway Park.
A mass of handmaids is thrust into the center of the obviously abandoned ballpark’s weeding lawn, the stadium lights bright enough to illuminate the Green Monster. The lights also shine upon a long row of nooses.
*watches 10 minutes of THE HANDMAID’S TALE season 2*
*never sets foot near Fenway Park again for any reason*
— Catherine Thompson (@KT_thomps) April 26, 2018
As a fan of great television, I very much liked the season premiere of THE HANDMAID'S TALE, but as a fan of the Boston Red Sox, I'm not too thrilled about it permanently ruining my image of Fenway Park. #TheHandmaidsTale
— Jeremy Beck (@MovieManifesto) April 25, 2018
Episode two finds June (Offred) in a local safe house: The Boston Globe‘s former Morrissey Boulevard headquarters in Dorchester. She roams the offices and printing presses of the deserted building, watches “Friends,” and creates a memorial out of cubicle decorations — assorted postcards, candles, a Red Sox hat, and a Boston Globe mug.
FYI: The cubicles look a lot like how they did when the Globe staff was there, despite Hulu never shooting in the building.
The second episode also shows a mobbed Logan Airport, full of ICE agents and passengers attempting to flee the country.