Elisabeth Moss Leads The Resistance In Powerful New Superbowl Trailer For ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Dystopia now

While we're reluctant to say that there's any television show we really need right now, since, it's kind of the fault of a television show (ahem, The Apprentice) that we're in the awful mess we're currently in. But we also want to believe that TV can be used for good and not just evil. And helping us along in this belief is the newest trailer for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, set to be released as a Super Bowl commercial this Sunday.

The new show is based on Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel and stars Elisabeth Moss as Offred, the narrator of the book, who's been forced into sexual slavery by a fascist, radically religious, anti-woman political regime, which values nothing more than strengthening its own power and silencing any and all dissidents.

Any questions about why this might be a TV show we want to watch right now? Didn't think so.

In this new trailer, Moss is shown first in happier, pre-dystopian times (so, like, before November 9, 2016), but is soon yanked away from the life she knew and forced to comply with the type of leaders who say things like, "We only wanted to make the world better... Better never means better for everyone."

Talk about alternative facts. 

But, as is hopefully the case for real life as well as on-screen, resistance comes thanks to subjugated women banding together; the fierce glare Samira Wiley gives the camera gave us an undeniable tremor of hope. And Moss' voice rings out clear and strong at the end of the trailer: "My name is Offred, and I intend to survive."

It's a sentiment to which we can only say: same.

The Handmaid's Tale premieres on Hulu on April 25.