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What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Eagle Huntress’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’


Aisholpan in “The Eagle Huntress.”

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A Mongolian teenager tries to break barriers in her nomadic tribe in Otto Bell’s soaring documentary, “The Eagle Huntress.” And Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” reaches a dark conclusion.

What’s on TV

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS (2016) 9 p.m. on Starz. Aisholpan, 13, tries to become the first girl from her nomadic Mongolian culture to learn to hunt with a trained eagle, with the coaching of her father, Nurgaiv, and despite the disapproval of some tribal elders. This Otto Bell documentary soars alongside Aisholpan as she plucks an eaglet from a nest and teaches it to obey her directions — after which she becomes the youngest and only female contestant among 70 hunters on horseback at an annual eagle festival. “The story is a simple and appealing fable of indomitability and father-daughter companionship,” A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times. “In form and content, then, this is a movie that expands your sense of what is possible. A girl can hunt with an eagle. A camera can fly.” And sometimes, he added, it all seems a little too smooth and easy. “Viewers jaded by daily doses of digital dazzlement might not fully register the reality of the wonders they are witnessing. But that doesn’t, in the end, make ‘The Eagle Huntress’ any less wonderful.”

CELTICS/LAKERS: BEST OF ENEMIES 8 p.m. on ESPN. Thirty years after the Boston Celtics met the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1987 N.B.A. finals, “30 for 30” chronicles that basketball rivalry and its lasting effect on the league. The conclusion of this three-part documentary follows the teams from 1985 to 1987, as disdain gradually turns to respect. Donnie Wahlberg narrates for the Celtics, and Ice Cube for the Lakers.


Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

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MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (2015) 8 p.m. on Syfy. This George Miller reboot landed on Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott’s list of “The 25 Best Films in the 21st Century So Far,” and it’s easy to see why. It has Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, a tyrant who scorches a death’s-head insignia onto the people he owns; Tom Hardy as Max, a “blood bag” kept alive for transfusions; and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, a rebel with a prosthetic arm and a souped-up truck full of the women Joe keeps for breeding. And he wants them back. “It’s all great fun, and quite rousing as well — a large-scale genre movie that is at once unpretentious and unafraid to bring home a message,” Mr. Scott wrote in The Times.

THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS 9 p.m. on Showtime. Night 3 of Oliver Stone’s four-part interview with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

FARGO 10 p.m. on FX. A heartbroken Emmit sits down with Gloria, while Nikki negotiates a deal.

What’s Streaming


Elisabeth Moss and Max Minghella in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE on Hulu. The season ends as Serena Joy confronts Offred (Elisabeth Moss) about her relationship with the Commander, and then gives him an ultimatum. Offred’s life, meanwhile, is complicated further by a couple of revelations that go hand in hand — and that lead to unexpected behavior when she is confronted with a brutal task.

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