THE PURGE TV Throws a “Hail Mary” S2E8 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Nine, “Hail Mary”
Written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera
Directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Nine, “Hail Mary”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Marcus (Derek Luke) and Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) and Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler) and Andre (Damien D. Smith) prepare for a visit from the Homeowners Purge Association, led by Clint (Dave Maldonado).

*Ryan (Max Martini), Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) head over to the imaginatively named “City Park”, hell-bent on saving Tommy from a Purge Night execution.

*Esme (Paola Nuñez) joins up with an all-female cybercrime crew to infiltrate the NFFA Surveillance Center.

*Ben (Joel Allen) continues his Purge Night reign of terror.

EPISODE NOTES

*The significance of the Hail Mary as a prayer of the Catholic Church was covered in the Deep Dive for S2E5, “House of Mirrors“. It’s also a last-minute, desperate, last-chance pass play in American football.

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Nothing says “I Love My Country” like an NFFA license plate.

Teaser Tidbits

*This week’s teaser begins with “Ms. Lorelei’s Corner”, a bit of NFFA propaganda (notice the small NFFA seal in the lower left-hand corner), disguised as a “Mr. Rogers meets Pee Wee’s Playhouse in the Twilight Zone” children’s programming.

*The Lorelei of myth lured sailors to their death with her seductive cries; hence the term “siren song“.

*One of the children being indoctrinated – a young Ben Gardner (Carson Minniear), watches in his living room while playing with 50’s-esque toy robots.

*Ms. Lorelei (Mary K. DeVault) starts by explaing that because “Worries can be hard to talk about“, the Purge “helps people get their worries out“, and gives their parents the “freedom to accomplish things they never thought possible!

*Lorelei’s costume – a demented neon-hued funhouse combination of red, white, and blue, along with deliberately harsh makeup – contrasts with the children’s pastel-toned Sunday School best outfits.

*A young girl named Zoe (Emily Criss Rives) asks if it’s ok to kill on Purge. Would something bad happen to her and her brother?

*Lorelei assures Zoe “you and your brother will be perfectly safe”.

*How does Lorelei know this? According to showrunners Krystal Houghton Ziv and James Roland, Purge creator set a few ground rules for the series. One of them setting 18 as the minimum age to participate in the Purge.

*Maybe the NFFA doesn’t need fancy subliminal mind control to indoctrinate the youth of America; just parent’s reliance on television as an electronic babysitter.

* Instead of the Pledge of Allegiance, Ms. Lorelei’s Corner ends with the NFFA Pledge; “Blessed be America, a nation reborn!

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As much as I admire Ryan’s plan, it seems overly complicated.

Marcus and Michelle Host the Neighborhood Purge Committee Home Invasion

*Clint (Dave Maldonado) uses his big old pickup truck to tear the security screen off the Moore’s front door. WHILE MARCUS AND HIS GROUP JUST STAND IN THE FRONT HALL WATCHING.

*It seems puzzling that the group is just waiting for their neighbors to barge in instead of taking defensive positions.

*As the home invasion begins, Marcus turns to Michelle, “Promise me we won’t turn into them.”

*Turns out April Tucker (Susan G. Whittle) didn’t tell husband Sam (Jay Ali) that she Purged in college.

*Clint brought some Molotov Cocktails to “smoke out” and/or burn alive everyone in the Moore house.

*How could any company advertise their homes as “fireproof” – wouldn’t “fire-resistant” be as far as they’d go? They’d still be liable for any off-Purge fire damage caused by their falsely advertised product.

*Clint sneers at Sam’s objection to burning down the Moore’s house, calling him a “bleeding heart“.

*Since Sam gets a nasty laceration in the upper chest area when another front door security screen descends on him, it’s a fitting putdown.

*We see a bit of Marcus’s plan when he won’t Purge Sam. He had to once, and “that shit sticks with you“. Marcus insists there “has to be another way”.

*After Sam gives up Clint’s plan, Marcus swaps Sam for Clint and sits Clint down in for heart to heart to heart/man to man talk, complete with cliches including “get past this”, “violence doesn’t solve anything”, “clean slate”, and “Purging was supposed to make me feel better“.

*We find out why the resolution feels false when Clint pulls out a knife Andre’s (Damien D. Smith) pat-down/frisk missed and stabs Michelle in the chest.

*Michelle’s lung’s collapsed and she’ll die without medical care including a dedicated ”air valve”

*Good for his wife Marcus knows the location of a Purge triage center; he’s asked every year to help – and has always refused.

*Marcus takes Clint’s keys and sets out with Michelle, Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler), and Andre, leaving Clint to the dubious mercy of his former lynch mob.

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Wonder if the DAR got outlawed by the NFFA, or they “voluntarily” changed their name?

Esme’s Lonely Road to Revenge

*Although Skye’s (Tyner Rushing) Secret Hacker Lair doesn’t require a secret knock, the door does have a sliding peephole – just like an old-time speakeasy.

*Is this hacker group “The Foundation”, or just allied with them?

*FINALLY we see people using Purge Night to commit some white-collar cybercrime, including revenge porn blackmail, hacking into a Bitcoin/Cryptocurrency site, and other electronic crimes.

*Even underground hackers have to keep their “event logs” current.

*Skye’s team created a “deepfake” version of Esme to lure NFFA security away from the headquarters so Esme can sneak in.

*Is Esme’s plan any more specific than a Wikileaks-type information dump?

*Skye notes the holographic version of Tupac she saw “live” in Tokyo isn’t as realistic as Esme’s deepfake. This is not far from reality, or the 2002 movie S1m0ne.

*Esme survives a crash that (apparently) kills Skye to make it back to her old job, activate the backup jammer Sara prepared, and make it into the building while the system reboots.

*During any power outages, NFFA personnel are asked to “Please proceed to the nearest safe room”.

*Esme’s plan to meet up with Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) is delayed by a very long access ladder.

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Getting ready for the canned hunt on Purge Night.

I Sure Hope This is Ben’s Last Purge Night, but …

* Ben (Joel Allen) ignores Turner’s (Matt Shively) pleas to let Scott (Peyton Wich) go.

*Ben offers Turner has two “choices” that are not choices at all; either Turner will “pop his cherry” and kill Scott, or Turner and Scott will both die

*Beb duct-tapes machete-like blade in Turner’s hands, then forces Turner to plunge the knife into Scott’s chest.

*Going with the losing virginity theme, Ben’s  reaction is almost orgasmic,

*After Turner loses his innocence, Ben turns buddy-buddy and offers Turner glass of water to “stay hydrated”. They need to prepare for hunting.

*Turner may be terrified and disgusted with himself, but he does have the wherewithal to distract Ben by requesting a mak asks for a mask, then escaping the house.

*Ben follows; both encounter a “Purge Night Tours” bus, girls partying on the roof, a Purge Night version of a Mardi Gras parade float.

*Ben’s taunting call of Turner’s name – reminded me of “Warriors, come out and plaaaay” from Walter Hills 1979 movie The Warriors.

*B follows Turner into a New Orleans cemetery, with it’s famous raised burial plots, before being surrounded by a gang of Purgers wearing “his” God mask.

**I thought I heard a bell tolling 6 times in this scene, indicating one hour remaining in the Purge; yet a later scene display reads “4 hours Until End of Purge”?

*Plot threads converge when Ben escapes cemetery, only to be hit by Andre/Marcus/Tonya/Michelle’s truck. Oh, the irony – just like his late girlfriend Kelen (Danika Yarosh)!

*If Ben ends up surving Purge Night because Marcus decided to take him to the triage center, I will be very displeased, Show!

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Purge Night gives “working on the chain gang” a whole new, and chilling, meaning.

The Ryan Gets the Robbery Gang Back Together

*Ryan, Sara,  and Doug join a festive crowd assembled at City Park, participants in canned hunt sponsored by the Daughters of the New Founding Fathers of America.

*As the Purge Night bus pulls into “The Most  Dangerous Game” Field (oh, pardon me, I  mean “City Park”) Jimmy  (Jonathan Medina)  convinces a few fellow prisoners to adopt “Gladiator” strategy, i.e. stick together in an organized cohort to increase chances of surviving a rigged game.

*“Daughters of the NFFA” is a pretty obvious spoof of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1939 the DAR refused to allow African-American opera singer Marian Anderson to sing at their Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. She later performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

*Accompanied by Vivaldi-esque music, waitstaff provides each guest with “weapons used by our ancesestors”; Revolutionary  War-era Flintlock rifles, compound bows,, and hunting knives.

*Ryan and crew do such a bad job blending in,, it’s easy for Silas Barker (J.D.  Evermore) to spot the trio who tried (he thinks) to rob his McMansion.

*Jimmy and his band are freed fairly easy by Ryan, Sara, and Doug.

*The homoerotic tone of the episode continues with Ryan and Jimmy’s suggestive, jokey banter, from Jimmy’s surprised “F*ck Me!” and Ryan’s “No, thanks” capped with Sara’s “Get a room.”

*Since Silas broke the rules of the hunt and kept a modern weapon – a tranquilizer gun that he promptly uses to immobilize Ryan.

*For some reason, Silas decides on the spur of the moment, to bury Ryan alive, a plot point that, for me, came across as silly and contrived.

*In the hours remaining, the reconstituted Ryan Grant Robbery Crew resolves to rob the Jackals who took the bank’s money from the airstrip last epsiode. Then Ryan, who also killed one of Ziv’s goons before Purge last week, needs to get out of the country.

*How would anyone else but Ryan know if he killed someone pre-Purge? Is this like the Hunger Games, where everyone has a tracker monitoring their vital signs?

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I see The Warriors cosplayers are out on this Purge Night!

The Purge Season Two, Episode Ten “7:01am” airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

Ethan Hawke Returns to Purge in The Purge TV Season Two Finale “7:01am”

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Ten “7:01am”
Written by Nick Zigler and Krystal Houghton Ziv
Directed by Tim Andrew
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Exciting news for fans of The Purge Universe came out yesterday. Per NBC/Universal,

Ethan Hawke, star of 2013’s “The Purge,” is back as James Sandin in the second season finale of USA’s THE PURGE. James Sandin is the security system salesman the original film follows as he tries to protect his family from home invaders during a purge night gone wrong.
James is featured in the finale’s cold open, which flashes back to one week before the first national purge and the first time his high-tech security system is tested.
Titled “7:01 AM,” the finale picks up as purge night rages on and Esme, Ryan, Marcus and Ben fight for their lives and their loved ones. It will air Tuesday, December 17 at 9/8C on USA Network.

The Purge Season Two, Episode Ten “7:01am” airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV S2E8 – What Happens “Before the Sirens”? – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Eight, “Before the Sirens”
Written by James Roland and Lindsey Villarreal
Directed by Patrick Lussier
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Eight, “Before the Sirens”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Marcus (Derek Luke) & Michelle (Rochelle Aytes), & Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler) & Andre (Damien D. Smith) make sure Darren is safe, then prepare for the Purge Night Homeowner’s Association Home Invasion.

*The Ryan Grant (Max Martini) Robbery/Revenge Against the NFFA Crew set their Purge Night Heist in motion – with a few twists.

*Ben (Joel Allen) goes full Travis Bickle and stars in a Purge Night version of The House on Sorority Row Meets Black Christmas.

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Ryan (Max Martini) has plans within plans within plans.

EPISODE NOTES

*Episode director Patrick Lussier has quite a resume in the horror genre, most notably with the My Bloody Valentine remake and The Poughkeepsie Tapes (both 2009). He’s also set to work with Purge guest star Dermot Mulroney in a horror thriller called Trick.

Teaser Tidbits

*The episode begins “twelve hours until the Annual Purge”.

*A trio of giggly teenage girls – Mia (Lacy Ann Hartselle), Lily (Raquel Ascension), and Scarlett (Alexa Ketchum) – play dress-up while listening to “This Baby Don’t Cry” by K. Flay (Thanks for making it easy to look up a song, Show!).

*Along with the pink tulle skirts, rhinestone-encrusted stiletto boots, bracelets, neck collars, belts and headbands festooned with lethally sharp spikes, this Girls Purge Night Out arsenal includes a barbed-wire bat, serrated-edge knives, and a chrome triple-headed flail (which may not have existed).

*If Mia’s Dad (Jason Bayle) looks familiar, that because you may have seen him as Tree’s Dad in the Happy Death Day movies, both of which were filmed in New Orleans.

*The frat bros watch the girl’s “Purge Confession” on TikTok, with “Purge!” replacing the traditional “Say Cheese”. The TikTok app has run into a fair amount of controversy lately, due it’s perceived ties to the Chinese government, and the potential to be used to monitor citizens.

The Great Purge Caper with the Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Ryan (Max Martini) and Esme (Paola Nuñez) both know Esme’s planning something, and both know she’s not going to tell Ryan what it is.

*The crew honors Tommy (Jonathan Medina) with their time-honored pre-heist ritual,  a combination of corporate trust-building exercise, an athlete’s pregame ritual and the knife game between Bishop & Hudson in Aliens (1986, Dir. James Cameron).

*Over at NFFA Snoop Central, Curtis (Connor Trinneer) tells Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger), “This year’s tracking to be the largest Purge we’ve seen.”

*Esme calls Vivian on their burner phone system. She needs Vivian to trigger a false tag on Esme, just far enough away from the airstrip, and just soon enough before the Purge starts to draw away NFFA security block access to the planes (and the money on the planes).

*3 Hours to Annual Purge

*Vivian passes an NFFA (military ?) recruitment poster on her way to meet Esme and Ryan.

*Esme sure likes saying Ryan is a “good person”; she told Vivian exactly what she told Ryan.

*According to Esme, Ryan knows she is working with “The Foundation” hackers, but Esme has not told her lover what the “endgame” is; Ryan would try to stop her if he knew.

*There’s more eye imagery in the graffiti in the alley. In the main image above, the eye is crossed out. I didn’t see that on the eye Vivian passes on her way out of the alley.

*Is “Stay Safe” the new “I Love You” in the Purge Universe?

*I wish we’d seen a little more of Vivian’s decision to betray the NFFA. She knows the consequences, that Curtis is watching her. Did anything else, besides her admiration for Esme and an innate sense of right and wrong, prompt her choice?

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“Yeah, sure, we’re just dropping off a casserole at your Mom’s house – after I BREAK YOUR ARM”

*30 Minutes to Annual Purge

*Ryan glances at his trusty “Minutes to Annual Purge” app on his smartwatch, sets off the jamming device early, and (improbably) dispatches one of Ziv’s goons (Jason Dowies) via open passenger-side door collision with a truck – without losing control of his car.

*Now we see the long con Ryan’s been planning since before he gave Tommy a copy of The Count of Monte Cristo back in Episode Four, “Grief Box“.

*Ryan arranged for the Jackals, driving “Eastin Security” trucks we saw in Episode Two, “Everything Is Fine“, to drive up to the now useless planes, take out Ziv and her entire security team, and take the money.

*For Ryan, Sarah (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell), getting a cut of the heist money is important, but not nearly as important as breaking Tommy out of NFFA custody before he’s murdered on Purge Night.

*At the episode’s end, Ryan, Sarah, and Doug follow a blue Purge Prisoner Bus in their souped-up Humvee. Tommy sees them waiting on the other side of the road, and takes a window seat. Did Ryan fill him in on the plan somewhere in that copy of Monte Cristo?

*Esme drives a motorcycle past a digital billboard offering a $500,000.00 reward for the apprehension of “Esmerelda Carmona, Domestic Terrorist, Dead or Alive”. Citizens are asked to call the New Orleans NFFA Behavioral Crimes Unit at 555-0199 with any information.

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At least almost getting Purged brought Marcus closer to his extended family!

Marcus, Michelle & Darren – Tough Love & the Power of Family

*I haven’t seen anything on possible symbolism of the necklace we’ve seen Darren (Denzel Whitaker) wearing throughout the season. But would we see it in practically every scene Darren’s in if it didn’t have some significance?

*Darren tells Marcus (Derek Luke) that, because the NFFA made him wear a wire to “betray” Esme, maybe he deserves to be Purged.

*Marcus’s response illuminates his continuing political awakening. He tells Darren, “It was the system that betrayed us,” a system that expects citizens to obey laws except for 12 hours a year. Who does that serve?  “Not you, not me, that’s for damn sure.

*Darren thinks Marcus is taking him to spend Purge Night with his mother Tonya (Devyn A. Tyler) and Andre (Damien D. Smith).

*Instead, Marcus breaks Darren’s arm with a GIGANTIC wrench. Hospitals are off-limits during Purge, even to the NFFA; but only a “real injury” would get Darren admitted.

*Surprise! Tonya is in on “Operation Maim Darren for His Own Good” plan; she invites Marcus and Michelle to spend Purge Night at her house.

*A Prytania Security Solutions (“Your Solution for Purge Security”) van is parked on the street outside Tonya’s home. There is a Prytania Street in New Orleans that is home to a historic theater – but no security company I could find.

*Was “Sushi Bonanza” the “nasty” restaurant Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) and Marcus went to for their first date. Tonight, they enjoy high-end sushi, saki, and some clearing the air over their (possible) “last meal”.

*Michelle and Marcus still have a lot to learn and appreciate about each other, if they survive. Marcus remarks on Michelle’s new sense of humor; she replies, “I’ve always been funny.”

*This exchange set off a warning light for me. Many times, a series character (or couple) who resolve their family/mommy or daddy/relationship issues have a higher risk of dying before the last episode.  Watch a couple seasons of LOST to see this theory in action.

*Just as the Purge announcement blares from the television, Tonya and Andre join Marcus and Michelle, because “family has to stick together”. Tonya wishes she’d reached out sooner. NFFA may be a dystopian hellhole, but Marcus, Tonya, Michelle, and Andre are a great extended/blended family.

*As the sirens fade, the bounty on Marcus vanishes from Ivory Road, just as the neighbors led by Clint (David Maldonado) arrive to finish the job themselves.

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Let’s hope Vivian is actually trustworthy.

Ben: The Purge Is Coming from Inside the Fraternity House!

*Over at “Chateau Awesome”, Turner’s (Matt Shively) fraternity brothers are more interested in drinking than Purge preparation. They’re also very nervous about spending Purge Night with Ben.

*Scott (Peyton Wich), among others, warns Turner that Ben’s been acting “weirder than weird” lately. Turner channels Captian Oblivious, excusing Ben’s increasingly odd behavior as the effect of seeing so much off-Purge death.

*Ben emulates Travis Bickle coiffure in Taxi Driver, shaving his head while listening to (what sounds like) Death Metal.

*Turner accidentally on purpose snoops in Ben’s room and find finds Ben’s Notebook of Death. Among the drawings of skulls, knives, and bleeding animals heads there’s an image of Andy Tran (Lawrence Kao) bleeding out in the dorm elevator.

*Did Ben see that image later on TV? Was it described to him by someone? Since we know Ben was on another floor when Andy’s body was found, how could Ben see it firsthand? Maybe he snuck downstairs and peered through the CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS tape.

*LOVE the wacked-out, 1790’s era, Pedro Friedberg designed pop-art hand chair in Ben’s room.

*Turner’s attempt at an intervention goes spectacularly off course and ends with Ben (supposedly) locked out of the house and Turner in possession of the crossbow.

*Weird. Turner calls 911 and gets an automated message: “Police and Emergency services are suspended in anticipation of the annual Purge”. When is the cutoff time?

*Ben’s souped-up crossbow features the word “dagger” etched on the side, possibly indicating it’s a “Mission MXB Dagger” model from Mission Crossbows. According to this review, it’s good for “Small Game, Deer, Elk Hunting, Moose, Bear Hunting, Target Shooting”, and in the Purge Universe, People.

*Now locked in the house, frat brother Scott is the first to follow the Horror Movie Protocol, including “Let’s Spit Up and Die” and “Picked Off One by One” as this storyline transforms into the Purge version of Black Christmas meets And Then There Were None.

*Scott finds the second-floor windows unsecured, then, in true Slasher movie tradition, find Ben Right Behind Him.

*Turner looks for Scott, gets chocked unconscious by Ben, then awakens to find himself and Scott downstairs. They’re bound and gagged on the couch, watching frat brothers Zane (Camron Jones) and Jacob (Spencer Rayshon Stevenson) playing a deadly game of Beer Pong.

*Ben shoots Jacob in the chest (right through the yellow Dixie/Solo cup!), and slits Zane’s throat in front of Scott and Turner.

*This triggers Turner’s “Apologize and Run” instinct. He blurts “Sorry” to Scott, repeating his apology when he abandoned Ben. Ben easily catches his fleeing prey.

*Instead of killing Turner, Ben smiles and says, “I have a better idea”. I don’t think this idea is better for Turner’s odds of surviving Purge Night.

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Hope Andre and Tonya have some Kevlar vests in that duffel bag.

The Purge Season Two, Episode Nine, “Hail Mary” airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV S2E7 “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Seven “Should I Stay or Should I Go”
Written by Nick zigler
Directed by Darren Grant
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Seven, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Kelen (Danika Yarosh) attempts to sneak back to campus sans Ben (Joel Allen), who graciously offers to drive her back. They hit the road!

*Marcus (Derek Luke), Michelle (Rochelle Aytes), and Darren Moore (Denzel Whitaker) find out why everyone wants to kill Marcus, then they hit the road!

*Esme’s (Paola Nuñez) and Ryan Grant (Max Martini) collect information on the Jackals gang from Episode One, then – wait for it – they hit the road!

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Ben Gardner, World’s Luckiest Serial Killer, sees someone’s been looking through his suitcase.

EPISODE NOTES

*The episode title refers to the classic, oft-covered and played in movies and commercials 1981 single by The Clash from their album Combat Rock. “Should I Stay or Should I Go” hit #1 on the UK charts – in 1991 when it featured in a commercial for Levi’s jeans.

Teaser Tidbits

*The Merrymakers Mask Co. sales meeting. Ian (Benjamin Nathan-Serio) demonstrates a Scarecrow-like burlap sack mask, featuring the popular “Michael Myers In Halloween Point of View” technique.

*Can’t tell if the mask’s mouth is sewn or stapled shut.

*Ian notes, “Visibility is excellent. Ventilation is greatly improved from last year.”

*Ian’s boss (Craig Welzbacher) likes that news, because “We don’t need another suffocation lawsuit. Thank God that happened on Purge.”

*Linda (Lindsey Pearlman) thinks the company should “Make a push for the LGBTQ market” Repurposed on old SKU, added spangles & LED lights in the rainbow flag colors.

*They use old inventory, look like they care, and of course, will give a portion of the proceeds to a “relevant charity”.

*Jimmy has an idea for the “Inspired by True Events” line – The Campus Killer mask. No ad budget = no problem. Since “Bad taste sells“, cable news will cover the outrage the mask generates and publicize it for Merrymakers.

*“The Merrymakers Mask Co.” Company logo is a Purge-specific variation on the comedy and tragedy masks from ancient Greek theater.

*Given the rich history of masks and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it’s not surprising this has become a booming industry under the NFFA.

*As the episode begins, it’s “116 Days to Purge Night“.

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So begins a Purge version of “a deadly game of cat and mouse”.

Road Trippin’ With Ryan and Esme!

*In an abandoned building, Esme (Paola Nuñez) logs into the NFFA network during the skeleton crew shift and downloads information on the Jackals gang we met way back in Episode One.

*Ryan (Max Martini) wonders why Esme chose to trust a former cop. “You walked away from a system that betrayed you,” and Max chose not to harm the bank guards during the robbery at 1st Parish Bank.

*At this point, Vivian appears to be the NFFA team player, busy tracking Esme’s location – 652 Longview.

*It doesn’t sound like Ryan wants the Jackals information for Purge Night revenge; I suspect he’s cooking up something involving a double-cross of Capt. Ziv and her crooked cops.

*Esme uses her analytical skills to help Ryan visualize where his mom might be, based on her history and behavior patterns.

*Ryan’s mom wanders away from the care facility. Ryan has to present his real id to the cops who find her, and Esme bails as they approach Ryan’s truck.

*Alice Grant (Geraldine Singer) wonders why her son isn’t in class. Ryan tells her, “School was dismissed” – agreeing with Alzheimer’s patients’ reality instead of trying to correct them.

*Esme, walking back to Ryan’s loft, sees flyers for car sale “72,000 miles, $8,200.00 OBO (or best offer) Contact Drew Adams 1-800-555-0140“.

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Esme sees Vivian’s car flyers – is Vivian helping? Or is she luring Esme out of hiding?

*Turns out Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) arranged to have those flyers posted along dead spots on Esme’s travel patterns. Why is Vivian helping/reaching out to  Esme?

*We do see Vivian asking (and getting no answers from) Curtis (Connor Trinneer) after pulling an all-nighter of keystroke analysis on Esme’s workstation before it was wiped.

*Is Vivian just as much a true believer as Curtis, but with a bedrock filled with ideas of “right and wrong” that don’t align with the NFFA?

*Interesting in the high-tech surveillance world of the NFFA, both Vivian and Esme use flip phones.

*Esme confesses to Ryan her role in sending Tommy (Doug Vargas) to jail. His fate, along with the deaths of Professor Adams and Olivia Hughes, compels her to stay.

*Of course, Ryan kicks Esme out. As she’s leaving, Esme thanks Ryan for sheltering her; instead of running and leaving someone else to sit at her desk, pushing the same buttons, she’s not going to stop until she can “blow up this whole f*cking thing”.

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It’s a Beautiful Day to Get Out of the Neighborhood.

Road Trippin’ With Marcus, Michelle, and Darren!

*This season’s long-plotted out revenge plot centers around Marcus.

*Five years ago, grumpy neighbor Clint (David Maldonado) took his wife to the ER at Bienville. There is a Bienville Street in New Orleans, along with a Bienville Medical Center (in Arcadia, Louisiana).

*Based on partly her respiratory distress, ER doctor Marcus diagnosed atrial fibrillation, proceed to shock her heart.

*Clint’s wife died. Marcus didn’t come out to tell Clint himself. And when Marcus and Michelle moved into the neighborhood, Marcus didn’t even recognize Clint, or remember the death of Clint’s wife.

*A neighbor notes, “You barely knew any of us.” Maybe Marcus shouldn’t have skipped all those boring Home Owner Association meetings.

*Clint owns a big pickup truck – just like the one that tried to run down Marcus back in Episode Three, “Blindspots“.

*Since Clint’s not a total jerk, the HOA will “consider” canceling the bounty on Marcus – if he and Michelle leave by midnight.

*An obviously distraught Darren (Denzel Whitaker) just happens to meet up with Marcus and Michelle outside their home.

*Why does Darren go to Marcus instead of his mom? Not willing to put her in danger?

*Darren isn’t allowed past the Louisiana/Mississippi border; he’s on a “no travel list”. Did the NFFA repeal Saenz v. Roe and the Constitution’s Privileges or Immunities Clause (Amendment XIV, Section 1, Clause 2)? Is this an NFFA version of the post 9-11 “No Fly List“?

*In telling the officer, “I’m reaching for it (ID) right now” Marcus is following advice from the ACLU, “DO keep your hands on the wheel and let the officer know what you are doing (saying) “I’m going to reach for my registration now.

*Marcus won’t abandon his son; the family turns around and returns home.

*Marcus, like Esme, reaches a point of clarity this episode. He realizes that there are guys like Clint everywhere, and “some of them are running this country.

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Hey, Clint has a big old pickup truck, just like the one that ran Marcus down!

Road Trippin With Ben and Kelen!

*Kelen (Danika Yarosh) can’t get a ride on her phone’s Uber/Lyft app, Economy or Premium.

*Her credit card number ends in 1121.

*Ben wakes and sees the suitcase has been gone through. He insists on being a Good Boyfriend and driving Kelen back to campus.

*From this point on, Kelen and Ben play a charade of each pretending not to know what the other person knows. What does Ben’s mom (Shelly Calene-Black) know? She’s so understanding of her son; does she know Ben has done, or at least what he is capable of?

*Ben again doesn’t realize that confessing to murder with phrases like “I felt better, I felt great” tends to freak people out.

*Kelen realizes she’s a hostage, tries to fake placate Ben for confiding in her,  lull him into trusting her.

*For all his deadpan demeanor, Ben plays with Kelen like a cat tormenting a mouse.

*He hands her a knife so she’ll feel “safe”, then takes her cell phone when then they stop for gas and a bathroom break.

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Kelen knows she’s trapped with a monster.

*Kelen scrawls a message on paper toweling, leaving it in a restroom. “HELP! I’ve been kidnapped by the Campus Killer. Green Subaru Southbound on 55

*Given how skeevy the restroom appeared, I don’t think depending on prompt restroom maintenance was the wisest course of action.

*Kelen denounces Ben as “sick”. She refuses to cut his arms and desperately attempts to escape after stabbing Ben in the leg. Kelen flees back to the highway, only to be flattened by an oncoming car.

*Ben reaches and crosses his Moral Event Horizon when he catches up to Kelen and kneels over her broken body. Kelen is mortally wounded, choking on her own blood. Ben makes a show (for himself?) of weeping over her body as he strangles her to death.

*In its moral bleakness and Ben’s affectation of weeping over Kelen as he murders her, this scene played like a cable-friendly variation on Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986).

*In effect, the Campus Killer is Ben’s true self, wearing a “Ben Gardner” mask. Oscar Wilde describes Ben’s story perfectly. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”

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The Campus Killer Formerly Known as Ben, walking amongst us.

*”Monster (Under My Bed)” by Call Me Karizma plays over the episode-ending montage. I first mis-heard the title as “Monster (Under My Back), which makes it even creepier.

Monster, monster under my bed
Come out and play cause I need a friend
You’re so damn close that I feel your breath
You’re the only one I have left

Feel you in my bones
Shiver up my spine
You’re a master of disguise
You show up when no one’s home
Are you real or just a lie
I can feel you in my mind
And my soul
But I love when you jump in
And help me feel something

 

The Purge Season Two, Episode Eight, “Before the Sirens” airs Dec.  at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV Has a Not-So “Happy Holidays” S2E6 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Six “Happy Holidays”
Written by Nina Fiore & John Herrera
Directed by Jen McGowan
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Six, “Happy Holidays”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Ben (Joel Allen) continues developing his sociopath skills; he dupes the cops investigating Andy’s brutal stabbing with a sob story that apparently trumps any physical evidence or lack of corroborating witness. Then Ben whisks Kelen (Danika Yarosch) off to spend Winter Break at home in update Louisiana. Also with his bloody clothes and his trusty God mask.

*Marcus (Derek Luke) dupes Sam Tucker (Jay Ali) into coming over to talk things over. Sam brings his wife, April (Rachel G. Whittle) along, Marcus brings his Colt’s Manufacturing Series 70 Competition handgun out of the gun cabinet, and Michelle provides a lovely spread of Camembert and wine.

*Esme’s (Paola Nuñez) storyline crashes into the ongoing heist planning of the Ryan Grant (Max Martini) Robbery Crew. Not that Esme has much a choice: her unsanctioned murder investigations earn her status as a fugitive, hunted down the street of New Orleans by the NFFA Security State in real-time.

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Dermot Mulroney had such a good time voicing Bobby Sheridan in Season One, he came back for a teaser cameo!

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

* The cold open features more worldbuilding! The title card for “The Bobby Sheridan Show” appears on the screen. As an American eagle spreads its wings, an American Flag flows in the wind, accompanied by an electrified, Jimi Hendrix-esque version of “America the Beautiful”.

*A nice bit of detail. At the bottom of the Bobby Sheridan title card, we see “NFFA Approved” in small but noticeable letters.

*“Fear is the first step on the long  road to respect.” Bobby Sheridan (Dermot Mulroney) puts an NFFA spin on Machiavelli’s famous quote from his 1532 masterpiece of political philosophy, The Prince (“It is better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.”)

*For all his love of the Purge, Bobby Sheridan sees the masked Campus Killer as a coward.

*Turns out the Anti-Purge student (Hayden Guthrie) Ben stalked at end of Episode Four, “Grief Box“, was murdered off-screen.

*Frequent guest Lena Dash (Amye Goussett)  “of the NFFA” thinks the murders are “overblown” and the CCTV footage of Ben wearing the God mask could be a hoax.

*Is journalist Sydney Rivera  (Hannah Alline) an “America Unplugged News” correspondent, or “America Unplugged” news correspondent?

*Sydney perceptively asks, regarding the body of the dead grifterfarmer killed by Ben in Episode Three, “Blindspots“, “How does a corpse bury itself?” and these three off-Purge murders may be the product of NFFA policies.

*Bobby reads an ad for Insta-Glue, “the only glue FDA approved to treat gunshot wounds and stabbings. Insta-Glue, the glue that clots.

*Sydney is already unnerved by Stacy’s offer to help Syd experience the Purge “up close and personal”. Finding out she now has 201 active death threats on “The Urge to Purge” doesn’t help. Stacy brags about her app total of 1,284715 active threats, it’s been “great for her brand.”

*Bobby Sheridan gets the line of the episode: “You’re nobody in America unless somebody wants to Purge you.

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THE PURGE — “Happy Holidays” Episode 206 — Pictured: (l-r) Jaren Mitchell as Doug Vargas, Christine Dunford as SGT Andrea Ziv, Max Martini as Ryan Grant — (Photo by: Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network)

Welcome to the Ryan Grant Robbery Crew, Esme Carmona!

*Since the end of last week’s episode, Esme’s apparently gone on the lam. She’s using an old-fashioned paper map of CCTV camera placement around Olivia Hughes’s apartment.

*Esme takes photos on the same angle as the dashcam in the NFFA Mail (no USPS?) van parked in front of Olivia’s building. She thinks their system may have some clues. Given how thoroughly the NFFA wiped the Surveillance Center footage, it seems unlikely they’d forget about other sources of footage.

*The NFFA uses Darren Moore (Denzel Whitaker ) to lure Esme into the open. Drawing her into an embrace, Darren shows Esme he’s wired. Darren hands her a wad of cash and silently forms the words “I’m sorry” as they exchange misleading small talk.

*Esme escapes tazing, but her boss (Connor Trenneer) at the Surveillance Center uses temporary “Priority Access” to tap into every cell phone in her vicinity and identify her location using facial recognition technology.

*Esme flees to the area of Ryan Grant’s garage. If she knows where it is, wouldn’t her boss? Esme and Vivian (Charlotte Schweiger) tracked Ryan Grant’s movements a couple episodes back; we didn’t see Esme or Vivian deleting that data.

*According to Ryan’s fake Louisiana driver’s license information, he is Graham Dixon, DOB 12-11-1969. LIC # LA3742398, Exp. Dt. 12-11-2036

*Christine Dunford’s corrupt Captain gets ana. Andrea Ziv, same as Ryan’s partner in the articles Esme researched a few episodes back (and same last name as series Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv).

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 Esme Carmona wears the latest from the Public Enemy Number One Collection!

Kelen Stewart Goes on Vacay with the Campus Killer!

*Young Cop (Nicoye Banks) and Old Cop (Mike Harkins) like to brag about their skills, but are they really so gullible as to believe Ben’s story? What about stuff like “fingerprints”, “analyzing the crime scene”, and “evidence”?

*Another Level Y offense in the NFFA’s America? Underage weed purchases. Ben may be a sociopath, but he sure doesn’t want to get expelled.

*At this point in the episode, it’s “117 Days to Purge Night”.

*Turner (Matt Shively) had to his “Molly” in the tongue of his shoe to get it off-campus.

*Ben again proves he is no criminal mastermind by taking the God mask with him and making the torn lining of his suitcase he hides the mask in very obvious to anyone who might look – like his suspicious girlfriend.

*Kelen might not feel “so lucky to be staying with you” when she figures things out.

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Good thing Ben brought along his God mask as a “security blanket” to keep calm.

*At Gardner home, older brother Logan (Joshua Mikel) verbally needles Ben, who verbally explodes, brandishing a knife at his brother as he almost screams, “I’d love to see what the Campus Killer would do to you!”. Ben and Logan’s mom (Shelley Calene-Black),  does not seem surprised at their hostility towards each other.

*How good is the economy? If NFFA manipulates crime statistics,  why not “cook the books” regarding the economy? Logan has an economics degree, yet his mother tries to boost his ego by noting “you had a great interview” for a loading dock job.

*Kelen’s majoring in Art History. Surprisingly enough, there are actually jobs out there for her after college; if she survives dating Ben the Campus Killer.

*That night, Ben sneaks out of the house to burn evidence in an improvised fire pit. Too bad he saves the God mask. Kelen, of course, lets curiosity get the better of her and in searching the suitcase, finds the ripped lining  – and the bloody God mask.

*Kelen has her Sleeping With the Enemy moment as Ben settles in beside her and she stares into space, at the viewer.

* To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, “Give a man a mask, and he’ll show you his true face.

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Hope Ben cleaned up any bloodstains in the car from killing the grifterfarmer.

Marcus and Michelle: Who Are the People In Our Neighborhood Who Want to Kill Me?

*There weren’t quite as many F-Bombs dropped this week, but Marcus did note that Sam must’ve considered Michelle a “volcanic f*ck” if she was worth Purging over.

*It’s nice that Michelle’s first instinct after the meeting collapses is, “I’ll get the duct tape.

*It looks to me like Marcus commits (at the least) off Purge, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Attempted Murder (slamming Sam’s face into the surface of the oven, lighting the gas), and with Michelle as an accomplice, False Imprisonment.

*After all that “persuasion”, Sam cancels his hit, but … that only reduces the bounty by $10,000.00 – to $65,000.00.

*Who put up the rest of the money? Sam turns back to Marcus and Michelle as he and April walk across the street, and spreading his arms wide, says “Look around you.”

*Suddely, Marcus and Michelle notice that their neighbor’s glances seem hostile, veiled with menace. Looks like the entire street chipped in to Purge Marcus.

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Wonder if the Home Owners Association discussed the bounty on Marcus at the meetings he skipped.

The Purge Season Two, Episode Seven, “Should I Stay or Should I Go” airs Nov. 26 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV “House of Mirrors” S2E5 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Five “House of Mirrors”
Written by Lindsey Villarreal
Directed by Christoph Schrewe
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Five, “House of Mirrors”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Esme Carmona (Paola Nuñez) ditches her loyalty to the NFFA and gives Professor Adams’s data to La Resistance – oops, I mean “The Foundation”.

*Things go south in a big way for the Ryan Grant (Max Martini) Robbery Crew, thanks to inept inside man Carl (Christopher Redman).

*Marcus (Derek Luke) finds out who wants him dead – or does he?

*Ben (Joel Allen) commits his fourth murder in five episodes. Spoiler Alert – don’t get too attached to Andy (Lawrence Kao).

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Well, they do say that fences make good neighbors!

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

*Tonight’s mini-episode teaser opens in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Fun fact: “Rio de Janeiro” translates to “River of January” in Portuguese.

*Continuing the “Murder Tourism” first seen in The Purge: Election Year (2016), we meet Bride-to-Be Fernanda (Paula Perra) and  her Maid of Honor Juliana (Luisa Morales) visiting Los Quatro Ventos, Agencia de Viages (Four Winds Travel Agency).

*Fernanda wants a Purge Bachelorette Weekend in the New Orleans, the “Big Easy“.

*The travel agent (Erik Marmo) recommends the Dirty Harry package tour; featuring six shooters, Purge approved Kevlar, and individual bodyguards for each member of the group.

*One brochure urges, “Estilo Purge Big Easy!” (Purge Big Easy Style!), other blare “Purgar Miami”, “Purgar Las Vegas”.

*After Fernanda finishes ordering her Maid of Honor to make all the arrangements and goes to visit the ladies room, Juliana asks the travel agent if refunds are available if not everyone makes it back.

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Sara knows this heist idea is dumb, and so does Ryan.

Esme Carmona, Rebel With a Cause

*Esme’s still using her work PC for personal issues. Is her boss (Connor Trineer) still spying on her like last week?

*Any record of Esme’s sister Sofia (Marianly Tejada) has been wiped from the system.

*The NFFA search categories available on citizens include Report, Photo/Video, Communication, Records, and Associates.

*Ten years ago – Esme visits her father Hector (Jay Santiago) and sister. In the wake of their mother’s death, Sofia’s self-medicating to cope with their father’s physical (and sexual?) abuse. We see bruising and abrasions on Sofia’s wrists and breasts.

*Esme removes Sofia from her father’s clutches and sends her to therapy with Professor Adams. Triggered by repeated calls from their father, Sofia steals money from her sister and runs away.

*On Purge Night, Esme goes to her father’s home and locks him out in revenge for his abuse of the still-missing Sofia. Esme recites the Catholic prayer Hail Mary in Spanish as her father is beaten to death.

*In the present day, Esme unplugs all electronic devices in her apartment before welcoming in a computer hacker (Tyner Rushing) from “the Foundation”. I don’t recall hearing about this group last season, or in any of The Purge films.

*Esme gives the woman the Olivia Hughes files, along with the hard copy files Darren found regarding Professor Adams’s research “her family deserves to know the truth”.

*Turns out the NFFA used a bug in Esme’s purge to get around her anti-surveillance precautions.

*WHAT happened to convince Esme to so suddenly turn against the NFFA? At the end of E4,  she’s staring at her computer monitor in shock; this week she’s inviting an anti-Purge hacker into her home and determined to bring the truth to light no matter the cost.

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Doug pulls surveillance duty at the golf club.

Situation Normal, All F*cked Up for the Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Ryan and Sara (Chelle Ramos) monitor via a Getac monitor and spycam pen as Carl O. (Christopher Redman) heads to the Barker plantation in Madisonville, LA. to plant an electronics-suppressing trigger in the wealthy family’s valuables before it’s loaded on a private jet on Purge Night.

*If that’s actually Carl’s own car, the window decals indicate he has a wife and two kids.

*Carl’s obsequious comment on the hunting scene hanging in the Barker’s hall (“Was the painter “En plein aire”?) doesn’t help him get access to the safe upstairs.

*Silas and Deb Barker (J.D. Evermore and Rebecca Wisocky) hand Carl an inventory and send him on his way. They go to the golf club, tailed by Doug (Jaren Mitchell).

*No access to safe means Ryan goes to Plan B. Namely, a bit of off-Purge Breaking and Entering to plant the trigger. If they’re unarmed, it’s only a Level Y offense!

*Too bad for Ryan and Sara, Carl brought a gun. Ryan takes it and ups their crime to armed breaking and entering, as well as leaving a ton of fingerprints.

*Carl takes a break from lookout duty to steal a gold pocket watch from sideboard and study that hunting scene again. As we see the hounds and riders are not chasing a fox, but a ghostly human figure, Carl’s brains splatter on the canvas. The Barkers are home!

*The Barkers lock their house down, arm themselves up and prepare to play The Most Dangerous Game, because Man is the Deadliest Animal of All.

*In the world of The Purge, do Louisiana’s Stand Your Ground/Castle Doctrine laws still exist?

*Ryan makes a deal with the devil, in the form of their old Captain (Christine Dunford), to escape the immediate danger. Her crooked cops haul Ryan and Sara away, but in return she demands cut of their score and control over any decision Ryan makes.

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Yeah, Ryan, we miss Tommy too. Hope you can bust him out of jail!

 

Ben Gardner: Full Time Student, Part-time Serial Killer

*Dear The Purge USA writing staff – WHAT happened to the anti-Purge activist (Hayden Guthrie) Ben stalked at the end of the last episode? If Ben murdered her, his body count is now up to four in the space of five episodes.

*How cute Kelen (Danika Yarosh) and Ben dressed up in matching Harry Potter costumes for Halloween.

*Andy is reading up on the NFFA classics, including “Foundations of the Experiment: Unauthorized“, allegedly written by the late Dr. May Updale (Marisa Tomei).

*Since Dr. Updale was murdered at the end of The First Purge (2018), did she even “write” this history? Both stories about her ultimate fate – she committed suicide after the First Purge (according to Kelen), or died Purging (the “true” story according to Andy), are false. Viewers of The First Purge know what these characters do not; Dr. Updale was murdered by the NFFA after suffering a “My God, What Have I Done?” moment.

*Some choice quotes from Dr. Updale’s book: “Giving in to your worst urges as a form of military service” and “humans are animals, born to hunt.”

*Kelen says talking to Andy is like listing to Bobby Sheridan, “everything is about the Purge.” The link above has some very interesting information about Bobby Sheridan, the as yet unseen radio proselytizer of the Purge. According to Producer Krystal Houghton Ziv,

We will see one character who we only heard last year,” Ziv stated. “In Season 1, our Joe character listened to those Bobby Sheridan tapes – the motivational speaker. And we’ll get to meet that character this year. And he was voiced by Dermot Mulroney so we were super excited to get Dermot Mulroney to play Bobby Sheridan.”

*Kelen’s friend Bonnie (Ahmarie Holmes) would’ve left the Double Date from Hell, but for fear of ending up on Andy’s “Kill List”.

* Sometime later, we see Ben and Andy playing video games & drinking in Andy’s dorm room.

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No pictures of Ben, Esme, or Marcus this week. It’s all robbery, all the time!

*Andy wonders why Ben acts ashamed of Purging, since they’re just “Doing what man was meant to do” and shouldn’t let girls guilt trip them into hiding it. MRA rhetoric? Girls make them feel ashamed; sounds like the NFFA’s borrowed rhetoric from the MRAs.

*Ben wonders why the Purge is only one day out of the year. “How can something be good one day and wrong the next?” Misreading Andy’s enthusiasm for the Purge, Ben confesses to murdering the hapless grifterfarmer who supposedly died of heatstroke.

*Both Joel Allen and Lawrence Kao (along with the editing, sound, etc.) do a great job with Andy’s pretending to accept Ben’s denial, and Ben’s dawning realization that Andy doesn’t believe Ben’s hasty walk-back.

*Ben again stabs a victim in the stomach. Repeatedly.

*While leaving DNA and fingerprints EVERYWHERE. If the NFFA was still interested in, you know, solving crime, Ben might be in some trouble.

*Ben also forgets his wallet. He manages to sneak back into the dorm, but we see –

*A wonderful contrast between Ben frozen before a set of elevators doors, watching the lights flash downwards, and the overcranked shot of students walking back to those same elevators after a false fire alarm.

*The doors open to reveal Andy’s bloody corpse. This will be hard to classify as suicide or heatstroke.

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I don’t know if I buy the whole “keep valuables in the air during the Purge” idea. Isn’t hijacking legal on Purge Night too?

Marcus Moore Thinks He Knows Who Wants to Kill Him (Or Does He?)

*Smoothly sinister Albert (Robert Catrini) responds to Marcus’s Ivory Road posting. He’ll give Marcus the name of whoever wants him dead; instead the usual Ivory Road currency (Oxycontin), Albert places Marcus on retainer.

*Much to Marcus’s chagrin (what will the neighbors think?), Albert brings a bloody, wounded man to the Moore house.

*Marcus adapts quickly to life as a Mob Doctor, treating the man’s leg wound and his acute “CompartmentSyndrome” in a graphic dinner table surgery scene.

*Oops! Michelle comes home, and is none to please to see what’s happened to her dining table. She’s even less happy when Albert gives Marcus the name he’s seeking; Sam Tucker, a neighbor down the street Michelle was sleeping with.

*I was a bit dubious that the answer to “who tried to kill Marcus” would be something so seemingly trite as “the neighbor Michelle was having an affair with”. But since Sam Tucker (Jay Ali) appears in next week’s episode, I guess that’s the answer to the mystery.

*Or is it?

 

The Purge Season Two, Episode Six, “Happy Holidays” airs Nov. 19 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.

THE PURGE TV “Grief Box” S2E4 – F&S Deep Dive

The Purge TV logoSeason Two, Episode Four “Grief Box”
Written by Desta Tedros Reff
Directed by James Reynono
[All  images courtesy Alfonso Bresciani/USA Network]

 

Now, we continue the NFFA sanctioned All-American Carnage with The Purge Season Two, Episode Four, “Grief Box”!

Be sure to visit Father Son Holy Gore for The Purge episode recaps, and follow FSHG for tons of in-depth TV and movie recaps, analysis, and reviews!

WARNING!

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Spoilers Ahead!

 

Plot Threads of the Dammed

*Esme (Paola Nunez) continues investigating Prof. Adams’s death, using NFFA resources.

*Marcus continues investigating into who tried to kill him.

*Ryan (Max Martini), Sara (Chelle Ramos), and Doug (Jaren Mitchell) continue planning their big heist.

*And Ben (Joel Allen) continues to get away with murder due to the NFFA’s obsession with keeping crime statistics down by manipulating crime statistics and reclassifying murders as heatstroke fatalities and suicides.

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Full shot of the header image – note the reversed writing below the handcuffs on left.

EPISODE NOTES

Teaser Tidbits

This week, the teaser takes the form of an NFFA public service announcement celebrating “Remembrance Day”, celebrated on June 21, three months after the annual Purge. We follow a formally dressed man (Choppy Guillotte) delivering “Grief Boxes” to families of Purge fatalities.

*The driver/delivery man wears formal mourning clothes, with a sprig of Blue Baptisia in the buttonhole and a yellow handkerchief in the breast pocket.

*The Star-Spangled Banner plays softly in the background.

*The soothing words of the female narrator urges viewers to “Wish a safe and happy holiday to every citizen who has a loved one sacrificed for the Purge … celebrate these great martyrs who gave their lives for our county …no greater act of service than to give your life for our great nation. We celebrate the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice … it’s the American thing to do.

*Giving one’s life for one’s country … an idea going back to Roman poet Horace. His Odes (III.2.13) exclaim,

“It is sweet and good (or right) to die for your fatherland,” wrote the poet Horace (Odes III.2.13), and echoes of this idea are seen in requiems and memorials throughout history. “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori,” translated “What joy, for fatherland to die!”

*Thanking the families of Purge Night victims can be seen as the NFFA version of thanking veterans for their service, a rote phrase often accompanied by giving veterans discounted sports tickets or a lower interest rate on their new home.

*While many things have changed in the NFFA’s America, the American Way of Death is still intimately entwined with commerce.

*The driver eventually returns to an Amazon-like warehouse where an enormous assembly line puts together Grief Boxes. Each box appears to contain some items unique to each victim, a portrait of said Purge victim, and a miniature brass urn.

*As the camera pans away from the assembly line, we see wheelbarrows toting mounds of ashes from massive containers. Are the bodies we saw picked up from the curb in Episode Two taken to industrial-scale crematoriums? Where have we seen that before in human history?

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Michelle again takes second place to Marcus’s investigation obsession .

Esme Carmona, Plucky Detective

*Esme gets her jump scare quotient for the episode when Darren visits with hard copies of Prof. Adams’s test subjects. She’d deliberately misfiled them to keep them safe.

*The subjects have no names, only numerical identification. Esme plans to get around that by using NFFA facial recognition software.

*Darren said Prof. Adams was studying the addiction to violence, theorizing that those violent acts light up the pleasure centers of the brain like a drug. Which isn’t too far off the mark in real life.

*Darren speculates something the audience already knows from the Purge movies; the whole premise of the Purge is a lie. Instead of reducing crime, the Purge “makes people want to kill more, every day of the year.”

*The First Purge (2018), revealed the original Purge’s origins as a dodgy social science experiment. The Purge: Anarchy (2014) exposed the 1%’s practice of using the Purge to reduce the population of the other 99%.

*According to Esme, blowing a stop sign marks citizens as a “Level G”, and enables government tagging. Last week, we learned that Tommy’s crime marked him as a Level R offender.

*Esme learns that every test subject but one is dead.  Deceased subjects include Jeremy Cain, Alex Wade, Ian Grossman, (Candace?) Remante, Sam Bogh, Dara Kurvitch, Serge Paloulian, Trent Sarreal.

*Esme finds the last test subject, Olivia Hughes, dead, and a broken window latch in the woman’s home. Detective Estrada (Gerardo Davila) is surprised. He hasn’t had a “B & E” (breaking and entering) in six years, much less a murder.”

*Back at work, Esme again uses work computers to search for video footage around Olivia’s home. Oddly, all she finds is an error message: “Media Offline: error code: 987aba468_23”.

*Det. Estrada is not pleased to get a call from Esme about this. Olivia’s death has been ruled a suicide. He understands that may upset Esme, given her sister’s troubled history.

*Except Esme didn’t tell Estrada about her sister.

*Aaaanndd her Supervisor (Connor Trinneer) is monitoring Esme’s reaction to this call – through her computer monitor.

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Esme continues to use easily monitored work computers for her private investigation.

The Ryan Grant Robbery Crew

*Ryan’s crew plots the bank/airport heist at his mother’s rest home.

*Their problem with their plan; using jamming devices to disable the money plane’s electronics would be illegal, along with putting the triggering device in the money before it’s loaded on plane.

*Visiting Tommy (Jonathan Medina) in jail gets Ryan the name of a possible bank connection.

*Tommy’s been in the clink for three months and appears to be getting beaten regularly.

*Wonder what Ryan’s gift of The Count of Monte Cristo to Tommy signifies? The future storyline for Tommy?

*Turns out you can use Grief Boxes to get free lap dances at strip clubs!

Marcus and Michelle: I Don’t Know Who Wants to Kill Me

*Turns out Marcus didn’t lose his wife Tonya (Devyn Tyler) to a Purge related event but just having different visions of life. Tonya wanted to stay in their neighborhood, Marcus wanted to move up and out to the Garden District. (Interesting. Click that link and you’ll see a house that looks very familiar from Season 1.)

*The P.I. Marcus hired last week discovered that the assassin, name of  Heywood Diedrick, lived on the same street Marcus grew up on.

*14 yrs ago on Purge Night, Marcus and Tonya gathered their neighbors inside their house, with the children in the center of the room for safety. A masked Purge gang bursts in. One holds a knife to Tonya’s throat. She recognizes the teen, Eli, (Joshua Rivera), by his voice and Nike Air Force 1 shoes.

*Tonya, with help from Marcus and Andre Damien D. Smith) talks him down to put the knife down.

*Eli uses a hunting knife as his weapon of choice; an up-close and personal weapon we’ll see Ben wield fourteen years in the future.

*Present – Andre arrives at BBQ in a GMC Denali truck that tried to run Marcus over. M assaults Andre, but D points out A’s car has a Jamaica front plate cover and a roof rack with spotlights

*Marcus learns from Tonya that someone had come around last summer asking about him. Marcus goes home and again abandons Michelle (Rochelle Aytes) to rework his suspect board (aka String Theory Wall of Crazy) and visit the Ivory Road message boards.

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Marcus is about to leap on the Dark Web.

Ben and the Really Bad Strawberry Road Trip

*Ben relives killing last week’s grifterfarmer (ops, I meant “beloved berry farmer”) as he punches a boxer’s training dummy. He’s even more relieved when Kellen shows him a news report revealing the farmer’s body was discovered. The cause of death? Heatstroke!

*Interesting NFFA news blurb on tv “NFFA Cancels Iowa Event So Level 10 Officials Can Remain With Their Loved Ones”. Is this plot-related or just Remembrance Day Weekend scheduling?

*Ben’s visit to the “Purge USA Store” “Remembrance Day Sale” is the visual highlight of this episode, featuring more of the Purge Commercial Industrial Complex.

*Along with signs advertising “New and Used Purge supplies at 20-80% Off!” we see this gem –

“Lost a Loved One?

Purged  a Pal?

Present a new

Grief Box

For 25% Off!”

*Items on sale run the gamut – Chain saws, heavy-duty flashlights, along with what looks like WW2 hand grenades and Civil War minne balls. Crossbows, Throwing Stars,  hunting knives with wicked serrated edges, handguns, and shotguns.

*I didn’t see semi-automatic weapons; they must be above the “Class 4 and lower” allowed during the Purge.

*Get your Purge All-Purpose Bleach in the Purge Cleanup Section, featuring products to remove “blood, urine, fecal matter, odors – Guaranteed – Natural Ingredients!”

*The store PA system announcesWe Blow Out So You Can Blow ‘Em Away!

*Ben meets a Purge True Believer at the store. Andy Tran (Lawrence Kao) loves the Purge, and loves to drink, so Ben invites him to Remembrance Day Frat Party.

*Andy would add his roomie to his Purge list, but needs him for answers to Organic Biology tests.

*Ben picks out a knife, Andy perceptively notes, “You like that up-close kind of sh*t, huh?”

*Are the hooded, bound young men at the party frat pledges, or something more sinister?

*Instead of putting his turncoat friend Turner (Matt Shively) on his Purge list (or killing him right there), Ben ends his evening stalking of the annoying Anti-Purge activist (Hayden Guthrie), wearing the blood-smeared God Mask.

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I’m sure the police would say Ben’s latest victim fell on the hunting knife!

The Purge Season Two, Episode Five, “House of Mirrors” airs Nov. 12 at 9/8c on USA.

Official USA network images, articles, and other Purge related goodies can be found here.
My deep dives into Bates Motel, The Exorcist, and Seasons 1 & 2 of Channel Zero reside at SciFi4Me; Fang and Saucer is home to my deep dives into Season One of The Purge TV, and Channel Zero Seasons 3 & 4.

Until next week citizens, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.